Aldermen handle variety of business

The Starkville Board of Aldermen handled a variety of business Tuesday, approved the following:
• The application for the Tiger 2 grant for street upgrades in the City of Starkville.
• Participating in the gameday shuttle service for the MSU football season, costing $350 per game, totaling $2,450.
• Calling for a public hearing on the proposed municipal budget for the 2011 fiscal year.
• The Visitor’s Convention Council request for the fiscal year 2011 budget of its 2 percent sales tax funds.
• Advertising for vacancies for municipal boards to include the storm water advisory board, the library board of trustees and the Starkville Housing Authority.
• Appointing Whit Waide to the Historic Preservation Commission, Mary Love Taggart to the storm water advisory board and Phillip Griffith to the Oktibbeha County Library Board.
• Closing Main Street and in-kind city services on September 3 from 4 to 10 p.m. for the Viva StarkVegas downtown block party.
• Allowing the mayor to sign a grant agreement after the city was awarded $290,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration. The city will match the grant with $7,656.
• A request by the Creamery at Central Station LLC for a zoning change from a planned unit development (PUD) to a general business district (C-2) located at 200 South Montgomery Street. The board also approved a revised condominium plat for the same area.
• All claims, save those of the fire department, as of August 12, 2010.
• The report of receipts and expenditures for the period ending July 31, 2010.
• An order to open inspection and examination the Mississippi Tax Commission’s uniform motor vehicle assessment schedule for the fiscal year 2010 - 2011.
• Authorization for the mayor to sign the “Commericial and Industrial Efficiency Advice and Incentive Agreement” between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the City of Starkville.
• A request for a consultant to perform engineering and design related services related to the Lynn Lane multi-use path project and authorization to enter into a contractual agreement. The board voted 5 - 2 with Ward 6 Alderman Roy Á. Perkins and Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn in opposition.
• Hiring Adam Folmer to fill a vacant firefighter position. The board voted 5-2 with Perkins and Vaughn against.
• Advertising to fill vacant police officer positions.
• Hiring Clayton McHann as an independent contractor for construction inspector services in connection with the Hospital Road rebuild project.
• Continuing the services of Hughdolph Guin as an independent contractor for the electrical inspection services for the 2010-11 budget year.
• A pay estimate of $23,584 for J.J. Ferguson Sand and Gravel for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project, Phase II.
• A pay estimate of $8,503.22 for Renrock Construction for the 2009 drainage improvement project No. 12 - Hollis II.
• A pay estimate of $4,909.49 for Weathers Construction Inc. for the Hospital Road pedestrian improvement project.
• A resolution for the Pink Heals Fire Tour in support of a cancer cure and awareness.
• A payment of $34,549.53 for Weathers Construction Inc. for Fire Station No. 5.
• Educational assistance benefits for Edward Kemp, the city’s engineer, as provided by the city’s educational assistance policy.
• Education assistance benefits of six credit hours for Laura Hines Roberson as provided in the city’s educational assistance policy.
• Purchasing water pipe, valves and fittings for $8,600.35 from Empire Pipe to install a water line for fire protection to existing structures on Fire Station Road in an area annexed in 1998.
• A request for Stidham Construction to install a water line on Fire Station Road in an area annexed in 1998 in the amount of $8,547.
• Purchasing a 14” bobcat planer for $12,000 from Williams Equipment for the water department to repair asphalt damage subsequent to street cuts for water and sewer line repairs.
• Purchasing 40 replacement rotor assemblies from ETEC for $5,900 for aeration ditches at the wastewater plant.