The Versailles City Council Tuesday, Aug. 8 voted to accept a bid of $24,825 from Midwest Roofing of Eldon to replace the roof on a building at the Roy E. Otten Memorial Airport west of Versailles. A second bid for $33,300 from BSC Contractors of Jefferson City was also considered.
Mayor Terry Silvey said an insurance claim estimate may have to be adjusted and that a vapor barrier will be included in the installation of the new roof.
Tax levy set
The tax rate on all property within the city limits of Versailles, for all general tax purposes, was set at $0.7104 per $100 assessed valuation. Last year’s rate was $0.6841. A public hearing on setting the tax levy was conducted just prior to the regular city council meeting.
Sales tax ballot language
Language for a proposed sales tax of one half of 1 percent for the “purpose of funding for capitol improvements and local parks” was introduced for consideration by the council.
The tax is not a new tax, but would “replace any and all storm water and park taxes now enacted.”
If passed by the citizens of Versailles, money collected from the new tax could still be spent for storm water projects, but would now also be available for other uses.
The proposed ballot language, after approval, is slated to appear on the April 2018 election ballot.
It was also reported that sales tax receipts were down approximately $10,000 compared to this time last year.
Council briefs
– The city council agreed to provide police and fire presence for Boy Scout Troop 30’s annual veterans celebration scheduled Nov. 4.
– M.B. “Doc” Jones requested the council consider providing sewer service to the west side of Versailles along a strip annexed into the city approximately 50 years ago.
– Three of five houses slated for demolition have been removed.
– The new excavator has arrived and is in use.
– DeWayne Cunningham, a public works employee was terminated, effective immediately.
– A social media policy has been revised and will be considered for adoption at the next city council meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at City Hall.