The Versailles City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 8, in their regular session, passed an ordinance banning residential dwellings on the ground level of structures that face a street in specific areas in downtown Versailles. This typically will affect “storefront” businesses containing living quarters.
The ordinance specifically states that “residential dwellings shall not be allowed on the ground level of structures that face a street and any part of the structure used as a residential dwelling shall be restricted to the upper floors or rear of the structure.”
The ordinance applies only in the following areas: Monroe St. from Versailles St. to Washington; Fisher St. from Versailles St. to Washington; Newton St. from S. Krekel to S. Fisher; and Jasper St. from S. Krekel to S. Fisher.
John Ebeling, who lives in a downtown storefront, expressed concern with the City of Versailles “taking control of personal property.” It was explained storefronts that are currently living quarters are “grandfathered in.” People presently living in these areas will not be affected.
Dunham Park Lot
In other property related business, the City Council discussed the purchase of a parcel of land adjacent Dunham Park. Owner of the property, Cecilia Dunham, stated she will accept $10,000 for the approximately 1 acre parcel and will be willing to split the cost of a survey to create the new tract. The council approved entering into a real estate contract with Dunham for purchase of the lot for $10,000 plus closing costs and half the survey cost.
Carpenter-Guenther Proposal
Andy Moon, with Carpenter-Guenther Lumber, approached the council with a proposal to lease or purchase city owned property behind the lumber store, a section of land 100 feet by 172 feet, described as the “old MFA lot.”
Moon said the land would be leveled and gravel put down to make more room for work to be done out of the roadway for safety. Future plans may include two buildings for increased inventory. Moon provided a drawing of the proposed lot and buildings to the council for consideration. No action was taken.
Striping Bid Approved
Superintendent of Public Works Charles Hibdon reported a bid was received from Leutkemeyer Striping. The bid was approved, up to $30,000, for painting crosswalks and striping designated streets.
Hibdon attended a two-day water and wastewater class in Osage Beach. Ethan Braun went to a two-day animal control class in Columbia.
Wastewater Plant Repairs
Lonnie Madole with Alliance Water Resources, reported lift station 1 has been throwing a gasket on the pump and it costs $50 to repair and replace each time this happens. A new plate where the gasket attaches will be purchased to help with the issue.
Police Report
Police Chief Chad Hartman reported Sgt. Michael Miller is back from Level 3 CSI training and would like to return for Level 4 training next year.
A truck order from last year is now in. The cost is $37,899. If purchased next year, it will be $8,000 higher. Hartman was granted permission by the council to buy the Ford police truck this year to save the money. The police equipment to install on the truck is already in house.
In a related matter, the police department will be attempting to sell its 2016 Ford Interceptor, with 130,000 miles, to another agency for $7,500. If it does not sell, it will be put out for bids with a $7,500 reserve.
The police department is continuing to send out nuisance letters and dangerous building letters, the next dangerous building hearing is scheduled 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Mayor Morrow’s Report
Mayor Jamie Morrow reported Scare on the Square was a “huge success” and praised community members and businesses working together.
Morrow attended a Rock Island Trail meeting and reported it is not certain when the trail will arrive, but it is coming.
The next council meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at City Hall in Versailles.