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Council okays third and final change order for sewer project

The Excelsior Springs City Council last Monday voted 5-0 to approve the third and final change order to the sanitary sewer repair and closed-circuit TV check of the city’s sewer system.

The change order, first considered at another recent meeting but delayed due to an error, wraps up a project started last fall.

According to Utility Services Director Lisa Meyer, the third change order covered items such as adjustments to final quantities of point repairs, cleaning for linear feet of piping, necessary backfill and restoration. Also included was the purchase of several Fernco couplings that weren’t used; Meyer said these couplings would eventually be used, and it was more efficient and cost-effective to keep these items in the city’s inventory than to return them and pay a restocking fee.

The total cost of the change order was $5,092.06, an amount covered by the bond for the sewer repair project.

The council also voted unanimously to renew the city’s agreement with the Eastern Clay County Ambulance District.

The city has provided ambulance service to the district, which wraps around the north and west sides of the Excelsior Springs city limits, then extends southward all the way to the Missouri River, since the district first formed in 2005. The renewal approved last Monday is for the 12-month period starting July 1, and has with it a total payment of $73,986—an increase of 2.37 percent from last year’s amount. Of that total, $40,000 is due by the end of July and the remaining $33,986 is due by Feb. 28, 2015.

In other business, the council renewed liquor licenses for 30 local businesses and changed the managing officer for B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1001’s liquor license from Edward Shelton to Allan Williams.

The city offers several types of liquor licenses—two different 5.0 percent beer/wine licenses for $52.50, package liquor licenses for $75, liquor by the drink or Missouri wine by the drink for $450, Sunday sales for qualifying restaurants and bars for $300, consumption-only licenses for $100, Sunday sales for package liquor for $300 and “tasting” licenses for $25. The renewals approved Monday include: Aldi, Inc., package liquor and Sunday sales; Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Atlas Saloon, liquor by the drink; Bee Line Snack Shop, 5.0 percent beer/package/seven-day license; B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1001, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Broadway Bar & Grill, LLC, liquor by the drink; Casey’s General Store #2495, package liquor and Sunday sales; Clay-Ray Vets/American Legion Post #236, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; D.I.C.K.’s, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Dollar General Store #1207, package liquor; El Maguey Restaurant, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Hunan Restaurant, 5.0 percent beer/wine by the drink; Inn on Crescent Lake, 5.0 percent beer/wine by the drink; John’s Super, package liquor and Sunday sales; 19th Hole Snack Bar, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Outpost Grille, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Paul’s Convenience Store, package liquor and Sunday sales; Pour Boy Oil Company, package liquor and Sunday sales; Price Chopper, package liquor, Sunday sales and “tasting” license; Quick Corner #3, package liquor and Sunday sales; Quick Stop II, package liquor and Sunday sales; The Elms Resort & Spa, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Ventana Gourmet Grill, liquor by the drink; Victory Lanes, 5.0 percent beer/wine by the drink; Wabash BBQ, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales; Walmart SuperCenter #195, package liquor and Sunday sales; Walgreens #11375, package liquor and Sunday sales; Willow Spring Mercantile, Missouri wine by the drink; Worlds Liquors #7, package liquor, Sunday sales and “tasting” license; and Y Liquor, package liquor, Sunday sales and “tasting” license.

The total projected revenue from the licenses beginning July 1 is $13,410. Currently, the city is allowed seven “liquor by the drink” licenses; 16 licenses have been issued in this category but 12 are exempt under local ordinances and do not count toward the total, so three licenses are still available.

Similarly, eight package liquor licenses are allowed and 16 are issued, but 12 are exempt; that leaves a total of five licenses still available.

By Eric Copeland • eric@leaderpress.com

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