Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday,  January 18, 2017                ©2016 Pleasant Hill Times

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New gym floor at the Pleasant Hill Middle School

Pleasant Hill eighth grade boys basketball team take on the Oak Grove Panthers in the first basketball game played on the new PHMS gym floor. Rooster, Tobin Wise, gets ready to shoot a free throw.

City Council approves new ordinance;
‘Shop with a Cop’ program a success

...City Council was working hard and getting things approved at the December 12 and January 9 meetings at 203 Paul Street. Reports were made by several committees and then “approved” became the word of the night as previously discussed issues finally made it to the voting stage.
...The Pleasant Hill Police Department reported that during the Rock Island Trail dedication they were busy with traffic and crowd control but proud to announce no incidents were reported. Responding to an increased number of domestic violence calls over the holiday season kept Pleasant Hill officers busy, but not too busy to participate in joy-giving holiday projects. Pleasant Hill police officers participated in ‘Shop with a Cop’ and ‘Secret Santa’ projects over the course of the holiday season.
...The ‘Shop with a Cop’ program allows police officers to shop with local families in need and purchase the items for them. The department also received anonymous donations to distribute throughout the community as a ‘Secret Santa’ to help those in need during the holiday season and spread Christmas cheer.
...“It was awesome to have this opportunity,” said Chief of Police, Robert Driscoll. “The Secret Santa project allowed us to take thousands of dollars and help people right here in this area. We’re looking forward to next year.”
...Public works committee reported that 67 building permits were issued in 2016. They also reported they were working on some code enforcement issues in the 100 block of south Randolph.
...Parks and Rec reported that preliminary drawings for the proposed rec center would be revealed later in January along with more hard numbers for costs.
...Council voted to renovate the lower level of the police department lobby. Contracts were awarded for the completion of the job.
...The second phase renovations to the historic Memorial Building were also approved. Work has already begun and the building is closed for rentals until April 1.
...The zoning ordinance was amended by adding the definition of a ‘dust free surface’ to clarify requirements. Discussion pertaining to rezoning the 600 block of Vermont from R-1 to C-1 was open for discussion in a public hearing and then voted on. Travis Ross’ plans were approved to use the piece of property on the east side of the street in that block to build a storage unit building. The units will be for the residents of the mobile home park to utilize for storage in an effort to clean up that area.
...A five-year special use permit was approved for use at 1109 N State Route 7 Hwy – next to the DAV donation center. C&L Ice, LLC requested the special use permit for installation of a pre-constructed automatic ice house. The ‘Twice the Ice’ ice house is a vending machine which vends fresh, hygienic, on-demand ice made on site. It also boasts a filtered water vending option as well. Public hearings on the subject were open before the city council meetings. Notification of public hearings is published for two weeks prior to any public hearing.
...A contract with Guier Fence Company was approved. This is a cooperative purchasing contract for fencing materials and installation of fencing for the new basebal field at the sports complex.
...An ordinance was approved to allow the execution of a contract with MoDOT for the Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) funding for a trailway plan. City council also approved an extension of an agreement with Lauber Municipal Law for them to provide legal council on annexation questions the city may have.
...A contract with Affinis Corp was approved. The contract is an engineering agreement for professional services for engineering design, surveying and bidding of phase three of the MoPAC Trail.
...Bob Kee told the council that the Country Club sidewalk project has been pushed back until April for bids due.
...One Pleasant Hill resident spoke with the council on a request to change the city’s noise or disturbing the peace ordinances. The council decided to look into those particular ordinances in other towns and make a decision after that.
...“Our goal is to legislate for the whole community at large, not just single events or incidents. Therefore, we will look at other cities ordinances and make sure we’re comparative before making a decision on this requested change,” said Mayor C.J. Hicks.
...The January 9 meeting was city clerk, Nici Wilson’s last city council meeting in Pleasant Hill. Mayor Hicks and the council wished her luck on her new job as City Administrator in Odessa. The council also welcomed new employee, Utility Billing Clerk, Jessica Elliott.
...Candidate filing for council positions for Precinct 20 and Precinct 21 opened in December. Filing closes January 17 at 5:00 pm.
...City Council meetings are open to the public and held the second and fourth Monday of the month at City Hall.
...A Boy Scout on his way to Eagle was in attendance to observe city government.


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