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All City Council agendas, support documents and video can be viewed online at cityofcape.org/citycouncil. Official meeting minutes will be posted soon. A summary of Council activity from Sept. 19, 2016 follows:
STUDY SESSION – 5PM
Transit Authority Proposes $15,000 Increase for Free Bus Rides
The Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority Executive Director Tom Mogelnicki proposed that the City Council increase the annual contribution to the CGCTA from $110,000 to $125,000. Mogelnicki explained how the CGCTA could then leverage additional federal funding to eliminate the $2 fixed bus route fees. Watch the presentation and Council discussion on YouTube. No commitments were made, and Mayor Rediger requested additional data from CGCTA and research from city staff.
Chamber Requests Early Renewal for Visitor Bureau
Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Director John Mehner stood by his recent hire, Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitor Bureau Director Brenda Newbern, to ask City Council for an early renewal to their five-year contract. The Chamber/CVB pair proposed no increases, no other changes, asking only to renew their contract to align with their Fall 2016 move to a new facility. The Council voiced support for the Chamber/CVB and no official action was taken.
Most agenda items were passed at their respective stages (some return for multiple readings and discussion). Most notably:
- Heritage Days Proclamation
- Demolition of a 2 Million Gallon water tank off of Gordonville Road.
- Permission to proceed with Fire Sales Tax projects. Due to funding constraints, the City may not move forward with all or part of the building addition, but will decide and notify Kiefner Brothers, Inc. by December 13, 2016.
- Permission to proceed with Cape Splash Phase 2: a pirate ship play space in the river island and increased capacity.
- Kevin Greaser, an active community member and bank president, was appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission.