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City of Ava To Build Skatepark, Council Selects Design Company

By Sue Curry Jones

Council members adopted three ordinances Tuesday evening during the monthly session of the Ava Board of Aldermen.  Two of the bills were annual agreements that re-instated the city’s commitment to fund the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce, and assist the Douglas County Fair Board with a fairground site.

The third resolution, however, authorized Mayor Eddie Maggard and city clerk Marilyn Alms to sign a consultant agreement with Native Skateparks, LLC, of Colorado, for the design and construction of a skatepark adjacent to the city park.

According to Janice Lorrain, the new skatepark will be built on city property just north of the Ava park, and directly across the street from the tennis courts.  The project is being funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, with $83,500 to be used on the project.

Lorrain said the city received five bids on the project, however, Native Skateparks, LLC was deemed more qualified as they had experience in the Midwest, and had successfully completed several parks in Oklahoma.  The firm also had good references.

Per the agreement, the company is responsible for furnishing the professional and technical skills required for the skatepark, as well as personnel, equipment and materials to complete the product.  Restrooms facilities will also be included.

Motions to approve the contract were posed by David Norman and Ric Engelhardt.  The vote was 3-0.

The agreement with the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce is a 12-month contract beginning July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2013.  The contract stipulates the city will pay the Chamber approximately $2300 on the 15th of each month, for a total commitment of $27,600.

Motions to accept the agreement were made by Ric Engelhardt and Burrely Loftin. The vote was 3-0.

The city’s lease agreement with the Douglas County Fair Board requires $150 for the annual use of the fairgrounds, which sits one mile west of the Ava square. The contract requires the Fair Board to submit liability insurance for every event or activity that takes place on the site, and the agreement runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

Janice Lorrain reported another phase of the sidewalk improvement project has started on the north side of town near the intersection of Bus. Routes 5 and 14 (NW 12th Avenue) and North Jefferson.   The project is slated for completion in 90 days.

Administrative Director Peggy Porter provided council members with an overview of a Missouri Public Energy Pool (MoPEP) meeting recently held in Columbia, Mo.  Porter said the sessions were informative and covered a wide range of topics, including current legislative issues.

Porter said MoPEP is constantly searching for new energy sources, and practical ways to stabilize and / or lower energy costs.

This year Ava’s power usage factor must stay at 97 percent or higher to avoid a penalty charge from Sho-Me Power.   Porter explained that as a member of the energy pool, MoPEP will monitor Ava’s power usage factor to help the city avoid extra charges. The penalty charge, which can be significant, is part of the transmission contract with Sho-Me.

MoPEP is presently working to pursue affordable transmission line access for smaller communities; consequently, the Transmission Access Policy Study (TAPS) group has been established to advocate for electric markets and bring benefits to consumers.  The main goal is to provide long-term service for a reasonable rate.

TAPS is an informal association of transmission-dependent electric utilities that want to improve the transmission grid in America.

Councilmen approved bills for payment, and adjourned into closed session.  No actions were taken.

Aldermen present for the session were Ric Engelhardt, Burrely Loftin and David Norman.  Billy Long was absent.

The next council meeting will be Tuesday, June 26, 5:00 p.m. at Ava City Hall.