The council will vote on funding for the demolition and repair of Capitol Ave properties

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Residents will have another chance to discuss properties along East Capitol Avenue, as the Jefferson City Council is expected to vote Monday on a bill that would set aside funds to potentially demolish or repair properties in the area.

If approved, the bill would authorize an additional $575,000 to fund the eventual demolition of 12 properties and the repair of two properties on or near East Capitol Avenue, as well as city bonds. to reimburse the Jefferson City Housing Authority for the costs of acquiring the Housing Authority. accrues when acquiring properties along East Capitol Avenue. It would also cover legal and professional fees associated with demolitions and acquisitions, according to the bill.

City staff have declared the following buildings unsafe, with the recommended reduction for these nuisances being demolition: 109 Adams St.; 113 Adams Street; 401 E. Capitol Ave.; 407 E. Capitol Ave.; 409 Capitol Ave. E.; 410 Capitol Ave. E.; 413 Capitol Ave. E.; 419 Capitol Ave E.; 517 Capitol Ave. E.; 104 Jackson Street; 108 Jackson Street; and 415 Commercial Lane.

The properties at 114 Jackson St. and 429 E. Capitol Ave. were also deemed unsafe but could be repaired, according to the bill.

Unsafe buildings are those “injurious to the health, safety or welfare of” residents, according to Chapter 8 of the city code. This could include collapsed roofs and floors, treacherous balconies, dangerous chemicals spilled into homes, and building elements that could fall and injure homeowners or residents walking near properties.

At last month’s meeting, several history advocates and redevelopers urged the council not to demolish the buildings immediately.

The proposed bill is not a demolition contract, Jefferson City Housing Supervisor Dave Helmick said. The bill only authorizes the city to set aside funds to reduce nuisance to property, whether through demolition or other means. City staff are still expected to request demolition offers and present them to city council for approval.

City staff also do not plan to demolish all 12 properties immediately, Helmick added. However, Helmick said he plans to solicit demolition bids soon for 104 Jackson St., 108 Jackson St., 113 Adams St. and 401 E. Capitol Ave. because of an immediate security risk.

Some residents asked the city last month to market the properties to redevelopers. Because the city does not own the properties listed, City Attorney Ryan Moehlman said, it cannot market or sell the properties to re-developers.

Barbara Buescher owns all 14 dangerous buildings, according to MidMOGIS.

Various items on the agenda

• City Council will recognize Captain Dirk Protzman of the Jefferson City Fire Department for his 25 years of service.

• Kayla Hoey, Chair of the Jefferson City Area Board of Realtors, will receive a municipal proclamation recognizing April as “Fair Housing Month”. Hoey will also present the winners of the “Fair Housing” poster competition.

ARPA Fund

City Council has once again allotted time for local residents and organization representatives to provide suggestions on how the council could use funding from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program through American Rescue. Plan Act.

The city plans to receive $7.58 million in ARPA funding. He has already received more than $3.79 million in ARPA funds, and city staff expect to receive the rest by the end of May.

The city received suggestions from the public and local organizations in February, with housing and infrastructure being the top recommendations.

Bills tabled

• Council will consider a proposed $445,850 contract with Aplex Inc. to upgrade the storm water system around Douglas, Davis and Bolton Drives. The project would include the construction of a stormwater system from Wayne Avenue, along Douglas Drive, to Davis Drive — intercepting water from the West Elementary School and the intersection of West Main Street and Boonville Road.

The project would eventually redirect stormwater that passed through the backyards of homes between Bolton and Douglas Drives, often flooding homes.

The city received $124,019 in grants from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and will use $43,960 from sales tax.

• City Council will consider two bills that would authorize additional 2021-22 annual budget appropriations to the City of Jefferson Police Department.

The first bill would authorize the department to use $48,556 from the Drug Forfeiture Justice Fund to purchase new software to maintain an electronic policies and procedures manual for the department.

The police department currently uses a subscription service through Navex Global. If the council passes the bill, the department will move to Lexipol.

The second bill would authorize the department to use $33,031 in donations to the Jefferson City animal shelter to pay for five mobile data terminals — heavy-duty laptops — and five electronic ticket printers to be installed in officers’ vehicles. animal control.

The equipment would help animal control officers do more field work, scan animals for microchips, access shelter software remotely and search for reports of lost animals, the bill says. .

Pending invoices

• Council will hear a bill that would amend Chapter 25 of the City Code, relating to redevelopments under Chapter 353. The amendments would be consistent with the City’s development plan review procedures to match current law government and streamline the development plan review process, according to the bill.

• City Council will hear two bills that would amend Chapter 19 of the city code to prohibit parking on the east side of Buena Vista — between Edmonds Street and the cul-de-sac — except in parking lots , as well as to prohibit parking for a spot on the east side of West Circle Drive, south of the North Circle Drive intersection.

City staff estimated that it would cost a total of $1,000 in labor and materials to make the changes outlined in the two invoices.

How to participate

City Council will meet in person at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 320 E. McCarty St. Community members can also attend virtually by visiting jeffersoncitymo.gov/calendar.php and clicking on the event city ​​council meeting. Residents can also watch the meeting live on the city’s YouTube page.

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