Maple Leaf Booths
News release - Maple Leaf
Festival booths are filling fast according to
Committee Co-Chair Cheryle Finley. "Booth
spaces for food and craft vendors are filling
rapidly," said Finley. "This year we
added an outdoor commercial booth area and those
limited number of spaces are rapidly filling as
For food vendors, both sidewalk
spaces and pull-thru spaces for trailers are
available on the south side of the historic
downtown square. Electricity is available to
these vendors on a first-come, first-served
Craft booths will fill the
remaining three sides of the courthouse sidewalk.
All items must be handmade or embellished with
This years new addition,
the outdoor commercial booth spaces, will be
located on the east side of North Main between
Third Street and Central Avenue. This is the
first time for these outdoor booth spaces.
Forms for all booth spaces are
available on the Chamber website at
www.carthagechamber.com or at the Chamber office
by contacting Mary Jo Little at 358-2373. When
all spaces in a category are filled, a short
waiting list will be compiled.
The 8-day Maple Leaf Festival
will commence on Saturday, October 9 with the
Maple Leaf Beauty Pageants and conclude on
Saturday, October 16 with the "largest
parade in Southwestern Missouri" starting
its route on the historic downtown square. Food,
craft and commercial booths on the square combine
with live entertainment to provide plenty of
activity for the 80,000+ parade attendees. In
addition to the downtown activities, the day
holds plenty of other events located throughout
Carthage including car shows, Marching Cobras
live entertainment, antique car and tractor
shows, dog show, and the Carthage R-9 Band
Contest to name a few.
Watch for further information
on the festivals events and register
quickly. Maple Leaf Festival brochures are
available through the Chamber in both English and
Spanish. Simply contact Chamber staff or stop in
to pick up a supply to share with friends,
employees, family and groups.
OF THE MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL CITY OF
AUGUST 10, 2010
The Carthage City Council met
in regular session on the above date at 7:30 P.M.
in the City Hall Council Chambers with Mayor J.
Michael Harris presiding. The invocation was
given by Interim Fire Chief Roger Williams and
the flag salute was led by Police Captain Randee
The following Council Members
answered roll call: Brent Greninger, Claude
Newport, Wayne Campbell, Charlie Bastin, Jr., T.
J. Teed, Diane Sharits, John Studebaker, Bill
Welch, Lee Carlson and Dan Rife. City Attorney
Nate Dally and City Administrator Tom Short were
Mrs. Sharits made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Carlson, to approve the minutes
of the July 27, 2010 Council Meeting. Motion
Mr. Newport reported the Budget
Ways and Means Committee did not meet August 9,
2010 due to a lack of business.
Mrs. Sharits reported the
Finance and Personnel Committee met on this date
in Council Chambers. According to Mrs. Sharits,
the Committee supports and recommends the passage
of C. B. 10-34, setting the property tax levy and
C. B. 10-31, approving a settlement agreement
with T-Mobile. Mrs. Sharits made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Campbell, to advance C.B. 10-33
to second reading tonight due to deadlines set by
MoDOT for processing the documents. Motion
Reporting for the Public
Services Committee, Mr. Greninger noted the
Committee supports the Memorandum of
Understanding with the Carthage Humane Society
regarding the land adjacent to their facility.
After an explanation by Mr. Greninger, Mr. Welch
made a motion, seconded by Mr. Carlson, to allow
the Dog Park Group to hold a fundraiser in the
Municipal Pool after the close of the season.
Motion carried. Mr. Campbell had a question about
the use of the pool. Mr. Greninger reported the
Committee had accepted the bid of Race Brothers,
Carthage, for two park mowers including trade-in,
in the amount of $19,987.00. The budgeted amount
was $28,000.00 and the only other bid was from
Anderson Car and Tractor, Joplin, in the amount
of $23,200.00. Mr. Carlson made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Campbell, to accept the Race
Brothers bid of $19,987.00. Motion carried.
Mr. Greninger noted a bucket truck had been
donated to the City by CW&EP for use by the
Parks and Street Departments. Mr. Welch made a
motion, seconded by Mrs. Sharits, to accept the
bucket truck from CW&EP.
Mr. Welch reported the Public
Safety Committee would meet August 16, 2010 at
the Police Department.
Mr. Rife reported the Public
Works Committee met August 3, 2010 and he
referred to the minutes for additional details.
It was noted by Mr. Rife that the Committee
endorses C.B. 10-33, an ordinance with MoDOT for
a guardrail near the hospital.
Special Committee and Board
Liaison Reports were given by the following: Mr.
Teed, Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council and
Mrs. Sharits for both the Library Board and the
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mayor Harris, in his report,
announced the members of the Fire Chief Selection
Committee as follows: Mr. Newport, Mr. Short, Mr.
Teed, Mr. Welch and himself. Mayor Harris noted
the process had required many hours of work and
expressed his appreciation to the group. After 11
interviews, the Committee selected Chris
Thompson, the District Fire Marshall with the
State of Missouri as the new Fire Chief. Mrs.
Sharits made a motion, seconded by Mr. Welch, to
approve Chris Thompson as the new Fire Chief.
Motion carried. Mayor Harris reported on events
he had attended since the last meeting including
a candidates forum; throwing the first pitch at a
Girls Little League Tournament; exercising
his right to vote; attending an Extension picnic,
visiting Marian Days and participating in a
prayer service on the square.
City Attorney Nate Dally
complimented the Police Department on the well
enforced Marian Days and the special Municipal
Court scheduled for Marian Day tickets only. Mr.
Dally noted the KAMO lawsuit was continuing in
the courts with a recent request for information
from the City.
City Administrator Tom Short
reported on meetings he had attended and provided
details on the following: the latest sales tax
report down 19% from this time last year; a
citizens letter complaining of noise issues
with the Marian Days event; the 6.6% decline in
golf rounds in the past year at the Citys
course, also a nationwide trend; talks with R-9
School Officials on the use of the Memorial Hall
in an emergency for a parent pickup location;
meetings with the newly appointed Fire Chief; a
public hearing coordinated by Harry S. Truman
Coordinating Council for hazardous mitigation
plan for Jasper County on August 11, 2010; the
latest from MoDOT on the future of the 1-49
corridor; a letter of agreement with the Historic
Preservation Group on the Certified Local
Government Program to be discussed at the next
Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation
Commission meeting and a meeting with State
Director of Economic Development and other City
Officials on the strategic plan for the area.
Police Captain Randee Kaiser
provided an update on Chief Dagnan noting the
doctors are very pleased with his progress.
Captain Kaiser reported on the successful Marian
Days and handed out a summary showing key
statistics such as arrests, tickets, etc. He also
expressed appreciation to the Street and Fire
Departments for their help during the event.
Interim Fire Chief Roger
Williams confirmed the Marian Days event went
very well with only one minor fire and the
departments attempts to keep the fire lanes
open. He commended Chris Thompsons
appointment as Fire Chief, who he noted is a fine
gentleman with progressive ideas.
Parks Director Alan Bull
announced the pools last day would be this
Sunday, August 15, 2010.
The Committee on Claims filed a
report in the amount of $1,462,972.39 against the
following funds: General Revenue $70,476.85;
Parks & Recreation Fund $26.42; Lodging Tax
$6,125.00; Public Health $888.52; Golf Course
Fund $1,517.34; Powers Museum $5,658.88; Library
$30,194.82; Payroll $218,084.56 and McCune-Brooks
Regional Hospital $1,130,000.00. Mr. Carlson made
a motion, seconded by Mr. Teed, to accept the
report and allow the claims. Motion carried.
During the Citizens
Participation Period: L. Champlin, 1630 Regan; Ed
Grundy, Central Pet Care, 200 W. Central; Chuck
Pauley, 308 Euclid and Kaylene Cole, Spare Cat
Rescue, spoke in favor of C.B. 10-29 regarding
feral cats. Matthew Holloway, 813 S. Lyon, read
quotes by Dr. Ben Levins on concerns with the
feral cat ordinance.
Under old business, C.B. 10-29
an Ordinance to amend Chapter 4, Articles I and
II of the Code of Carthage regarding Animals, to
provide for the managed care of Feral Cats was
placed on second reading followed by a roll call
vote of 8 yeas and 2 nays. The nay votes were
Council Members Campbell and Rife. The yea votes
were Council Members Newport, Teed, Bastin,
Sharits, Studebaker, Welch, Carlson and
Greninger. Bill passed. Prior to the vote Mr.
Welch, Mayor Harris, Mr. Newport, Mr. Short, Mr.
Rife, Mrs. Sharits and Mr. Campbell discussed the
C.B. 10-30 an Ordinance
authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement
with Blevins Asphalt Construction Co., Inc. for
the annual Asphalt Paving Contract for fiscal
year 2011 (not to exceed $108,000 in cost, per
the 2011 fiscal year budget) was placed on second
reading followed by a roll call vote of 10 yeas
and no nays. Bill passed.
Under new business, a Public
Hearing was held on the proposed Property Tax
Levy. No one spoke during the hearing.
C.B. 10-31 an Ordinance
approving a settlement agreement with T -Mobile
was placed on first reading with no action taken.
C.B. 10-32 an Ordinance
amending the Annual Operating and Capital Budget
of the City of Carthage for the fiscal year 2010
-2011 was placed on first reading with no action
C.B. 10-33 an Ordinance
authorizing the Mayor to execute a Contract
between the City of Carthage and the Missouri
Highway and Transportation Commission providing
for a Cost Apportionment Agreement for J7S0810
was placed on first reading and second reading as
moved forward in a motion by Mrs. Sharits earlier
in the meeting. Bill passed after a roll call
vote of 10 yeas and no nays.
C.B. 10-34 an Ordinance levying
general taxes upon real property located within
the City of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri for
the year 2010, for general revenue purposes and
other purposes, and fixing the rates thereof was
placed on first reading with no action taken. Mr.
Bastin had questions on the levy that were
answered by Mayor Harris.
taken. Mr. Bastin had questions
on the levy that were answered by Mayor Harris.
Mr. Bastin made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Newport, to approve the
Mayors appointments of Bill Welch to the
Kellogg Lake Board and John Studebaker to the
Carthage Humane Society Board. Motion carried.
Mr. Bastin made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Newport, to approve the
Mayors Appointments to the Care Leave
Committee of Tim Hill, Vicki Davis and Bill
Hawkins to serve until August 2012 and the
appointment to the Library Board of Kelly Hartley
to serve until August 2013. Motion carried.
Mr. Newport made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Bastin, to accept the Memorandum
of Understanding with Carthage Humane Society on
land adjacent to the current Carthage Humane
Society Building deeded in the past for the use
and benefit of McCune-Brooks Hospital. Motion
In closing remarks, Mr.
Newport, Mr. Bastin and Mr. Teed expressed
appreciation to Interim Fire Chief Roger
Williams. Mrs. Sharits and Mr. Welch thanked all
of those who made the Marian Days event a
Mr. Rife made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Bastin, to adjourn the Council
meeting. Motion carried and meeting adjourned.