The Moberly City Council approved a resolution Monday that supports the proposed motor fuel tax on the upcoming November ballot.

The council also approved several other resolutions during its Monday meeting, including approved bids for two new police vehicles and a new pump station.

The model municipal resolution was approved in support of Proposition D, the motor fuel tax increase that will appear on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. The Missouri Municipal League requested passage of the resolution in all municipalities.

City Manager Brian Crane said that the passage of Proposition D is critical to keeping the state’s streets and highways safe. The amendment will also increase the tax on alternative fuels used for motor vehicles, including compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas and propane gas. If approved, the amendment will increase the rate from 17 cents to 27 cents per unit equivalent to a gallon of gasoline or diesel beginning Jan. 1, 2026. The gas tax would increase by two and one half cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, according to the Missouri Secretary of State office.

The state has not raised the the motor fuel tax since 1992. Cities and counties would receive more than $124,000 in additional transportation funding if the tax is increased. The estimated additional revenue to Moberly through the tax will be $200,000 per year, Crane said.

The council also approved a resolution that will authorize Crane to apply for a Historic Preservation Fund Grant through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for an app-based self-guided downtown Moberly walking tour. The tour would include notable buildings or sites identified by the Randolph County Historical Society and professional historians.

The software will use GPS location and provide historical information, photos and audio narration regarding each building or site. Other areas of historical significance that may no longer have a historical structure standing are planned to be depicted with 3D-rendered images. There are 100 historic locations planned around the city.

The city is requesting $24,900 through the grant and plans to spend $16,600 of city funds, with the goal of completion within 12 months after grant funding is approved, Crane said. The funds will go to certified, professional historians to check for historical accuracy and to the software developers who will create the app.

A resolution was also approved to install a booster pump station on Sparks Avenue through Willis Brothers, Inc., which will cost $64,110. The contract is for the booster pump station for high pressure fire protection water flow for MacRak and future development on Sparks Avenue. The timeline on this project is critical to improve fire protection for the facility, according to the Department of Public Utilities. The funds for the project has already been appropriated in this year’s budget.

Work Session

Following the meeting, the council went into a work session.

The council reviewed bids for the demolition of five residential properties in the city. Five bids were received from Loftis Company, Ray’s Service Center, M&M Trucking and Reclamation, J.T. Holman Construction and Red Rock. The Community Development Department recommended that the council accept the lowest bid from M&M Trucking and and Reclamation for $15,187.

The five addresses being demolished are 139 Bedford St., 317 Johnson St., 913 Hinkley St., 710 Burkholder St. and 514 Roberts St.

The bid was not officially approved, but was moved forward to the next city council meeting.

The next public council meeting and work session will be held 6 p.m. Oct. 15.

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