The Pleasant Hill City council opened the floor up to the public for comments at the last council meeting regarding the MIddle Big Creek Sewer Subdistrict Phase 2 proposal to issue debt not to exceed $106 million for acquiring constructing, improving, and extending sewer system servicing. Middle Big Creek also sent a representative to the meeting to field public questions. The Council then voted to approve the request. The City utilizes the Middle Big Creek Sewer SubDistrict (MBC) to treat all sanitary sewers. MBC provides conveyance and treatment for seven other governmental agencies and operates a wastewater treatment facility within Pleasant Hill. MBC would like to issue sewer revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $106,000,000 to facilitate improvements and expansion of the conveyance and treatment system. The proposed expansion includes an estimated 17,500 ft extension of the Big Creek Interceptor, installation of new metering structures, implementation of billing based on sewer utilization, and improvements to the Pleasant Hill Waste Water Treatment Facility. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2025. The rates charged to the City and the other governmental customers would be impacted by the expansion and passed on to the City’s sewer customers. Three-fourths of the governmental customers must agree to the issuance of debt in order to proceed. The current wastewater treatment facility is projected to exceed flow and capacity by the year 2027. If the phase 2 proposal is accepted, it would allow for the necessary expansion to handle the projected growth with room to spare by December of 2025. Key project dates moving forward are: January-February 2022: Upon bond authorization, the MBC Advisory Board/Board of Trustees will approve bridge loan for design contracts. February 2022-2023: The design phase. February-June 2023: Bids will be taken, reviewed, and awarded. June 2023-December 2025: Construction While this does mean there will likely be a rate increase to customers of an average of 3.8% annually over the next 10 years, these rate increases are based upon a projected annual growth in connections of 2.0% as communicated by customers. An increase in per month per connection charge ranges up to $5 per connection, but what would be the cost of not proceeding with this expansion? The primary driver for the project is capacity, meaning that in the absence of an expansion: New connections (growth to the Pleasant Hill community and businesses) would be limited based on the capacity limitations. Without an expanded plant, capacity limitations would need to be met by rehabilitating and potentially expanding the existing pumping stations that send wastewater to the Little Blue Valley SubDistrict for treatment. This option exists only for the service areas that lie upstream of these pump stations. Estimated costs to customers for those improvements that would be necessary would exceed the cost of the current proposed expansion. Considering the above information, the Council voted to approve the request by MBC.

Save the date and get ready to cast your ballot in 2022! In recent years the council has passed an ordinance each year that effectively calls for and establishes the date of the next general municipal election. This year, Bill No. 22-02 was passed calling for the election on April 5, 2022.

Chief Driscoll and the Pleasant Hill Police Department would like to make the Pleasant Hill Community aware of the potential of vehicle theft during times when vehicle owners start their cars and leave them to warm. Though Pleasant Hill is a small community, we are still subject to auto theft rings that scout the area looking for easy targets. It often takes only seconds, with the vehicle being handed off to another driver within a short time who takes the vehicle out of the region entirely. On those cold mornings, don’t take the risk!

According to the Pleasant Hill Police Department, the roads in Pleasant Hill are slick in spots and outside the city, there are numerous crashes and slide-offs. Please be cautious.

While the City’s municipal court system has been operating under the rules and regulations imposed at the State level, our municipal code doesn’t currently reflect these changes. These ordinance changes were made.
Bill No 22-03 - An Ordinance Amending Chapter 1 General Provisions of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Pleasant Hill, Missouri relating to Municipal Court Fines was passed on January 10, 2022, City Council meeting. Missouri state statutes and Supreme Court Rules have solidified the need to separate legislative and administrative action from the municipal court system, leaving it as an independent judicial branch. The proposed changes in Bill No 22-03 put the City’s code in line with Supreme Court rules through limits on maximum fines the judge can impose; ways in which the judge can consider reductions of fines through alternative sanctions such as declaring a defendant indigent, attending court-mandated programs, or providing community service; and separates the authority the Council has to set court costs but places the fine and bond structure as the responsibility of the municipal judge.
Likewise, bill No 22-04 - An Ordinance Amending Chapter 46, Article II - Sections 43, 44, 45, 76, and 104 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Pleasant Hill passed. The proposed changes in Bill No 22-04 remove references to the municipal court system providing tickets for the police department and modify them to indicate that the City of Pleasant Hill provides tickets to the police department. Responsibility for issuing tickets remains within the police department. The bill also makes a minor revision to an incorrect cross-reference and removes provisions about the police department maintaining the traffic division fines.

Friday Night: 28 degrees, rain...mixing with snow overnight. Low 28F. ENE winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
Saturday: 32 degrees, snow, and gusty winds during the morning will taper off and give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 32F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snowfall around one inch. Higher wind gusts are possible.
 

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