CITY OF STRAFFORD

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Strafford, at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at City Hall, 126 S. Washington, Strafford, MO on the petition for annexation into the City of Strafford AND concurrently the rezoning from R-1 Single Family Residential to HC Highway Commercial for property owned by Strafford Sports Center, LLC. Property is described as:

 

A PARCEL OF LAND BEING A PART OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER (SW¼) OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER (SW¼) OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 30N, RANGE 20W, THE BOUNDARY BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SW¼ OF THE SW¼ OF SECTION 36; THENCE N 01°20'12" E, ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SW¼ OF THE SW¼, 272.12 FEET TO AN IRON PIN ON THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF EVERGREEN ROAD (AS IT NOW EXISTS) FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUING N 01°20'12" E, ALONG SAID WEST LINE OF THE SW¼ OF THE SW¼, 794.88 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE S 87°34'50" E, 380.03 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE S 01°20'12" W, PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID SW¼ OF THE SW¼, 794.88 FEET TO AN IRON PIN ON THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID EVERGREEN ROAD; THENCE N 87°34'50" W, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, 380.03 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SAID TRACT OF LAND CONTAINS 6.93 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, TOGETHER WITH A FIFTY (50) FOOT & VARIABLE WIDTH INGRESS & EGRESS AND UTILITY EASEMENT AS SHOWN ON SURVEY DATED: MARCH 14, 2019, SAID LAND BEING SUBJECT TO THE ABOVE DESCRIBED EASEMENT ACROSS THE EAST 25 FEET THEREOF AND ACROSS A TRIANGULAR SHAPED TRACT IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER THEREOF. SUBJECT TO ANY AND ALL EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, RESERVATIONS AND COVENANTS OF RECORD. ALL IN GREENE COUNTY, MISSOURI.

COMMONLY KNOWN AS 9007 E. EVERGREEN

 At this public hearing all interested persons may appear and will be given the opportunity to be heard either in support or in opposition to the petition.



NOTICE OF PROPOSED VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION

 

The City of Strafford, Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are proposing to voluntarily annex three sections of MHTC's right of way as follows, into the City of Strafford: 

Interstate 44, including all outer roads, from the existing western City Limits of the City of Strafford, Missouri to a point approximately 1.25 miles east of Mulroy Road into the City of Strafford, Missouri. 

Route OO, from the existing western City Limits of the City of Strafford, Missouri (at a point approximately 0.33 miles west of Farm Road 209) and continuing southwesterly approximately 0.23 miles to a point approximately 0.66 miles east of MO 744. 

MO 125, from the existing southern City Limit of the City of Strafford, Missouri, at a point being the intersection of MO 125 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and continuing southerly to a point approximately 0.69 miles south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

The reason for these annexations is to compact the city limits along these routes and provide a contiguous boundary of the City of Strafford that will facilitate future voluntary annexations of private property along the north outer road of Interstate 44 and Route OO. west of Strafford and MO 125 south of Strafford.  Such facilitation of voluntary annexation of private property along these routes will contribute to the economic development of the City of Strafford. 

Comments in support of, in opposition to, or general inquiries regarding these proposed voluntary annexations may be forwarded, by April 25, 2019, to: 

Steven D. Bodenhamer
City Administrator
City of Strafford, Missouri
P.O. Box 66
Strafford, Missouri 65757
Telephone:  417-736-2154
Fax:  417-736-2390
Email:  ca@straffordmo.net





February 15, 2019   RE: Electric Utilities

There has been conversation on social media concerning electric utility rates in the City of Strafford.

The City is served by four electric utilities: Liberty-Empire, Southwest Electric Cooperative, City Utilities of Springfield, and Webster Electric Cooperative. Liberty-Empire is an investor owned utility and their rate structure is approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission. Southwest and Webster are cooperatives, governed by a Board of Directors consisting of members of the coop. Cooperative rate structures are determined by their Board under guidance of what was the Rural Electrification Administration. City Utilities is a public utility owned by the City of Springfield with their rate structure determined by the Board of Public Utilities and approved by Springfield City Council.

Since Liberty-Empire is an investor owned utility, they do not receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for ice storms and tornados, which Liberty-Empire experienced in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Public utilities and cooperatives received such FEMA assistance. These unreimbursed costs are incorporated into Liberty-Empire's rate structure.

The Empire District Electric Company (now Liberty-Empire) brought electrical service to the then unincorporated village of Strafford in the 1930's. Springfield Gas and Electric (now CU) brought electrical service to what is now the extreme western part of Strafford in the late 1920's. The electrical cooperatives "filled the gaps" of the rural areas in the 1940's. The service areas of CU and Liberty-Empire were established years ago by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

As the City of Strafford grew, in some areas, developers had a choice between Liberty-Empire and Southwest for electric service. Under the rules of the Public Service Commission, when the City reached 2000 in population, in the 2010 census, the cooperatives lost the ability to connect new customers in the city.

The City of Strafford has franchise agreements with Liberty-Empire, Southwest and CU. The agreement allows the respective utilities to use City right-of-way. The agreement allows the respective utilities to use City right-of-way for their distribution system. As compensation of the use of right-of-way, the utility pays a 6% franchise fee to the city. This allows the utility to expand their system without obtaining easements from private land owners. This franchise system is provided for in State Statute and is utilized by many cities in the state. The Village of Strafford first entered into a franchise agreement in 1961 and was last renewed in 2018.

Comments on social media voiced complaints on rates of Liberty-Empire. The City of Strafford has no control over rates adopted by Liberty-Empire. Complaints or concerns should be directed to the Public Service Commission of Missouri at: 
https://psc.mo.gov/General/Submit_Comments  
There were also comments about the City of Monett negotiating with the utility. That negotiation was between the City and Liberty for wholesale costs charged to the City of Monett as they operate their own electric utility by purchasing power from Liberty-Empire and reselling it to their citizens through city billing.