CANTON, Mo. -- Canton officials are nearly ready to begin making major renovations to City Hall.
During its monthly meeting this week, the Canton Board of Aldermen authorized Mayor Jarrod Phillips to make sure a couple of small modifications are made to the final remodeling plans presented this week by architect Monty Stock. Once those adjustments are made, the project will be let out for bids "hopefully within the next couple of weeks," Phillips said.
He said a pre-bid meeting will be scheduled to allow prospective contractors to walk through City Hall before they submit bids, which are expected to cost several hundred thousand dollars.
The goal is to start construction later this year.
"We're glad to have this project finally moving forward," Phillips said.
The renovations are part of an effort to comply with new operating standards for Missouri's municipal courts.
Once the work begins, the project will affect not only the municipal court but the Canton Police Department and the city's administrative offices, which are all in the same building.
Phillips said city officials still need to find one or more alternative locations where the Police Department and city offices can be temporarily housed while the remodeling takes place.
Before the start of the regular meeting, the board certified the results of the April 2 municipal election and seated Phillips and three incumbent aldermen, all of whom were unopposed for re-election to two-year terms.
Phillips received 267 votes while Ward 1 Alderman Robin Bracey received 105, Ward 2 Alderman George Hausdorf received 78 and Ward 3 Alderman Sharon Upchurch received 66.
Also at the meeting, the board approved an ordinance that allows residents to keep and raise chickens in residential areas.
The ordinance allows up to five female chickens per household -- but no roosters. Chickens must be kept in an enclosure or fenced area at all times. During non-daylight hours, all chickens must be secured inside a henhouse or chicken tractor.
Under the ordinance, chickens can only be raised for non-commercial uses. It will be unlawful, for example, to engage in chicken breeding, chicken sales, the sale of eggs or the production of fertilizer for commercial purposes.
Residents must obtain a $15 permit to raise chickens. Phillips said he expected permit applications to be available by the end of this week.
The council also passed an ordinance prohibiting the open storage of inoperable or unlicensed vehicles -- or any other vehicle deemed by the city to be a public safety hazard.
Phillips said that inoperable vehicles won't have to be licensed if they are completely enclosed within a locked building or a locked fenced-in area not visible from adjacent property.