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(Memphis) The loss of the Sons of Confederate Veterans International convention will cost the City of Memphis $900,000.

The group was considering Memphis for its 800 delegates and their family members but instead will go to Richardson, TX.

Part of the reason for not coming to Memphis is the recent renaming of three Confederate themed parks, They cited the specific reason for this vote as “the misguided actions of the Memphis City Council to attempt to erase Civil War history in the renaming of the three historic parks.” A group member went on to say, “they would not support or visit a city that did not appreciate its history.”

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Public Hearing / Board of Aldermen Meeting Monday Dec. 14, 2009

December 13, 2009

There will be a Public Hearing at the Marble Hill City Hall on Monday December 14, 2009 at 5:45 at the Marble Hill City Hall located at 302 Union Street. 

The Board of Aldermen will be seeking public input on a petition to vacate an alley at the intersection of North St. and Pine St. 

The Board will also be seeking public input on a proposed Travel Trailer park at the corner of Prospect and Highland streets.

The Marble Hill Board of Alderman will hold its December meeting at the Marble Hill City Hall on Monday December 14, 2009 at 6:00pm

On the agenda is: 

  • A request by Marble Hill resident Donald Joe Long for a variance to erect a building to cover his camping trailer at 205 South Street.
  • Ordinance 09-22 which is a proposal to vacate a portion of Pine Street.
  • A request for a permit by Kenneth Brown to build a Travel Trailer park at the corner of Highland and Prospect streets.
  • A request by Richard and Janet Shope to address the Board of Aldermen.
  • In addition I plan on proposing making Englehart Ln one way in the direction of Opossum Creek Road from Central to Milford St.  Traffic traveling from on Englehart Ln. in the direction from Opossum Creek Road to Central, will be diverted to Milford and then Union St. to help prevent the risk of head – on collisions in the vicinity of Lincoln’s Hill. 

If you have questions, comments , requests or complaints that you would like me to address during tomorrow night’s meeting feel free to contact me at: 573-450-0276 by phone or by emailing me at:  or you can leave a comment on my website, which can be found by typing the following address in your browser bar:

Thank You,

Ward I Alderman

Clint E. Lacy

Notes From Monday Nov. 9th, 2009 Meeting

November 10, 2009

On Monday November 9, 2009 the Marble Hill Board of Aldermen met at 6:00 pm at City Hall to hold their monthly meeting.

It was a relatively eventless meeting although as the expenditures will reflect that this month the City did spend $18, 573 on a Kioti DS 4110 tractor. The tractor has 4-wheel drive capability a front end loader and a brush hog. A picture of this model tractors is featured below:

This tractor was purchased at Perryville Outdoor Equipment in Perryville , Missouri.

The Board approved the expenditures, along with the previous month’s meeting notes and a water adjustment request from a city resident.

In addition the Board approved Ordinance 09-21 which is a request for the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to reimburse the City of Marble Hill for the purchase of a Stalker Radar Unit for our Police force. 

In new business, Alderman Sears addressed the condition of Water St. noting that it was it was in very poor condition.

I addressed the issue of Lincoln’s hill on Englehart St. The original plan was for the City to widen the hill, but this was going to require the removal of some trees from a property owner as well as the added expense of excavating and dirt work.

I proposed an alternative plan that I feel will make Englehart Ln. safer as well as eliminate the need to alter local property.

Below is an illustration that I have come up with:


Proposed traffic route change on Englehart Ln.

As illustrated in the above picture, traffic from Central Ave. to Milford St. would become one way,  while traffic on Englehart, from opossum Creek would be diverted to Milford St. (which will be paved) to Union St.  Thus eliminating the risk of collisions on Lincoln’s hill.

Both the Mayor and the Board thought that this was a good idea, with the Mayor recommending that I clear this with the Chief of Police.

I talked to Chief Willis today and he thought this was a good idea as well.

While no plan is perfect I feel that this plan would be cost-effective for the city while at the same time protecting the citizens’ safety and property rights.

At approximately 7:00 pm a motion was made and seconded to go into executive session to discuss both legal and personnel matters.

The Board returned to regular session at 8:00 where a motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

As always if you have any questions feel free to call me at: 573-450-0276. You can also leave a comment on this post or email me at:  You can also call City Hall and leave me a message at: 573-238-3622

Alderman Clint E. Lacy

Ward I, Marble Hill, Missouri.






Notes from October 12, 2009 Board of Aldermen Meeting

October 29, 2009

First of all, apologies for posting this information nearly two weeks late, to say it’s been hectic around here would be an understatement.

The meeting began at 6:00 pm at which time the Mayor called the meeting to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call. Aldermen Lacy, McCain and Southwick were present with Alderman Sear noted as absent.

Next the Board approved the minutes from the previous month’s meeting, followed by approving the City expeditures.

During this period we were directed to an unclaimed property list that was included in our packet. Below are the names of the Citizens, their last known address and the amount owed to them:

Susan Ballard, 509 1’st St. Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $2.11

Don Barks Jr.   112 Ellen St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed-$1.26

Charles Brannon 710 High St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed-$19.73

Ben Burford 505 North St. , Marble Hill, Mo. owed-$42.27

Mathew Burke 602 High St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $37.49

Gary Clark 103 Highland St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $45.60

Misty Crader 506 Third St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed – $4.51

Danielle Davidson 104 Hopkins St., Marble Hill, Mo owed- $37.49

Linda Debeaux 103 Highland St. #3, Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $22.49

Dena Estes 103 Church St. , Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $37.86

Martha Evens 208 Plutarch St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $7.89

Jaala Floyd 504 Union St. Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $75.00

Robert Grant 106 Hwy 51 S., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $27.96

James Hafele 705 Union St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed-$1.97

Jason Hennessy 102 Opossum Creek Road, Marble Hill , Mo. owed-16 cents

David Hughes 205 Lutes St. , Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $ 45.60

Siara Hulvey 102 Wesbecher Lane, Marble Hill, Mo. owed $63.75

Jerry L. James  102 Broad St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $2.49

Valerie Leadbetter 303 N First St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $5.88

Milford Long 608 HIgh St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed-  47 cents

Rachael Mace 704 Union St., Marble Hill, Mo.  owed- $3.69

Angela Massa 110 Glen St. Marble Hill, Mo.  owed- $21.08

Gladys Massa 103 Higland St. #5, Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $12.20

Angela Mayberry no address available ,  owed- $75.00

Meghan Medley 504 Crown St. , Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $ 53.45

Gerry Roberson 404 North St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed – $ 75.00

Victor Self Sr. 304 Opossum Creek Rd. , Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $37.49

Amanda Sotelo 206 Graham St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $ 13.61

Joseph Stause   103 Highland St. #5, Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $ 8.61

Cindy Stevens 206 South St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $ 75.00

Rochelle Summers 600 East Main St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $ 2.39

Melissa Thele 211 N. First St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $ 33.75

Doyle Webb  106 Sample St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed – $ 41.03

Kimberly Woodruff 108 Glen St., Marble Hill, Mo. owed- $22.22


If your name is included in the list above and you think that you are owed money by the State of Missouri or the City of Marble Hill you can call City Hall at: 573-238-3622


Write to:



P.O. BOX 1272


In other news the Board unanimously agreed to grant a water rate adjustment to a town citizen. The meter was showing that an enormous amount of water had been used for the prior month, but an investigation by the City Clerk revealed that she consitently uses her water conservatively and no explanation for the leak could be found. Assistant City Administrator Gary Shrum stated that water meters are mechanical and it was possible that it simply malfunctioned.

Shirley Ryan of the Bollinger County Veterans Memorial Wall organization made a presentation to the Board, with three different plans and the size of the wall, asking the Board if they could place the memorial in Railroad Park.

A motion was granted to give tentative approval to the organization provided the group reports to the Board on a quarterly basis and the measure was passed unanimously.

Assistant Administrator Gary Shrum gave his report which included the following items:

  • Two major water leaks were repaired and one water main replaced.
  • MoDoT has made a request to be hooked up for sewer service.
  • A basketball goal ws ordered and will be placed at the pavilion at the ball park. (The optimist club donated $400 towards the purchase).
  • The merry go round has been ordered by the County Health Dept, and when delivered will be installed in Twin City Park.
  • Work has begun on the repairs to the ball park infield.
  • Received complaints about strong chlorine taste in Ward I water this was due to the temporarily increase chlorine levels in lines because of recent repairs.
  • Trying to locate a good used tractor to replace old one.
  • Ordered a load of salt in preparation for this winter
  • Received information on a grant to cover engineering fees on a water analysis and inspection.
  • St. Louis Broadband is in the running for Stimulus funds and cellular services for remote areas in Southeast Missouri and have been endorsed by many area counties and cities for future services, if they are successful in gaining the funds.   If successful they will offer free tower usage for emergency, city and police services. They are currently looking at a total of six towers in Bollinger County.
  • Poll has been winterized.


I contacted Perryville Outdoor Equipment and found the City a NEW 40 HP Kioti tractor with front wheel assist and a front end loader for just over $18,000.  Assistant Administrator Shrum went to Perryville to look at the tractor and the last time I talked to the mayor the City was going to purchase it. Below is what the tractor  looks  like.

 I did some checking and Kioti tractors are rated very high by people who have purchased them and considered to be high -quality, dependable, affordable and versatile.

The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 9th , 2009 @ 6:00 pm, at the Marble Hill City Hall.

Clint E. Lacy

Ward I Alderman

Marble Hill.





Special Meeting Thursday Sept. 17th 5:30

September 16, 2009

There will be a special meeting on Thursday Sept. 17, 2009 at the Marble Hill City Hall. The topic will be setting tax rates.

On Monday Sept. 14  there was one Alderman absent and I voted no on the raising of tax rates. Therefore the measure did not pass.

However the City, by law, must set the rates before November.  The City and I differ on the subject of raising tax rates.

I called the State Auditor’s office on Monday Sept. 14  and was told that the City DOES NOT  have to set the rates at what the state suggested, but the City can not set the tax rate highter than what the State Auditor’s office has suggested for this year.

It is my feeling that given the fact that we nearly lost Crown Chevrolet this year,  we should avoid similar situations, by keeping taxes where they are at for the time being, and not raise them.

Citizens and Business owners who do not want their property taxes to go up again should be at City Hall at 5:30 pm on Thursday Sept. 14, 2009 to voice your opinions on this matter.

Notes from Public Hearing / September Board Meeting

September 16, 2009

A public hearing was held at the Marble Hill City Hall on Sept. 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm to gain public input on setting the tax rate for the City of Marble Hill.  Currently the tax rate for the General Revenue fund is $ .4918 and the tax rate for Parks and Recreation is at  $ .1229. 

Bill No. 09-18 would raise the tax rate for the General Revenue fund to $ .4978 and the Parks and Recreation tax rate to $.1244 

There was no input from the public. 

The Public Hearing for setting the City tax rate started at 5:34 pm and ended at 5:38 pm. 

Next a public hearing was held for rezoning property owned by Kenneth Liley from RI to CI. There was no input from the public. 

The Public Hearing for rezoning started at 5:34 pm and ended at 5:38 pm. 

At 6:00 pm the Board of Aldermen met in regular session. 

First on the agenda was the approval of the minutes from the August meeting at which time I found an error in the record of how I voted concerning a lawsuit against AT&T for back taxes owed to the City. The minutes showed that I voted against the measure and I stated that I had voted for the measure.  City Clerk Carla Watt said she would correct the mistake and the minutes were approved. 

The Board then approved the City’s expenditures list, which Assistant Administrator Shrum noted was missing the bill to Jokerst and Smith and Company for payment completed on the Hurricane Creek Project.  The Board approved these expenditures later in the meeting. 

City Clerk Carla Watt brought good news to the Board, while going through the City records she found a check from Bollinger County Insurance for $2,500.00 written for a return on premium for vehicles that had been sold by the City. 

The other was a check from Bollinger County Insurance for $500.00 for fire equipment. 

One of the checks was written in 2007, and Mr. Houchins was kind enough to rewrite the checks for the City. 

In other news the Board approved a combined city revenue and expenditures report and to buy newspaper space to place the report in the Banner Press. 

Ordinance 09-18  which would have set the City tax rate for the General Revenue Fund at:  $.4918 and the City’s Parks and Recreation tax rate at: $ .1229

The measure failed with Aldermen McCain and Sear voting for the measure and myself voting against it and Alderman Southwick being absent. The Mayor stated that the measure would be reintroduced at a later date. I voted against the measure because  earlier in the day I called State Auditor Susan Montee’s office and talked with Becky Webb, who told me that we did not have to set the tax rate at the percentage listed on the letter, we just couldn’t set it highter than the suggested tax rate. I felt that after nearly losing Crown Chevrolet earlier this summer, I wanted to give the citizens and businesses every advantage possible in this economic downturn. 

Ordinance 09-19, which would rezone property owned by Kenneth Liley passed unanimously. 

During Assistant Administrator Shrum’s report, Mr. Shrum stated that he will soon be meeting with Melissa from the Health Department who reports that they have been awarded $5000.00 to be used in the Parks. Mr. Shrum stated that the Health Department would like to purchase a 10’ Merry Go Round for Twin City Park, which costs $6113.00. The Health Department wanted to know if the City would pay the $1,291.96 difference. A vote was taken and the money was unanimously approved for the new play ground equipment. 

Assistant Administrator Shrum also brought news that the City’s old fire truck was sold to the Puxico Fire Department for $40,000.00 

Mr. Shrum also stated that Leo Vandermeiren, owner of the old “Burn Biscuit” restaurant building stated that the sidewalk stair next to the structure is funneling water into the building and that Mr. Vandermeiren wanted to fix the problem, which he estimates will cost $631.00 in materials. Shrum stated that if the City would agree to purchase the materials, Mr. Vandermeiren would provide the labor.  The issue was voted upon and passed unanimously.

 Also included in Mr. Shrum’s report was the fact that the City needed a new maintenance tractor. The current tractor was manufactured in the 1950’s and the engine is on its “last leg”.   Mr. Shrum stated that he has searched extensively for a replacement tractor and the best buy he has found is a Foton 50 hp  tractor  for $14,000, which includes a front loader, back blade and brush hog. 

Last but not least Assistant Administrator Shrum stated that Mr. Sayer , owner of Eagle Metal Products located on Hwy 34 W complained of a water leak. Mr. Sayer feels that the City water meter was installed improperly which caused the leak on his line. 

Pictures of the meter show that the meter is very old, and the Board felt that the meter was not the problem. City policy is that any water leak from the meter to the city water line is the responsibility of the City.  Any water line on the property owners land is the responsibility of the owner.  At the end of the discussion the Board opted for what we feel is the fair solution to the problem.  If Mr. Sayer agrees to buy the parts to fix the leaking line, the City will provide the labor. 

Assistant Administrator Shrum concluded his report by stating Smith and Company should have the final proposed plan for the dedicated water line which will run from the water tank to the elevated water tower in Ward I ( old Lutesville) which should solve the low water pressure in that area. 

The Board went into executive session at 07:15 pm to discuss personnel matters. At 07;53 pm the Board reconvened in regular session at which time a motion was made and seconded to promote Officer Scott Shaffer to the position of Assistant Chief of Police. The Board then took a vote and passed the measure unanimously. Officer Shaffer’s hours and pay will remain the same.

A motion was then made and seconded to increase Officer Detmer’s pay by 25 cents per hour. (This should have been done when the rate of pay for the officers was set earlier this year) The measure passed unanimously. 

In new business Alderman Sear stated that he had been in contact with a citizen who had purchased a $50.00 coupon book last year to be used at the City Pool but due to the late opening and early closing due to lack of patrons she was only able to use $8.00 worth of coupons.

 A motion was made and seconded to reimburse the citizen the amount of $42.00 and the motion passed unanimously. 

Next I made my report of new business. Assistant Administrator Shrum had received some complaints from some businesses on 1’st St. (Hwy 51) in Ward I and I stated that I had talked to one officer about the need for more patrols in this area and would talk to the others as well.

 I also asked when a small section of Central Ave could be paved to help divert storm run off water to the new storm water drain on that street. I was told it could be done when Pellegrino Park is repaved. 

I also presented the Board with a model pamphlet for the Adopt a Block proposal. City Attorney Stephen Gray stated earlier in the meeting that he sees no legal restrictions that would prevent the City from implementing the program. 

The Board members expressed approval for the proposal and I will soon be contacting churches and organizations to set a “kick off” date. 

Last I addressed the need to widen two hills on Englehart Ln due to the fact they present a safety hazard. Some discussion followed and the possibility of making Englehart Ln. a one-way street was brought up but was dismissed.  In the end the Board agreed to explore widening the street on the two hills and that I would talk to local property owners about this idea. 

Alderman McCain proposed issuing City stickers for vehicle owners within City limits to ensure that personal property taxes are paid. 

A motion was made to again go into Executive Session. The motion was seconded and all were in favor of doing so. The Board went into Executive Session at 08:38 pm to discuss legal matters and returned to regular session at 08:47pm. 

The regular session meeting ended at 08:48 pm.

September Board of Aldermen Agenda

September 11, 2009

The City of Marble Hill Board of Aldermen will hold a Public Hearing at the Marble Hill City Hall on Monday September 14, 2009 starting at 5:30 pm.

The subjects of the Public Hearing will be setting the property tax rate and the rezoning of some residential property to commercial property.

The Public Hearing will be followed by the September Board of Aldermen meeting which will be held at 6:00 p.m.

To view the September meeting agenda, the proposed property tax rates or the details of the proposed rezoning, just click on the pictures above.

You will notice a letter from Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee regarding setting property tax rates. It is about as clear as mud.  I will call State Auditor Montee’s ofice on Monday to find out whether the proposed proterty tax rate is a mandatory requirement by the state or if it is an issue that is decided by the City.

-Alderman Clint E. Lacy

Ward I, City of Marble Hill.

Notes from August 10,2009 Board of Aldermen Meeting

August 23, 2009

First of all, apologies to the citizens for not getting the Agenda for the meeting posted prior to the meeting, I am usually on top of things of that nature but I forgot to pick my packet up the previous Friday and ran out of time Monday to post it. Things have been extremely busy around my house since the meeting, which is probably obvious from this delayed report.

The meeting started at 6:00 pm with all members of the Board present and accounted for. First on the agenda was the approval of the previous month’s meeting notes then came the approval of the City’s expenditures both of which passed unanimously.

The next item on the agenda was voting on several ordinances.

Ordinance  09-13  deals with the setting the rates for the installation of  new water meters, tapping into water lines, sewer line inspection, the use of City employees and the use of the City backhoe.  The way I understand this ordinance is that it deals with new construction…i.e. new homes sites and new business sites.

The Board voted unanimously to set the rates as follows:

A. Water Department:

1. Setting Water Meter-$175.00

2. Water tap and setting water meter-$300.00

3. Water tap and setting meter ( 1 inch line or larger) $500.00 plus

Reimbursement of all costs incurred in purchasing meter;

4. Service turn on -$15.00

5. Service turn off- $15.00

B. Sewer Department:

1. Inspection permit-$50.00

C. Labor:

1. Any employee labor-$18.00 per hour

D. Equipment:

1. All city equipment excluding backhoe-$25.00 per hour or any part thereof;and

2. Backhoe-$75.00 per hour or any part thereof.


Ordinance 09-14 needs some explaining as well , during last month’s meeting the Board of Alderman voted to set the water and sewer rates. Ordinance 09-14 made it official.  The vote was not unanimous with myself casting the only “NO” vote. Needless to say citizens water and sewer rates will increase and will be as follows:

Water: $15.00 per month up to 2500 gallons

Out of City customers will pay $30.00 per month for up to 2500 gallons.

.35 cents will be charged for every 100 gallons used over the 2,500 gallon minimum. (Out of city customers will pay .70 cents per every 100 gallons used over 2500 gallon minimum).

The minimum charge for sewer services will be $16.00 per month for up to 2500 gallons used. ($32.00 per month for custumers outside of the City limits).

An additional .37 cents will be charged for every 100 gallons used over 2500 gallons. (.74 cents for every 100 gallons used over the 2,500 gallons for those customers outside of the City limits).

Ordinance 09-15  is an ordinance approving a settlement agreement between  AT&T and the City of Marble Hill. “settlement agreement” is a nice way of saying class action lawsuit. The abridged version of this ordinance is that AT&T owes the City of Marble Hill a back tax payment of $10,202.60.  The ordinance passed unanimously.

There were two more ordinances to be voted on.

Ordinance 09-16  would put Chief of Police Dennis Willis back on salary as opposed to hourly rate of pay

Ordinance 09-17  would create the position of Assistant Chief of Police  so that an officer would be ready to fulfill the duties of the Chief if needed.

Before either Ordinance 09-16 or 09-17 could be read I respectfully asked the Mayor if I could make a point of order, which he readily granted.

I then stated that I noticed that Ordinance 09-16 and 09-17 were not on the agenda and questioned the legality of pursuing these ordinances for fear we would be violating the Sunshine law.

There was a brief spirited discussion or argument if you will between the Mayor and I and I asked City Attorney Scott Gray if he could offer his advice. He stated that he could go back to his office to look for information on the subject.

The Mayor then stated that ordinances 09-16 and 09-17 would be tabled, even though he knew that he clearly had the right to “set the agenda”. As an added note, this incident did not make it to the pages of the Banner Press.

Paula Bridges from the Bollinger County recycling  project then made a presentation to the Board and gave each member an informational flyer (which I will post later on this blog).

Bob Houchings from the Optimist club presented to the Board that the Coca Cola machine at the Baseball field seldom works and asked for permission to call Coca Cola and ask them to take it back. In it’s place he asked permission for the Optimist club to build a shed to store the DR Grader in. Mr. Houchings also stated that a refreshment stand would be available for most games in place of the Coca Cola machine.

The Board unanimously agreed to grant the Optimist club’s request.

Before the Board could go into Executive session City Attorney Stephen Gray returned and stated it was his opinion that the Board could procede with voting on Ordinances 09-16 and 09-17.

Assistant Administrator Shrum presented the Board with his report which included that Bob and Pam Alford are seeking reimbursment in the amount of $1,400 from Rocky’s Blacktop Service dated 07/17/09 for having their driveway repaired. This occurred at the loacations where the new water and swer lines crossed going to the Collier subdivision. Mr. Shrum recommended that the City reimburse the Bollingers.

Work will soon begin on the Hurricane Creek project  which is expected to end on September 09.

Recent work completed at Pelligrino Park includes preparations for the new overlay project there. This included cleaning ditches and clearing brush. Also the lights at the tennis court have been repaired. One of the lights is still not working and Black River electric will have to repair this particular problem.

Winners of the sealed bids for surplus equipment were as follows:

Back Hoe- Jamie Ray $8,600

Generator-Ronald Pokracki $200.00

Tires-Gary Warren $60.00

The Board unanimously approved these bids.

There were two bids for the Pelligrino Park  overlay project, the winner was Jokerst Inc. $44,470.00

One thing that was unexpected during this portion of the meeting was the fact that Mayor Masterson said that due to the unexpected high cost of the overlay of Pelligrino Park and the fact that he considered the paving project last year a “major overlay’ project, he does not want a major overlay project this year. The mayor also cited that costs of the new water line from the new water tank to the old Marble Hill side of town and the refurbishment of the old water tower.

I agree that Peligrino should be repaved as it was in horrible shape and that refurbishing of the old water tower will hopefully restore water pressure to residents in the old Lutesville side of town (Ward I). The new water line should ensure that in case of an emergency in Ward II, there will be a plentiful supply of water.

However; that being said, it is my opinion that the City should at least overlay a couple of the worst streets in town. I believe that the reason Pelligrino Park is in the shape it is in and that many of the streets are in disrepair is because of neglect.  I believe it would be a bad idea to not build upon the work we did last year.

During his report, Assitant Administrator Shrum stated that he felt “apalled” about a recent letter that appeared in the Banner Press newspaper from the leadership of the Bollinger County Soccer League and further stated that one individual from the League “cursed” at him in his office.

I later talked to the individual and they stated that they were encouraged by the Banner Press to submit a letter about the situation and that Mr. Shrum had cursed at them.

I wasn’t there for either event, but I feel we need to support the Bollinger County Youth Soccer League. I feel it is good for the kids that are members of it, and instills character, comradery , values and excercise to these youth. 

Unfortunately I had to leave at this point due to obligations at work. In short I was using vacation time to attend the meeting, and that time was fast expiring.

I asked for and received permission to leave the meeting early.

I later learned that Ordinances 09-16 and 09-17 had been reintroduced but the remaining three alderman did not agree on approving them, which means they will have to be discussed at the September meeting.

In closing I would like to say  that this past Monday we learned that Marble Hill will still be home to Crown Chevrolet, as GM and Crown once again signed the necessary paperwork to continue their partnership. GM noted that the amount of community support was a big factor in their decision making process.

I will post more information about this in the very near future.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I, City of Marble Hill

For Immediate Release:

July 15, 2009

Cherry-picking facts compromises paper’s objectivity” 

I would like to take the time to address the recent Banner Press article, “Marble Hill raises water, sewer rates”, published Wednesday July 15, 2009. 

In it Banner Press editor Linda Redeffer states: 

“The rates have not been doubled as Lacy predicted earlier”.  For starters, I would like to say I was wrong about the sewer rates having already been doubled. I was basing the figure off of the information given to me during the last regular Board of Aldermen meeting.  The information that I received can be read on my Alderman Lacy Blog found at the following web address:  

(Just click on the picture to enlarge the photo once it has finished loading). 

The second issue I would like to address is that the Banner Press quoted Mayor Masterson as saying that the city has applied for grant money before. Yet the Banner Press conveniently forgets to mention that when I pressed the Mayor and Assistant Administrator Shrum as to when the last time the City applied for grants for our water and sewer systems, Mr. Shrum said he believed it was three years ago. 

Assistant Administrator Shrum states that residents will only see a $4.83 increase per month in their minimum water and sewer bill. 

 I’m guessing a typical family of four uses about 3000 gallons per month.  Before the rates were raised last year a typical family of four, was paying approximately $31.07 for water, sewer and trash.

After last year’s rate increase a typical family of four was paying approximately $39.47 for trash service + 3000 gallons of water and sewer system use. 

According to my estimates a typical family of four can now look forward to paying $47.20 for water, sewer and trash service. 

Keep in mind that the City of Marble Hill paid for Smith and Company of Cape Girardeau last year to do a study of the City’s water and sewer systems. Smith and Company recommended that the City charge $16.75 for water (up to 2500 gallons) and $18.50 for sewer (up to 2500 gallons) 

I predict that next year the City will propose increasing your water rates by $1.75(per 2500 gallons) and increase the sewer rates by $2.50 cents (per 2500 gallons). Guess what happens if my prediction comes to pass?  The City will be charging exactly what Smith and Company recommended last year, which means that for a family of four, water and sewer rates will close to have doubled. 

I find it a little ironic that the City finds no problem paying for a study to raise your rates, but refuses to pay for a study to estimate the cost of replacing some of the City’s worst water and sewer lines. 

How do you cook a frog?  You turn the heat up a little at a time so the frog doesn’t notice; at least that’s how the old saying goes.  

I may not have been able to postpone these increased rates at this difficult time, for that I apologize.  However; it is my job to try and keep you informed about what is transpiring in your city government so you will notice what is transpiring there. 

By leaving out important information from last night’s meeting, Banner Press editor Linda Redeffer has compromised the paper’s objectivity and {inadvertently?} misinformed Marble Hill’s citizens.

Alderman Clint E. Lacy

Ward I, Marble Hill, Missouri