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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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

OR

Write to:

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY ADMINISTRATOR

OFFICE OF MISSOURI STATE TREASURER

P.O. BOX 1272

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI, 65102-1272

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.

Note:

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 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:  

https://aldermanlacy.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/trash_water_sewer.jpg  

(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

Notes from Monday July 13, 2009 Board Meeting

July 15, 2009

The Marble Hill Missourti Board of Aldermen met on Monday July 13, 2009 at the Marble Hill City Hall.  The meeting started at 6:00 pm with several area residents attending.

The Board approved the previous months meeting minutes, as well as authorized the payment of bills.

The big topic was water and sewer rate increases and Mayor Masterson began by asking who in the room was opposed to water and sewer rate increases, at which time nearly everyone in the room raised their hands. The mayor then asked, “Who in the room turned their faucet on today and had water come out of it?  Who in the room flushed their toilet today and saw water go down it?”

The mayor made several references to the city’s “dilapitated” water and sewer system (an apparent reference to my Guest Article which appeared in last week’s Banner Press newspaper) and asked, “When you have a leak in one of your pipes at home do you replace all of the plumbing or do you fix the leak?  You fix the leak which is what the City is out their doing.”

I interupted the mayor and asked,”If the sewer rates doubled last year why did we need to increase them again this year?” at which time he informed me that I did not have the floor. (I later found out that the information provided in the previous month’s meeting was incorrect).

The mayor stated : “The State of Missouri is sick of hearing from us, we have tried to get grants” and stressed the importance of increasing the water and sewer rates emphasizing that no one wanted to do it, but it had to be done and noting that the last time they were increased (previous to last year) was almost 20 years ago when he was an alderman on the City Council.

I was soon given the floor and stated that given the condition of the economy I did not think that we needed to raise the water and sewer rates. In addition I stated that times were hard for a lot of residents. 

There was some debate between Assistant Administrator Shrum and I, which ended when I stated, “I’ve said my peace, I think now is the wrong time to be raising water and sewer rates”

One resident stated that she wouldn’t mind if the rates went up if she knew the water was going to be safe but added she is on a limited income.

When the vote was taken there was a tie with Aldermen McCain and Sear voting for the increased rates and Alderman Southwhick and I voting against it. The mayor cast the deciding vote, breaking the tie and passing the measure.

The new water and sewer rates for the City of Marble Hill are:

Water: $15.00 per 2500 gallons (.35 cents for each additional hundred gallons)

Sewer: $16.00 per 2500 gallons (.37 cents for each additional hundred gallons)

Residents will see a new Basic Minimum Bill before taxes of: $43.60 which will include trash.

This being completed the mayor asked for a motion to go into executive session, but before one could be made Stephanie Watkins of the Bollinger County Soccer League indicated that she should be on the agenda. City Clerk Carla Watt stated that she did not see her listed, but Watkins stated that during the last regular Board meeting Watt stated that she would add her name to the agenda.

There has been a dispute between the organizers of the Fall Festival and the Soccer League and during last month’s meeting Mrs. Watkins was told that she and the Chamber of Commerce should work the problem out and that the City was not going to get involved.

During Monday’s meeting Ms. Watkins stated that she thought that the Soccer League and the Chamber had came to an agreement and presented this agreement to the Park Board, who in return asked her to bring the agreement to the next Board of Aldermen meeting.  As discussion began a clearly frustrated Mayor Masterson stated that we were not going to discuss the matter because we had already stated that we were not going to get involved in the dispute.

(Maybe it’s just me, but it seems if she went back and worked out the problems with the Chamber of Commerce, and the soccer field is on City property, aren’t we as a governing body already involved?)

The Board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. When it returned to regular session a motion was made , seconded and  agreed to unanimously to set the pay rate for our police officers as follows:

Patrolman: $11.50

Corporal:   $ 12.50

Sergeant:   $13.50

A motion was also made and seconded to give the City Maintenance personnel a 3% raise and was unanimously agreed to.

A motion was made and seconded to give Assistant Administrator Gary Shrum a salary increase of $2000.00 per year. (It was also understood that Assistant Administrator Shrum would not longer be using his personal vehicle and would not be receiving mileage compensation. Mr. Shrum will be using the City’s old police car as a City vehicle).  The measure passed with Aldermen McCain, Sear and Southwick voting in favor and myself opposed.

It is at this point that I would like to note that my decision was not personal.  The simple fact is that Mr. Shrum was making $37,000 per year, which is more than most people within the City (or county for that matter) make.  I could not justify increasing his salary to $39,000 per year, after the Board had just raised the citizens rates on water and sewage.

In other business I was informed that the City’s baseball field will be repaired and that it is being made possible through FEMA since it was damaged by flooding. Although the soccer field received some damage, FEMA did not feel it was enough to warrant reimbursement.

I did ask the mayor if volunteers could be recruited , would it be ok to utilize them to repair the soccer field and I was informed that yes, volunteers could be utilized to repair the field.

In new business Alderman Sear read the notes from the recent Park Board meeting.  I informed the Board that Public Works director Chuck Kernan recently paid me a visit about a curb that has fallen into disrepair by the City’s library on Plutarch St.  The mayor stated that the City would fix the curb.

Alderman McCain, reported streets that had missing stop signs that needed to be replaced.

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 with all voting in favor.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns you can post them in the comments section of this article, or email them to:

clintlacy2@yahoo.com   leave a message for me at City Hall: 573-238-3622 or call me on my phone at: 573-450-0276

Thank You,

Clint E. Lacy

Ward I Alderman, Marble Hill.

Notes from June 12, 2009 Board Meeting

June 14, 2009

First of all, I would like to apologize to any citizens and / or interested parties who might be reading this for its late posting.  I was out of town this week and tried to post this last Saturday night. That is when my computer monitor bit the dust.  As you can see, I am up and running now.

 I have scanned three of the ordinances that the Board of Aldermen passed last Friday.  To view them in their actual size, just click on the pictures above. 

The first ordinance is for the increase in trash pick up fees.  I did not want to vote for this, but I was informed that the trash service was put up for bid this year and the only company to bid on it was our current provider CWI the only choice I had was to either vote for the increase or to let the contract expire and have our City without trash service.  Unfortunately this means that current residential rates will increase from $10.60 per month to $12.60 cents per month. 

Commercial service will increase to $23.00 per month. Commercial dumpster prices will increase 10% across the board. 

I was able to postpone the Water/Sewer rate increase however if you click on the picture you will see that the City of Marble Hill wants to raise  the current water rates from $12.60 per month to $15.00 per month for 0-2500 gallons used and will increase from .25 cents to .37 cents for every additional 100 gallons used. 

On August 16,2008 I posted here on the Alderman Lacy Blog that the City of Marble Hill was planning on doubling the water rates stating:

 “Whereareas the Board of Aldermen of the City of Marble Hill, Missouri, have received a rate study for water and wastewater to determine what needs to be charged to the City of Marble Hill’s customers in order for the respective departments to maintain a steady balance in the accounts. Over the years the water and wastewater ledgers  have been decreasing and the City of Marble Hill needs to make certain that these accounts have the proper funding in place to operate, maintain and make improvements to the systems” 

According to the study conducted by Smith and Company Engineers of Cape Girardeau Missouri , which recommends that the base water fee of 2500 gallons be raised from $9.18 to $16.75. 

Smith and Company also recommends that the base waste water fee of 2500 gallons be raised from $9.09 to $18.50.”

 If the City gets their $15.00 per 2500 gallons rate that they are seeking they will be just $1.75 short of their goal set last year. What do you think this means for you , the residents next year at this time?  I predict it will go up another $1.75 per 2500 gallons. 

Incidentally, if you clicked on the picture of the proposed water/sewer rate  increase you will see that the City of Marble Hill, did , infact, double your sewer rates last year and what is the result? 

They now have their $18.50 monthly sewer fee and they now want to increase it to $19.75 cents. 

Where does this stop? When do we the Citizens stop paying increased water and sewer rates? 

The Wednesday June 17, 2009 edition of the Banner Press newspaper covered the Water / Sewage fee increase debate on page 2 “Water, sewer and trash rates to go up” quoted me as saying: 

“You know I will be against a water increase” 

The Banner Press continued by covering the debate as follows:

“Lacy said as he has said before, that he wants the city to explore the possibility of applying for grants to pay for water and sewer repairs and maintenance. McCain reminded him that before grants are considered, the city would have to prove that it is  billing its customers adequately. Lacy countered that last year the city raised rates but did not apply for any grant money”

Assistant administrator Shrum , and again I am quoting the Banner Press, stated:

“Since the last raise we replaced $27,000 worth of airator motors we have to have – counting electric lines, motors and cables—and spent $5000.00 on a control panel pump…the city  has spent on problems with the well after lightening struck the pump-which should be covered by insurance. He said the city spent nearly $15,000 on a situation at Glenn St, and has set aside money to bring back the elevated tower into service. All that takes money.”

Yes it does take money, but I still contend that the City has not applied for grants to replace the most deteriorated water and sewer lines.  At the June 12, 2009 meeting we (the Board) authorized the purchase of a  4 wheel drive back hoe from Eddie Cook for the amount of $26,000.00.  Why? Because the old one is worn out.

Why is the old one worn out? Because of the constant wear and tear of having to fix dilapidated water and sewer lines. 

I would like to add however; that the Bank of Missouri, gave the City an excellent rate of interest on the loan for the forklift (4% APR) which is even better than what the USDA offered which was (4.5% APR). 

In addition, and this is something that the Banner Press missed , according to my notes taken during the Friday June 12, 2009 meeting, Assistant administrator Shrum stated that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources  is concerned about “Inflow and Infiltration” of the City’s sewer system. City Clerk Carla Watt informed me during the meeting that several years ago the DNR conducted smoke tests on the City’s sewer system in the Lutesville side ( old Lutesville is Ward I) and that during this test so much smoke came from the sewers that the DNR stopped the test.

Folks, this problem is only going to get worst unless we start replacing lines, starting with the worst , first. It is my concern that the poor and the elderly can not afford any more increase of water and sewage rates therefore all resources to help get government funding and help keep rates low must be exhausted before further discussion of raising rates take place. 

On February 4, 2009 I received an email from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s office stating:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond from Missouri and Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico filed an amendment to the economic recovery package that will make it easier for states to administer the funds allocated to the State Revolving Funds (SRF).  The amendment would provide the states with the flexibility to choose to provide grants to municipalities for their water, waste water or drinking water projects.  ” 

I forwarded this email to the Mayor who in turn forwarded it to Assistant Administrator Shrum. To my knowledge it was not acted upon.

I received another letter from Sen. McCaskill’s office on June 5th, 2009 stating that a free grant-writing seminar was going to take place at Southeast Missouri State University on June 27, 2009. Assistant administrator Shrum agreed to attend. 

There is going to be a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 1’st about the annexation of the Blevin property (at their request), I do not know if the water and sewer rates will be discussed then, I would guess probably not, but I would encourage everyone to go to City Hall and look at the agenda (which will be taped on the dry erase board across from the collector’s office). 

If  it is not discussed on Wednesday July 1’st then it will most assuredly be discussed at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, July 13, 2009 @ 6:00 pm at City Hall , I would encourage you to notify your friends and neighbors about this important issue please ask them to attend the meeting. 

In other news I did vote to increase the fee for special uses of the City Parks from $10.00 to $20.00, the parks are getting in pretty poor shape and I thought we needed the funding.  That being said, I am expecting results from the City in the restoration of the parks.

On that note, I talked to Assistant administrator Shrum today and he informed me that he too was out of town and that the maintenance department did not fill the pool while he was gone. Apparently there was a miscommunication .  Mr. Shrum said that he will start filling the pool tomorrow; hopefully it will be ready to go by next week. 

The City also renewed liquor licenses for Amerimart, Ross’s BP, the Bollinger County Eagles and Hillbilly’s.  Pool table licenses were issued for the Bollinger County Eagles and Hillbilly’s. 

I do have a bit of good news, as of July 12, 2009 the Board of Aldermen approved their resolution (previously approved by voice vote during the April meeting ) in writing  to prohibit the profiling of citizens by the  police  on the basis of known political affiliation.   So feel free to exercise your God Given right to Free Speech! 

As promised, I finally was able to arrange a meeting with a MoDoT official on the speed limit on Highway 34 West and he informed the Board that traffic accidents remained low and that drivers have slowed down in that area, though they are most often driving 45 mph instead of the marked 35 mph.  I also found out that the 35 mph speed zone had only been extended by  3/10 of a mile, this, combined with the fact that MoDoT does not like to have several speed zones in one area , prompted the Board not to act on changing it again. 

I did take the opportunity to express to the MoDoT official that the City of Marble Hill needs help with the intersection of  Hwy’s 34 West and 51 South, and to state that the City needs highway 34 repaved through town, making it a point to note that the citizens of Marble Hill pay state taxes too. 

In new business, Ward II Alderman James Sear noted concerns from a local citizen in regards to the scheduling conflict between the Bollinger County Soccer League and the  Bollinger County Fair.  It was the suggestion of Mayor Masterson to let the two parties work out the problem themselves. 

Alderman Sear expressed concern about the need for Haz-Mat fire proof cabinets in the City Maintenance shed to protect flammable liquids. 

Alderman Sear stated that citizens were wondering about dust control for the ball park, a service previously provided by MoDoT but has since been contracted out. Alderman Sear stated that he would try to find out who MoDoT is now using to resolve the issue.

 I then read a letter from a concerned citizen regarding the condition of the ball fields and the bathrooms on the fields.  Assistant administrator Shrum  stated that the Optimist Club takes care of the ball fields and is planning on bringing in additional dirt and has also  purchased a DR Grader that will help in properly leveling the field. 

Last but not least I brought up my proposal for an “Adopt a Block” program. I had originally thought about an “Adopt a Street” program, but when I mentioned it to Mayor Masterson he liked it so much he said, “Why don’t we call it “Adopt a Block”.

“Adopt a Block” sounded better so that’s what I went with. The jest of the idea is to model a program similar to what MoDoT does with its “Adopt a Highway” program. 

A group of citizens, a church , a business or an organization could adopt a street or a whole block to help clean up the town, in return the City would provide a sign with the citizen’s , church, business or organizations’ name on it.  This would provide some free advertising in return for their volunteerism.  

I still have to run it by the City Attorney to make sure it meets his approval but the Board members seemed to like the idea.  Let’s hope we can make it work. 

Alderman Clint E. Lacy

Ward I, Marble Hill

 

Board of Aldermen Meeting Rescheduled for Friday, 6:00 PM

June 10, 2009

The Board of Aldermen for the City of Marble Hill, Missouri will meet at City Hall, at 6:00 pm.  To view the agenda and see a list of who will be speaking please click on this link:

https://aldermanlacy.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/board-of-aldermen-meeting-june-8th2009/

In addition the Board will hear presentations from J.D. Goodwin (local business owner) and Stephanie Watkins of the Bollinger County Soccer League.

If you want to have your name added to the agenda there is still time, just call City Hall at: 573-238-3622

Thank You,

Alderman Lacy

Ward I

Board of Aldermen Meeting June 8th,2009

June 5, 2009

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As you can see there is a lot on this month’s agenda. Of particular interest to residents are the City’s trash and sewer rates.  Personally I do not think we need an increase of any kind.

Mr. John Bechtold of the Missouri Department of Transportation will be addressing the Board about the speed limits on Hwy 34 West.

Paula Bridges of the Bollinger County Recycling will also address the Board.

I have also heard from some area businesses that would like to see the commercial trash rates match the residential. I will be bringing this up in the meeting.

I will also be addressing the condition of the baseball fields due to the following letter I received from a resident:

“I am writing in regard to the city baseball park.  My children
have had 15 practices down at the park and have only been able to use the field 3 times.  We have had 5 home games cancelled because the field was too wet to play on.  I realize you can not control the weather, but I have been on other towns fields after a gully washer has come through and the fields were able to be used with dust flying soon into play. 

I feel that the field is not of importance to the city.  We are the largest town in the division we play, yet we have the worst facilities – the field is always wet behind 1st and 2nd base, the bathrooms seldom have lights, toilet paper,  or soap and paper towels.  The women’s bathroom door will shut but if it does you will get locked in and have to bang for help.

However most of the time you don’t shut it because you have to leave the door open and find someone to guard for you in order to see.  Each time a game gets cancelled the city looses revenue.  I live out of town.  

I use my town trips wisely.  I usually will buy gas, groceries and eat at one of the local restaurants.  The upkeep of the field and playground area reflects upon the name of our city.  Surely the city can see that we need to take pride in our parks (not just the horse programs).  

 Every time a game is cancelled the kids are disappointed in their town.  If we want our children to stay in Marble Hill, then we need to show them while they are young that they matter.  Please help so that the baseball field can be used.   It is no good to the community if the kids can’t practice and proudly host a home game.  Do we pay taxes to upkeep the city parks? 

Is there record of where that money is being spent?”           

Yes there is a record a general tis found in the CPA report monthly.
You can contact our CPA Jeff Eftink for a detailed account.

Mr. Eftink business number is: 573-238-3334

Budget talks will begin very soon, if you have a street that needs paving, or a suggested project for the City there is still time to get your name on the agenda, just call 573-238-3622.

You can always email me at: clintlacy2@yahoo.com  or call me at: 573-450-0276

Alderman Clint E. Lacy

Ward I , City of Marble Hill.

 

Marble Hill Board of Aldermen Meeting: May 11th,2009

May 11, 2009
Board of Aldermen Meeting Agenda for May 11, 2009

Board of Aldermen Meeting Agenda for May 11, 2009

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Notes from April 29, 2009 Park Board Meeting (Page 1)

Notes from April 29, 2009 Park Board Meeting (Page 1)

April 29, 2009 Park Board Meeting (Page Two)

April 29, 2009 Park Board Meeting (Page Two)

 

April 29, 2009 Park Board Meeting (Page Three)

April 29, 2009 Park Board Meeting (Page Three)

Notes from April 13, Board of Aldermen Meeting

April 15, 2009

Notes from City of Marble Hill Board of Aldermen Meeting April 13, 2009 

The City of Marble Hill Board of Aldermen met in regular session at the Marble Hill City Hall and the meeting convened at 6:00 p.m.

In attendance were Mayor Russell Masterson, Alderman James Sear, Alderman Clint Lacy, Alderman Tim McCain, Assistant City Administrator Gary Shrum, Public Works Director Chuck Kernan and City Attorney Stephen Gray. 

Citizens attending were Sandy Horton and Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Miller. 

The meeting began with the reciting of the Pledge and was followed by the roll call. The Board then approved the minutes from the March, 2009 meeting, the City expenditures and the canvass of votes from the April 7, 2009 municipal election. 

Afterwards Alderman Tim McCain (Ward I) and Alderman James Sear (Ward II) took the Oath of Office to serve another two years in the City Council. 

Presentations to the Board were made by Sandy Horton and Mr. Mitch Miller. 

Mrs. Horton (who was representing Mr. Norman Slinkard) discussed the City’s policy on water deposits and how they apply to the relationship between renters and landlords. Mrs. Horton suggested raising the water deposits so that landlords would not have to settle the bill if their renters move without paying their last month’s water bill stating that Mr. Slinkard had to pay for his former renter’s water bill using his water deposit. 

Mr. Shrum stated that it seems Mr. Slinkard paid the deposit for his renter and suggested requiring future renters to pay a security deposit. 

I stated that it was my understanding that the issue between Mr. Slinkard and the City had been resolved to which Mayor Masterson responded by saying that the call he received from me was that the City was about to cut Mr. Slinkard’s water off. 

“That’s not the case”, Mayor Masterson stated, “That is not going to happen. The rental property is another story”.

I stated that in my conversation with Mr. Slinkard, I did not get the idea that Mr. Slinkard had paid the renter’s security deposit and asked why he would have to pay a former renter’s water bill with his security deposit. 

Assistant Administrator Gary Shrum stated that he would look into the matter. 

Mrs. Horton also addressed the Board regarding a dangerous hill on Englehart Ln and asked if any improvements could be made to make it safer. 

It was the general consensus of the Board that the City could not afford to widen the entire length of Englehart.  Possible solutions included making Englehart Ln. a one-way street, or widening the street in front of Mr. Mike Lincoln’s home in order to reduce the risk of accidents.  Assistant Administrator Gary Shrum said that he would talk to Mr. Lincoln to see if perhaps an agreement could be made to widen the street in front of his home. 

Mitch Miller addressed the Board next and wanted to know how many dog licenses / tags had been issued recently, and the Mayor said his best estimate would be two. I checked the collectors report and stated that I thought this was an accurate number. 

In new business the Mayor stated that: 

“The Board had covered a lot of things this past year and that the General public for the most part does not how much we {the Board} does.” 

Mayor Masterson then made it clear that the City intends to strictly enforce nuisance laws this year (such as the cutting of tall weeds and grass and the removal of junk from properties) He also wants to pursue the idea of contracting out the service of mowing weeds and grass and generally cleaning up condemned properties. 

Attorney Gray indicated that Chief Willis could issue citations and file charges against violators and that solid waste disposal fees can be levied against property owners ( via a lien against the property). 

Attorney Gray continued by stating: 

“If the property is condemned through the courts, contractors will be hired to do so (which costs thousands of dollars), we try to encourage property owners to take care of any trash disposal and or demolition of buildings themselves”. 

Mayor Masterson then assigned the following aldermen to supervise the City’s various departments. They are as follows: 

Alderman Lacy:

      –     Police

Alderman McCain

–     Fire and Rescue

–     Humane (animal control)

Alderman Sear:

–     Streets

–     Parks

Alderman Southwick:

–    Water / Sewer 

Mayor Masterson said that the USDA had been out to conduct a pre-check of the City dog pound and they found that the improvements made thus far looked good and that the City of Marble Hill’s dog pound looks better than many larger towns. 

The Mayor stated that there are still a few items to complete but that the City would soon have its Department of Agriculture license. He also stated that he had been in contact with Mrs. Marylin Neville of the Bollinger County Rescue Project and that she will soon have her Department of Agriculture license as well. Once that happens the City will be able adopt the animals out to the Bollinger County Stray Project. 

(This is a good thing because upon looking at the Collector’s Report, the City had to euthanize three animals last month) 

In other new business Ward I Alderman Sear asked Assistant Administrator Shrum if the owners of Flood buyout properties were going to have to pay for the demolition of the properties that are being purchased. 

Assistant Administrator Shrum stated that, “No this is not the case. The demolition costs are added into the appraisal of the property” 

I had several items for discussion under “new business”. They were as follows: 

– What is the progress on the storm drain on Central Avenue?

I was told that the project is completed and that the City is waiting for the dirt to settle before it can be graded and seeded. The Mayor stated that the new storm drain is diverting alot of water that used to run onto resident’s properties. 

Alley @ 104 Lutes St. (Behind the residence of Nick Nanny) is in rough condition. Is there any way the City can grade it, possibly add more gravel and clear gravel off of surrounding neighbors properties?

I was told by Public Works director Chuck Kernan that a work order has been written to fix the problem.

 

The tennis courts located in Pelligreno Park have fallen into disrepair, are we taking steps to fix them?

I was told by Assistant Administrative  Gary Shrum that the new nets have been ordered and that a brace needs to be made to fix and stabalize one of the poles that holds the nets. 

– The entrance to Third St. at the corner of Third and Englehart ( that the City paved last year) is suffering from erosion and I fear that it will soon start to affect the new pavement that we put there last fall. Is there anything we can do to fix this problem?

Assitant Administrator Shrum said he will look at the problem and see what can be done. 

– A citizen who lives on Opossum Creek Road asked if the culverts for the drainage ditches can be cleaned out because water is not draining like it should.

Public Works director Chuck Kernan and Assitant Administrator Shrum said that they would try and get the culverts cleaned out. 

Have we heard from the Missouri Department of Transportation on the possibility of changing the speed limit on Highway 34 West?

Assistant Administrator Shrum said that the City had not heard from them. ( I will follow up on this) 

Has officer Mullehey recieved his pay increase following his probationary period after being hired by the City?

Yes. 

Last but not least, I addressed the Board about my concern over the recent Missouri Information Awareness Center. The report specified that the State Highway Patrol was to pay special interest to motorist that supported political “third parties” (such as the Constitution Party or the Libertarian Party) the report also singled out supporters of U.S. Congressman Ron Paul (a Republican candidate for President in 2008) also included in this report was a section entitled “political paraphernalia” which included U.S. flags, U.S. Civil Flags and U.S. Historical Flags. 

I informed the Board that Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder recently condemned the report and called for an investigation regarding it, as well as putting Missouri Department of Public Safety Director John Britt on Administrative Leave. 

Continuing to address the Board on this issue I stated that the Missouri Highway Patrol has stopped distributing the report and that the Missouri Legislature had amended the budget to insure that any similar reports are not funded by the State of Missouri. 

I submitted a model ordinance that I had found on the Missouri Municipal League website which I slightly modified to prohibit the act of “political profiling” in the City of Marble Hill. 

I stated to my fellow aldermen that this is important to pass because the recent MIAC report singled out “radical Christians, those that opposed abortion as well as those that opposed illegal-immigration. 

I reminded my fellow Board members that we had all taken an Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution of the State of Missouri and the Constitution of the United States of America and told them I would very much appreciate their support regarding this resolution and that we all hold different political beliefs and have different political ideals, but part of upholding the Constitution was to uphold the First Amendment. 

City Attorney Stephen Gray stated that the majority of the model ordinance regarding traffic stops and frisking is already contained in the City’s police manuals and suggested that I could make a motion for the City to issue a Resolution that contained the language I had included in the model ordinance which prohibited “political profiling” which stated: 

At this point I made a motion to pass a resolution which was to state: 

“Enforcement decisions will not be based solely on known political affiliations, political beliefs or political symbols (such stickers); unless the officer is seeking an individual with one or more of those identified attributes.” 

The motion was seconded by Alderman James Sear and unanimously approved. 

I then informed my fellow Aldermen that I greatly appreciated their support in this matter. 

I want to emphasize that despite our differences it really makes me proud that they offered their support to this measure. I again want to thank them, for upholding their Constitutional Oaths and the Constitutional rights of the Citizens of Marble Hill. 

Update: I talked to City Attorney Stephen Gray today and he informed me that he had made some minor changes to the resolution and that we could vote on these changes during our next meeting.  I also talked to Mayor Russell Masterson today (04/14/2009) and he assured me that the Resolution did pass last night and that we would only be voting on the slight changes in wording by City Attorney Gray during our next meeting. 

At 8:08 p.m. the Board of Aldermen went in executive session to discuss personnel issues.

At 8:50 p.m. the Board reconvened into Regular Session. 

Upon reconvening the Board voted on and passed unanimously: 

Ordinance: 09-06 which set the rate of pay for the City Treasurer at $10.00 per hour.

Ordinance: 09-07 which set the rate of pay for the City Collector at $ 9.25 per hour.

Ordinance: 09-08 which set the rate of pay for the City Clerk at:       $11.00 per hour 

The meeting also resulted in a small “shake up” at City Hall, as the Board opted not to reappoint Carolyn Surface as City Clerk. 

The Board voted unanimously to reappoint Mellissa Armstrong as City Treasurer however there were no nominations made for the position of City Collector. This means that the City will be advertising and taking applications for this position.

The Board nominated and unanimously approved former City Collector Carla Watt to become the new City Clerk. 

In other news the Board voted to return the City’s old ordinance regarding barking dogs which means that it will be enforced from 10: 00 pm – 6:00 am. Residents will get one warning about barking dogs. 

The Board also voted to extend the amount of time that dogs are held in the City Pound from 5 business days to 10 business days. 

The Board approved a zoning  back variance in for Gary Lincoln to set a carport on his property at 202 Phelps St.

The City will also be accepting bids for industrial and residential trash pick up this year, the City’s current provider for these services is Waste Management. The advertisement will read: 

City of Marble Hill

Is accepting bids from responsible contractors for trash services for the City’s commercial and residential customers.

Interested bidders should contact City Hall

For bid specifications.

All bids shall be submitted by

May 1,2009 at 4:00 pm

Bids to be considered at the May 11,2009

Board of Aldermen Meeting.

The City reserves the right to accept or reject all bids.

Contact City Hall at: 573-238-3622 

No doubt I will probably look back through my packet and notes and find that I missed something. In the event that I have, I will publish additional information on this blog. 

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I

City of Marble Hill, Missouri.