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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:

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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: clintlacy2@yahoo.com.  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

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.

  

 

 

 

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.

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 to be rescheduled

June 9, 2009

The City of Marble Hill, Board of Aldermen Meeting was cancelled Monday due to the fact that a quorum was not present. The meeting will have to be rescheduled due to the fact that two aldermen were not present for the meeting.

It is at this time I would like to state that I understand there will be times when an alderman will not be able to make all the meetings. I myself have not been able to make all of them due to scheduling conflicts with work. That being said, a great many people were inconvenienced tonight because two of the aldermen did not call City Hall ahead of time.

Mr. Eddie Cook brought his back hoe to City Hall so that the Board of Aldermen could inspect it, before deciding whether or not to purchase the piece of equipment.

Mr. J.D. Goodwin , came to the meeting to discuss making trash rates more affordable for local businesses.

A representative from the Missouri Department of Transportation came to our City Hall to discuss speed limit studies on Highway 34 West.

Stephanie Watkins of the Bollinger County Soccer League also attended the meeting along with Paula Bridges of the Bollinger County Recycling Project and Linda Redeffer of the Banner Press newspaper.

Hopefully these people who took time out of their busy schedule to visit us at City Hall will be able to return when the meeting is rescheduled.

Alderman Clint E. Lacy

Ward I.

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.

Notes from Monday night’s Board of Alderman Meeting

March 11, 2009

On Monday March 9th, 2009 the Marble Hill Board of Aldermen met at the Marble Hill City Hall. 

The meeting started at 6:00 pm the first order of business was the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the roll call, all members were present.

The first order of business was the approval of the minutes for February’s meeting.  Before the minutes were approved, Mayor Russell Mastersontook issue with the fact that the minutes showed Alderman Southwick as voting “yes” on the Fire Department staff report, when in fact he was absent for the meeting.

It was agreed that City Clerk Carolyn Surface would correct the minutes, and the minutes were unanamously approved.

Next the City expenditures were reviewed, it was at this point that I asked Assistant City administrator Gary Shrum to investigate why a truck pedal cost $226.85.

Mr. Shrum agreed to investigate the expenditure.  My personal thoughts are that, the City probably had to purchase an entire pedal assembly, but even so, it is my job to “keep them honest” so to speak.

Mrs. Underwood ( a concerned citizen) made a presentation concerning the posted 35 mph speed limit on Highway 34 west.

Mrs. Underwood stated that she had been , “driving on the road for 40 years and does not see the for the 35 mph speed limit”

She continued by stating, “My understanding is that the reduced speed limit was enacted by Elder Care ( a nursing home facility located on Highway 34 in the City’s west side) after a mail carrier accident but since then their mailbox has been moved onto their property”

Mrs. Underwood also stated that she is directly involved in two businesses in the area and has received numerous complaints from customers who think it (the 35 mph limit)  is not a necessary and consider the area a speed trap.

She stated that she had contacted MoDot and they had told her that the speed limit was “not out of reason but was not necessary either.

Mrs. Underwood continued by stating that MoDot had suggested that the City raise the speed limit, and if the City chose to do so, they (MoDot) would provide the new signs.

After her presentation Mrs. Underwood asked the Board to share  their opinions about her proposal.

I was first to speak and stated that ” I have heard numerous complaints about the speed limit and would be open to raising it.

Alderman Tim McCain (Ward I) responded by stating that he was on the Board when the speed limit was lowered and MoDot  conducted a study and suggested the 35 mph speed limit.

Assistant City Administrator Shrum(agreeing with McCain) stated:

“There were three reason for the speed limit reduction…

Elder-Care, School Buses, Trailer Trucks”

I responded (in what was to become a rather heated argument between Alderman McCain and myself) by stating that I thought the area of Highway 34 in question is perceived to be a speed trap ( which it is ) and that it gives our town a bad image, adding that it is not the way I wish to see our town raise revenue.

A very red-faced McCain countered by stating that revenue was not the reason the speed limit was lowered.

I countered by stating that late last year another citizen had visited City Hall also stated that she had contacted MoDoT and was told the speed limit was up to the Board to decide.

Mayor Masterson stated, “MoDoT will tell you that, but ultimately the final decision is up to MoDoT”

Alderman Sears then entered the debate by stating “his sister in law used to live across the street from Elder-Care and was employed there and she used to have to get residents of the facility out of the Highway”

Alderman McCain said “no matter what the speed limit is , people are going to break the law and we have to live with that”

I responded by stating that the whole population should not be punished for the crimes committed by a few law breakers.

Mrs. Underwood suggested raising the speed limit to 45 mph and I stated that this would be a good compromise for everyone.

Alderman Southwick agreed with this compromise as well.

Assistant Administrator Shrum offered to contact MoDoT in order to find out if the City did have the ability to change the speed limit. (Just for good measure, I have contacted MoDoT myself via email and am awaiting their response.)

Mrs. Elizebeth Wainright of the Missouri Department of Agriculture was on the agenda to address the Boardin regards to what the City has to do to get the dog pound in compliance with State and Federal law, but did not show up.

Mayor Masterson stated, ” At this point we don’t have a license and we can  not hold an animal over 8 hours without one, nor can we enter into an agreement with any shelter or rescue organization who does not have a license.”

The Mayor continued, “At this point we have two options…

1. Apply for a license

2.Enter into a contract with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri”

Alderman McCain made a motion to apply for a license and was seconded by Alderman Sear. The motion carried unanimously.

I voted for this because no matter what route the City takes , it is required to have a license. I still favor a contract with the Humane Society.

Requi Salter of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri stated that the Department of Agriculture would work with the city to help bring it into compliance in regards to the City pound.

The mayor stated that the City will conduct the pound per ordinance and that any collared dog will be retained for 5 days, after that if no one claims the animal it will be euthanized. ( Non collared dogs will be held for 10 days)

At 6:45 the Board adjourned for 15 minutes, during which time they met with the Fire Department who brought the new fire truck by for us to see.

It appears to be in excellent shape, and I feel they did a good job in their purchase.

The Board returned to the meeting at 7:05 pm and approved water rate adjustments for Jerry Pyle , who resides on South St, and Mathew Birk who resides on High St.

Assistant administrator Shrum stated that he had the paper work for the Board to sign for the creation of a non for profit organization. This is so that the City will be eligible for USDA loans at a rate of 4.5% and requested the Board’s support in his request to puchase a 4 wheel drive back hoe.

In new business Alderman Sear brought in OSHA forms  that City Employees are supposed to be utilizing to report accidents throughout the year.

Alderman Sear also asked about Dog Pound improvements, and the mayor suggested that the City implement  Alderman McCain’s improvement plan.

I stated that I would like to see the tennis courts and Pelligreno Park repaired.

Assistant administrator Shrum stated that the poles that hold the nets are bent due to people jumping on the cables that are attached to them. Shrum added that he “doesn’t know why people around here don’t take care of things, but as long as it’s not theirs, they will continue to break things” , Shrum did state he would look into getting some repairs done at the park.

Alderman McCain asked the Board’s permission to recruit volunteers to paint new signs at the City parks, and all agreed it was a good idea.

Alderman Southwick stated that all of his new business had to be conducted in executive session, and so at 7:42 pm the Board went into closed session.

The Board re-entered regular session at 8:37 pm Alderman Southwick made a motion to hire another maintenance employee (Dillon Yount, this decision was based on the interview process conducted last month) at a rate of $8.50 per hour.

The Board also terminated Reserve officers McCall and Icet.

In other business the Board signed the papers to create a Non Profit Organization (discussed earlier in this post) and City Clerk Carolyn Surface informed the Board that the City had received a plaque of appreciation from the Christmas in the Foothills organization for their support in their efforts and Christmas activities.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:43 pm.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I

UPDATE REGARDING MoDoT and the PROPOSED SPEED LIMIT CHANGE: 

I have received an email from MoDoT regarding the proposed speed limit increase on Highway 34 West in Marble Hill. It looks like they’re going to have to review some studies and accident reports. It also looks as if the Mayor was correct, they have to approve it. Below is the email I received today- Alderman Lacy…

Alderman Lacy,

Thank you for the information that you have provided.

MoDOT will be happy to look into the speed limit revision that you have addressed.  Please not that it will take some time to evaluate this as we conduct a speed study, review accident history etc. to determine the appropriate speed limit  to post.

I am unaware of any previous contact by Mrs. Underwood, though I am not saying that it did not happen.  I do question the statement  “Mrs. Underwood also stated that she contacted MoDOT and that MoDOT said that the City could change the speed limit if it wanted to.”  I’m not sure who would have told her that.  Also, it is a little more involved than just  posting whatever speed limit the City “wants to”.  Typically MoDOT conducts the speed limit evaluation then makes a recommendation to the city along with a request for the appropriate ordinance.  Upon receipt, MoDOT would then install the appropriate signing.  We retain the right to set the speed limits on State maintained routes within city limits, but seek to work closely with cities to ensure both the proper posting and enactment to facilitate enforcement with no legal problems.

I will have John Bechtold, Senior Traffic Studies Specialist responsible for that area, contact you with the results of his study.  I do know that MoDOT has reviewed speed limits in Marble Hill in the not-too-distant past, though am not certain if it pertained to this same are that you and Mrs. Underwood are concerned about.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

Thanks,

Steve
 

Steven D. Hoernig, P.E.
Traffic Operations Engineer
MoDOT – District 10 (Sikeston)
(573)-472-5384
(573)-472-5265 Fax.
steven.hoernig@modot.mo.gov

Board of Aldermen Meeting Tonight 6:00 pm

March 9, 2009

The City of Marble Hill, Board of Aldermen will meet tonight at the Marble Hill City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

The following is the agenda for the meeting:

AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order by Mayor Masterson
  2. Pledge of Allegiance / Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes for  the Regular Board Meeting 02/09/09 , Special Board Meeting 02/27/09 , City , Park , Pool Expenditures.
  4. Presentations to the Board Myra K. Underwood-(Speed limits on Hwy 34 West) , Elizabeth Wainwright (USDA DEPT. of AGRICULTURE), Jeff Eftink CPA.
  5. Presentation to the Board, City Attorney Stephen Gray
  6. Staff Reports: City Collector Carla Watt, City Clerk Carolyn M. Surface, Fire Department Jim Bollinger, Police Department Dennis Willis, Admin. Assistant Gary Shrum.
  7. New Business Ordinances for City Clerk-Collector-Treasurer
  8. Mayor Report
  9. Adjournment

I picked my meeting packet up from City Hall today, included with the agenda are three proposed ordinances to give the City Clerk, City Treasurer and City Collector raises.

First of all, I feel fairly certain that this will not happen this evening. It is my understanding that raises are not decided upon until the City budget is discussed (which is either in June or July).

That being said, I will not be supporting a blanket raise for everyone when we do discuss the budget.  Let’s just say that I don’t believe that everyone is fullfilling their expectations.

Last year I was new to this office and naively thought that a generous raise would generate good results, this has not been the case.

Also included in the packet is a very thick booklet detailing the rules and regulations that a city must maintain according to the Deptartment of Agriculture.

Yes we will be discussing the City Dog Pound again, and regardless of the outcome, the pound is going to need alot of work, because in order to hold animals, the City must be licensed through the Department of Agricutltre.

For the record, I still support entering into a contract with the Humane Society. For several reasons. One of them being is that I have been monitoring the Humane Society and Bollinger County Stray Project what I see is that the Humane Society seems to be doing a much better job of getting unwanted pets adopted, the Bollinger County Stray project has seemingly been unable to find homes for the same 50 animals listed on their website for the past month and a half.

Given the fact that during the last meeting Mayor Masterson said that the City can not work with a shelter that is not licensed, I do not forsee the City working with the BCSP.

I went over the expenditure list, nothing really out of the ordinary was seen, although I think  $236.00 is a little pricey for a truck pedal for the maintenance department.

The total list of expenditures for last month totals : $35,791.59

According to the Collector’s report last month the City  collected: $43,888.92

If I am reading the report submitted by Jim Eftink, CPA, the City has $1,256,263.59 in its account.

The packet also includes to requests for the Board to approve water bill adjustments on High St. and Third St.

Police Chief Dennis Willis reports that he has been working on nuisance properties and junk vehicles this year, among them are properties on Union St., Central Ave. and Hwy 51 South.

The Chief states that he has received some complaints from the Sheriff  and that he is looking to find a way to have more coverage by patrol officers  at the least expense to the City.

Chief Willis reports that he and Mayor Masterson discussed the possibility of making a new schedule and for the month of March the City will have coverage from 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. , 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m.

On  Saturday and Sunday the shifts will be from 2:00 pm – 11:00 p.m and 11:00p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

In addition the Chief adds that Reserve Officer McCall had told him in October that we would not be going overseas and would be available as a range officer, however; Officer Shaffter notified the Chief in February that McCall had been taken a job as a contractor in Iraq, therefore he recommends replacing McCall with a new reserve officer.

With the increase in burglaries, Chief Willis is asking the Board to look into hiring another officer.

Assistant Administrator Shrum states in his report that all of the out of service fire hydrants have been repaired except for two, those being one at the South end of Third St and one at the North end of Glen St. , these have to be excavated and replaced as they were installed in the 1940’s.

Mr. Shrum reports that the new fire engine seems to be in excellent shape and that the new roof on the maintenance shed has been completed.

In addition Mr. Shrum writes that:

“All of the grant applications have been submitted to SEMA and the State for the Community Develop Block Grant.” and that he has, “the price quotes in for the new aerators for the lagoon. Two unites will cost $13, 509.23 delivered.

Assistant administrator Shrum reports that interviews were conducted for the mainenance worker position and the succesful applicant was John Wesley Craft.

In closing Mr. Shrum states that it will soon be time to to hire seasonal help and proposes that Arvil Leadbetter be hired as the crew chief.

Shrum also plans to contact Mr. Ivey in order to get some warranty work done for the City Pool liner.

 

Latest News…

January 25, 2009

The City of Marble Hill recently purchased this 2005 Chevy Trailblazer from Lutesville Motor Company in Marble Hill for $8,150. During the January 12, 2009  Board of Alderman meeting  Officer Dettmer of the Marble Hill Police Department approached the Board seeking approval to buy a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer to replace the 1997 MH#4 police car, stating that the City sometimes has to assist the County on calls and that given the fact of the terrain of the City the Police Department needs a four wheel drive vehicle during inclement weather.

Notes from January 12, 2009 Public Hearing & Board Meeting…

The City of Marble Hill, Jan 12, Board of Aldermen Meeting began at 6:00 pm with Mayor Masterson wishing the Aldermen, Staff and Citizens a happy and productive new year. A roll call confirmed that all aldermen were present and the Board approved the previous months minutes.

Next Jim Eftink, CPA gave a presentation to the Board. Perhaps Mayor Masteron’s wish for “happy” and “productive” New Year might be coming true. According to Eftink, the City of Marble Hill’s revenue, (through sales and fuel taxes) have been increasing during a time when many communities are seeing a decline in revenue.

Next Catherine Walters from Rural Development approached the Board stating that recently the City had applied for a grant for a new tornado siren, however she found that the City is in a very unusual position, because according to median household income of the residents, the City qualifies for the grant, however; Walters stated that, “The City is doing very well financially compared to other cities in the area” and therefore did not qualify for the grant.

Walters stated that the City could form a non for profit organization and would qualify for a loan to purchase the new siren at an interest rate of 4.5%.

At 6:29 pm the Board of Aldermen went into closed session to discuss legal matters. Unfortunately, that is all I can say about this given the fact that State law forbids me from disclosing the details of the meeting.

Regular session reconvened at 7:27 pm and the Marble Hill Fire Department made a presentation to the Board of Alderman about purchasing a new fire engine. Representing the fire department were Jim Bollinger, Calvin Troxle, Darrell Schell and Kenny Simmons.

The Fire Department is seeking to replace Engine #1 which is a 1989 model and has been in service for 20 years. The Fire Department has stated that the engine is underpowered and no longer meets the department’s needs.

Troxle stated that the Fire Department has found a 1995 fire engine located in Springfield , Va. That can be purchased for $79,900 and that they would like to finance the engine through People’s Bank for $87,000, the extra money being used to make some moderate upgrades to the new engine such as lettering, new headsets and additional fire hoses.

Troxle added that the new engine included a fully enclosed , belted cab which would be a safety feature for fire department members as well as a 20% increase in pumping capacity and a diesel generator.

The yearly payment on the old engine is $12,320 and will be paid off in July. The yearly payment on the new engine would be $19,918, however; the Fire Department plans to sell the old engine for $50,000, reapply that money to refinance the loan on the new engine which would bring the new payment down to an estimated $10,000 per year.

The Fire Department then sought the approval to travel to Springfield, Va, to look at the engine, and purchase it if it meets their approval. Pictures show that it is in excellent condition, but the members wanted to inspect it in person, asking only to be reimbursed for the fuel it takes them to travel there and back.

Darrell Shell stated that the Fire Department $1,500 per month from the County and the MHFD has an obligation to protect the County’s citizens. He also said he wanted to show the County that the department is being responsible with the money it receives from them.

Alderman Sear made a motion to approve the trip and purchase of the engine and Alderman Lacy seconded.

A vote was taken and the measure was unanimously approved.

Officer Dettmer of the Marble Hill Police Department approached the Board seeking approval to buy a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer to replace the 1997 MH#4 police car, stating that the City sometimes has to assist the County on calls and that given the fact of the terrain of the City the Police Department needs a four wheel drive vehicle during inclement weather.

In addition the MH #4 car would be used as a City Vehicle for the City Hall staff which currently uses their personal vehicles to run City errands.

Dettmer said that Lutesvill Ford is asking $9,900 for the vehicle, but he thinks that the dealership will work with the City and come down on the price considerably. Dettmer also emphasized the importance of buying locally, which given some though, I would have to agree with him, (perhaps that is one reason that the City of Marble Hill is doing better financially than other communities in the area?)

The Board gave their permission for Officer Dettmer to negotiate on the price for the dealer, but not before I raised what I feel is a very valid point stating that, “We have just given approval for the purchase of an $87,000 fire engine, and we are discussing approving the purchase of a four wheel drive vehicle for the Police Department , which I am not opposed to. However; there are still several areas in which City Maintenance projects are not getting completed in a timely manner, for instance at 709 Third Street there is a fire hydrant that has been leaking for six months. Then there’s the storm water project on Central Ave. The pipes are stacked next to the road, but the project still isn’t finished, things need to start being fixed around here in a timely manner”

I added that last year we approved a 7% raise for the maintenance department and if the public doesn’t start seeing some progress they’re not going to be so supportive of these purchases.

At this point a spirited debate began between myself and Alderman McCain, at which point I informed Alderman McCain that I was elected to represent citizens in Ward I and when a citizen has a complaint it is my job to bring it to City Hall.

McCain responded by stating, “Yes and it is also your job to make the citizens understand why the have to wait longer than they want to, in order to get problems fixed”.

I responded by stating, “They shouldn’t have to wait six months”.

A discussion soon ensued by the Board members and it was agreed that as soon as the weather warms up, the hydrant would be replaced on Third Street, and gave approval for overtime pay to make sure the job gets done.

Assistant Administrator Shrum again made a presentation to the Board stating that somehow the City did not renew their FCC license and that the maintenance workers are having trouble communicating because the frequency was assigned to the City of Scott City.

Shrum stated that in order to apply for a new FCC license, the City would be assigned a new “narrow band” frequency and unfortunately the City maintenance department’s hand held radios are too old to pick up the new narrow bands, so in addition to renewing the City’s FCC license , the City will have to purchase new radios.

Shrum then stated that he has received numerous complaints about barking dogs and the ordinance needs to be revisited {again}.

I stated that if the City worried half as much about our water and sewer lines as it does about barking dogs, maybe our water and sewer lines would be replaced by now.

Assistant Administrator Shrum discussed was the request that Mr. Kenney Brown made about cutting down three trees that borders his property and one of the City’s streets. The Board was informed that the trees are very large and if they were to ever fall on the streets, it would do major damage to the street as well as a water line that runs under it. Shrum said that Mr. Brown was concerned given last year’s ice storms and requested that the City pay half the costs of removing the trees. The Board agreed with the stipulation that the contractor had to be licensed and bonded.

Last on Shrum’s presentation was a request by the Bank of Missouri , located at the intersections of Hwy’s 34 & 51 for a street light. Shrum stated that Black River Electric Cooperative would install the light, but needed the Board’s approval to do so.

The Board agreed it would be a good idea because it would also help light the intersection that the bank is located next to.

Alderman Jimmy Sear made the motion to approve the measure which was seconded by Alderman Southwick and approved unanimously.

In new business, Mayor Masterson stated that he has contacted the County Commission about assistance with the City dog pound but didn’t think the County would be able to help out given their current financial situation.

Alderman Sear stated that he was concerned about the lack of police coverage in the City on Saturday’s stating that the City does not have any coverage on this day until 3:00pm. Alderman Southwick stated that during this time the County provided coverage. A discussion soon ensued between the Board members with a general consensus being that the lack of Saturday coverage was the result of reserve officers not fulfilling their obligations.

I then brought up a bill that was in my information packet regarding a resident who was charged $800 (in 2004) when his street was paved. I was informed that the citizens on that street were asked before the paving was approved and I stated that I had talked to the individual and he states that he was never informed of the project and that he was told he had to pay the bill, eventually making a verbal agreement to pay $25 per month. According to the citizen , Rick Jones ( who was Mayor) at the time of this dispute dismissed the bill, however Assistant City Administrator Shrum and City Clerk Carolyn Surface did not agree.I found out that no written signatures were obtained prior to the project and that permission was obtained verbally, a practice which I described as “wreckless”, however despite my objections, the Mayor and the other Board members did not want to revisit this issue, the consensus being that if a majority of the residents agreed to paving the street , all residents on that street were responsible for the paving. Assistant Administrator Shrum suggested putting a “tax lean” on the property if the resident who objected to paying the bill does not pay off the approximate $400.00 remaining on the bill.

I next presented the Board with a proposal to enter into a contract with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri to take the City’s unwanted stray dogs to. While I emphasized that the validity of revisiting the problem of barking dogs is debatable, stray animals running at large presents a hazard to the community and puts a strain on City resources by having to take care of them.

I stated that I had talked to Cheryle Dillon of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri and she had stated that the Humane Society would enter into a contract with the City of Marble Hill with the stipulation that we adopt, (as part of our dog ordinance) the following section from the City of Cape Girardeau Ord. No. 3523, art. 2,7-18-05 , Sec. 6-29 : Impoundment of animals running at large; fees; disposition if unclaimed by owner.

This reads:

“Any animal found within the city running at large, not tied or led by a line or leash, contrary to the provisions of this article, shall be taken up and impounded in a suitable place, as designated by the city. The animal shall be held for five (5) days and will be micro-chipped for identification prior to final release. The animal may be claimed at any time by the owner by paying the cost of micro-chipping and the cost of impounding and feeding the animal. If the owner, or some person for him, does not claim the animal within the five (5) days after it is impounded, ownership of the animal shall transfer to the impoundment facility and the animal may be placed for adoption or euthanized. If any animal is impounded more than once due to violations of this chapter, such animal will not be finally released from the second impoundment unless the animal has been spayed or neutered. If the owner cannot provide written confirmation by a licensed veterinarian that the animal has been previously spayed or neutered, the impoundment facility will have a licensed veterinarian conduct the sterilization procedure on the animal before relinquishing custody of the animal. The owner of the animal shall be required to pay the costs of the sterilization of the animal prior to the animal’s release.”

Mrs. Dillon also ads that:

“We do not charge for the microchip that is implanted the first time an animal comes in. When we tell the owner it is free it kind of takes some of the sting away. When they claim the animal they sign a Return to Owner form that states the next time the animal comes in it will be spay or neutered before being released to them.”

The Board members agreed that this was a good idea and that it would greatly reduce the time, money and resources associated with the current pound and the proposition would be sent to City Attorney Stephen Gray so that the ordinance could be amended to include these stipulations.

Alderman Sear then made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Alderman McCain, bringing the meeting to a close at approximately 9:35 pm. Clint E. Lacy 

 

Ward I Alderman,

 

City of Marble Hill

 

City of Marble Hill

City of Marble Hill

 

 

 

Someone’s Lyin’ !

November 20, 2008

From the Banner Press

Wednesday November 19th, 2008

“Board of Aldermen Meeting Rescheduled… Again”

By Linda Redeffer:

After first rescheduling a meeting from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 because of a lack of a quorum, the Marble Hill Board of Aldermen rescheduled again Nov. 13 for the same reason.

On Nov. 10, Alderman Clint Lacy was absent and Alderman Tim McCain arrived just minutes after Mayor Russell Masterson adjourned the meeting. City Attorney Steve Gray advised Masterson that he could reopen the meeting,but the mayor declared the meeting adjourned. No one objected and the business was carried over to November 13.

After holding a short public hearing on the 13th to rezone property from residential to commercial-a quorum isn’t needed for a hearing- the members who were present waited for Lacy and Alderman Joel Southwick to arrive for a special meeting to vote on the rezoning and then to hold a separate meeting to take up the business postponed from Nov. 10. Neither alderman arrived.

City Clerk Carolyn Surface said she  has been unable to reach Lacy and Southwick, and is unsure when the city will be able to meet next.”

First of all, as I have done so previously on this blog, I apologize to the citizens for being unable to attend the past two meetings. That being said, I notified the mayor well in advance that I would not be able to make the regular and special meetings.

As a matter of fact, I notified the Banner Press’s editor, Linda Redeffer well in advance as well when I delivered he my information packet so that she could inform the public what was on the agenda for the next meeting.

To skew the story in order to make it look like I was some kind of “dead beat alderman” shows a lack of professionalism.

As to the allegations that City Clerk Carolyn Surface has made about being unable to contact me, again, totally false, she called me the night of regularly scheduled meeting asking me if I was coming to the meeting, I answered the phone at work and told her I would be unable to attend, and that I had informed the mayor of this.  Mrs. Surface called me back shortly afterward to inform me that the meeting had been rescheduled to after the public hearing on the 13th, again I told her I would be unable to attend this meeting , and that I had informed the mayor of this as well.

I explained to her that I have to use my personal vacation time in order to attend the meetings, and that during this time of year it is very difficult to get vacation time. 

Today (November 19th) I again received a call from Mrs. Surface asking if I could make a meeting on Monday, again I told her it was next to impossible.

So that’s where we are at.  I have to work for a living, the government is not going to “bail me out” if I don’t pay my bills.  I ran for office so that the people would have some representation at City Hall, and so that I could inform the citizens about what their City Government is doing.

It is a sacrifice of time, and in my case money, (I have dedicated nearly a week’s worth of vacation time so that I could attend meetings and special meetings) but one I have made willingly.  I have not achieved everything that I have wanted to in my first year of office,  but I have managed to help a few folks out.

Why would the Banner Press act like I did not inform them about my absence for the regular meeting when I told them well in advance?

Why would City Clerk Carolyn Surface say that she has been unable to reach me, when she has had absolutely no trouble contacting me?

Someone is lying and it’s not me.

I will continue to relay meeting information to the Banner Press as I always have, but I want them to know that it is for the citizens benefit, not theirs.

Clint Lacy

Alderman Ward I

Marble Hill, Missouri

P.S.

I will be at the December meeting , I was able to schedule vacation to attend it well in advance.

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