At the Slater City Council's regular meeting Tuesday evening, May 20, council members approved bill payments and listened to a presentation by City Engineer Bill Marshall about replacing clarifying equipment for city water.
Mayor Stephen Allegri announced a pro wrestling match to be held in the city on Saturday, June 7, and invited everyone to join in what he said would be "great family fun and a good evening of entertainment."
Allegri also invited the public to attend Bear Creek Blues Festival, "one of the best blues festivals in the state," scheduled this year for Saturday, June 28. The annual event, which attracts ever-increasing audiences, will feature five bands this year.
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith reported he and Allegri had recently toured city streets and said the "slurry seal" and crack-patching repairs seem to be working well and holding up as expected. A list of additional streets in need of repair will be prepared for the next council meeting.
Allegri reminded the council that a "nuisance" ordinance is now in the process of being developed by City Attorney Patrick Cronan. Allegri said the ordinance will apply to unlicensed vehicles parked on the street, overgrown lawns and junk piled in yards.
The projected walking trail project continues to move forward.
A public hearing was held Monday, May 19, in response to a state requirement. Bids for the project will be solicited after state approval; Griffith said he expects the project to be underway by the end of July.
The large Slater sign near the railroad tracks just off Route 240 will be removed, repaired and refurbished, weather permitting, in time for the city's fall festival. Allegri said Councilwoman Ruby Romine had agreed to continue upkeep of flower plantings at the base of the sign.
In other business, the council approved renewal of liquor licenses for existing license holders, and an additional license for the Blues Festival.
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