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Slater council approves agreement for water plant improvements, hikes mileage reimbursement rate

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Gasoline prices have stabilized -- for the moment -- the first week of June, but they remain high. The price of $3.79 per gallon in Slater Tuesday, June 3, was about 10 cents higher than in Marshall.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
Higher water rates are likely in Slater soon after the city council approved a lease-purchase agreement for improvements to the water plant.

The rate hike will be considered by the council at a later date and will have no effect on wastewater charges, according to Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith.

At the council meeting Tuesday, June 3, Griffith recommended the council consider a 22-cent increase per 1,000 gallons for residential customers and a 32-cent increase per 1,000 gallons for wholesale customers.

The average homeowner would likely see a $1.10 to $2.20 increase on water bills based on 5,000- to 10,000-gallon-per-month usage, he said.

Griffith also recommended making the rate hike effective early in October.

The water fund will pay off a 1981 bond in October, and the money normally used for bond payments, along with the the rate hike, will help make payments for the improvements to the plant and would allow the city to contribute to reserve funds set aside to pay for future improvements.

The engineer the city consulted recommended setting aside $40,000 per year in the reserve fund, but Griffith said he wanted to keep the rate hike as low as possible, especially considering electric rates were raised recently, and recommended setting aside a little more than $24,000 per year for future needs.

The $400,000 lease-purchase agreement has a 15-year term at 4.8 percent interest, according to Griffith.

In other business, the council agreed to help city workers hit in the pocketbook by rising gas prices by linking its mileage reimbursement rate to the rate offered by the state of Missouri, a step also taken recently by the Saline County Health Department.

The current state rate is 47.5 cents per mile.

Gas prices in Slater the night of the meeting were $3.79 per gallon.

Mayor Stephen Allegri also put local teens on notice, announcing that police officers will be asking young people to move along if they are hanging around at the city parks or downtown.

Allegri said the city has had problems recently with people throwing trash in the swimming pool, trashing restrooms and causing other mischief.

"I really hate to do this," Allegri said. "I know kids need to have a place to go. But this council is working hard to make Slater one of the cleanest towns in the state. We all need to work together."

Allegri said he would be glad to talk with teens about solutions to the problem.

All council members were present at the meeting. The next regular council meeting will be Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in city hall.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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It is always the ones that have no clue what goes on outside the box that make the unthought comments. Put yourself in their shoes and think what would you do in their position, and dont give the common answer that most do "Oh I wouldn't do this or I would do it that way" if it was your job to uphold and maintain order that's exactly what you would do. They are paid to do a job to protect and that's what they do. If your one of the ones that thinks that way then chances are your one of the ones causing the problems and maybe you should consider changing your lifestyle. Be a part of the solution not the problem that's all I'm saying.

-- Posted by Gargonite29 on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 2:50 AM

I am going to have to agree 100% with what (Pumpkin08)has said this is the TRUTH!!!...I back what you said 100%...GOOD JOB!!

And for (Anthonyn08) how do you know that the police are running license plates just for driving through town!?...are you kidding me!!!...what you just said is ridiculous!!!...let me guess you must be one of the many many many people in this town that has nothing better to do with their time than sit in the house and listen to a scanner to see what their local Saline County Law Enoforcement is doing!!??

-- Posted by Get A Grip on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 2:37 AM

Whatever happened to setting a time for your kids to be home, checking on them or holding them accountable for their actions? Are those days really gone to just let your kids do what they want. These are the kids that end up in jail for doing what they are not supposed to then the parents and the child themselves blame the police for harrassment and not being out there to catch the real criminals as some might say. Do these people realize what the world would be like without order. NO they dont they just see cops doing what they think is a unneeded job until it's something they need. So if the police didn't do anything and just let it go people in general would be upset because as they would put it the cops should have done something about it. It's just sad to see the cops are out to make things better and all people want to do is complain.

-- Posted by Gargonite29 on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 11:14 PM

It is not just the Slater cops or the city of Slater that are running kids off. Marshall does it too, has for years. Kids can't sit on the square or anywhere on Odell St. with out getting ran off, and I believe the park is locked up at night too. Same with Fayette.

I agree they shouldn't be allowed to sit and trash parking lots, pools, streets, and expect people to clean up after them. It's called respect- and sounds like some individuals are lacking that.

-- Posted by prd123 on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 2:07 PM

after reading your comment, it does sound like slater is still a great place for growing . . .

-- Posted by SecretAgentMichaelScarn on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 1:53 PM

Oh such a grown up comment there SecretAgentMichaelScarn. If you've read the paper lately- majority of that is going on in Marshall.

Anthony08- I agree with you on part of this. However- Slater has many festivals thru out the year- whether the teens choose to be involved- well that's another story. They opened the Youth Center for teens- and look where that has gone. The kids are out of control, they tear the chairs up, the tables, the bathrooms up, don't take care of anything, the list could go on and on. Take a ride thru Pedigre Park sometime and look at what has been rubbed on at the Stop sign, and was also done to the bathroom walls as well. I wouldn't advise you to touch it though.

The city also put in brand new restrooms in the park, this is the kiddie park, and guess what has already happened to them. Teens, who aren't even supposed to be in there, have torn down both men and womens signs, used the walls instead of the stools, it is down right disgusting and the "city" should not have to clean up after these yeah-hoo's. They should have parents to do that- but evidently they don't care either.

As for the pool- do you have kids? I sure as heck don't want my child stepping on broken beer bottles on the sidewalks, let alone they throw them in the pool as well. It's ridiculous. If they want to be able to sit there or anywhere else and hang out- then act right, don't be immature and start tearing things up. Show some responsibility. Same goes for the kids sitting on Main St. after hours. They throw all the rocks out of the rock/flower beds, and trash out into the street and on the sidewalks. You think the street cleaner appreciates that? no. Would you? Doubt it. The church steps have had to be redone because of kids tearing them up with bikes and skate boards.

The cops are doing a fine job with patroling those areas. They can't be there every second though to baby sit and honestly,they shouldn't have to.

The city and the mayor are for the kids- but not when in return, it is getting destroyed by immature brats. Same ones who walk the streets day and night- and the parents have no clue where they are, because they just don't care. Probably the same ones who broke into the pharmacy a few months ago, 4:00 in the morning....where were the parents then?? And you think it should be ok for these kids to just be hanging out on Main St? That's crazy.

Do you really think Slater can support a movie theatre? Why would anyone want to open a business of the sort when this is how the kids treat everything else? The bowling alley burned yes, but was it really getting that much business- by teens? No. Not that it wouldn't be great to have both- but come on. Citizens have to put forth a little effort too and be supportive, and again, help take care of things.

-- Posted by pumpkin08 on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 11:57 AM

Is Slater still a great place for growing (pot)?

-- Posted by SecretAgentMichaelScarn on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 10:37 AM

Mayor Allegri must realize that the park and downtown are really the only places that teens can hang out! Yes some kids do things they shouldn't but maybe the city police need to pay more attention to what is going on at the park instead of running people's license plate just for driving through town! This is ridiculous! Slater is a great place but more needs to be done for its teens! If the teens had somewhere better to go and hang out then maybe they wouldn't be getting into trouble! I still respect the people that live around the park and do not want them to be bothered by teens at the park but the city of Slater needs to provide for its teens! Maybe more family events? Personally I believe the city of Slater needs to find someone to open a bowling alley again and a small movie theatre!

-- Posted by aen2012 on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 8:39 AM

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