The Slater City Council met Tuesday, Dec. 2, to discuss the town's Christmas festivities and hear reports from Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith.
Mayor Stephen Allegri said the town's recent turkey giveaway and tree-lighting ceremony was a great success, with at least 250 people in attendance.
"Downtown looks great," he said, "like the Country Club Plaza."
Councilmember Terry Jordan spoke about Winterfest in more detail than in the previous meeting. He said many businesses will be having sales that day, Dec. 6. There will also be carolers serenading festivalgoers.
The council was reminded that the Santa Train, officially called the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express, will be in Slater on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.
"Santa Claus is going to be in Slater all December," Allegri said.
Griffith reported on Slater's efforts to create an enterprise zone -- an area in and around Slater that offers tax incentives to draw new businesses.
There will be a meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. about this issue, and the public is welcome to attend.
The council also approved a revision of the 2008 budget, as done by Griffith.
Griffith proposed buying both a model 740 Hydro Jetter, a sewer-line cleaning machine for routine system maintenance, and lawn mower for the city.
The sewer machine cost, $45,304, will be split over two budget years, Griffith said. He said the city will try to sell the older machine, which still works.
The mower will cost about $11,000, Griffith said.
The council approved $3,850 for the purchase earlier and the sewer department will pay the remaining amount, he said.
The council approved both purchase requests.
Griffith also suggested that the council consider acid flushes for two wells at the water plant, probably some time next year.
Slater's wastewater plant is still in flux. The refurbished pumps recently installed had leaks, so they were removed to be worked on again, Griffith said.
Craig Fizer was a visitor to the council meeting. He presented a proposal to open Craig's Car Care in a building currently operated by the city.
The council agreed to give Fizer a year's trial in the building, once the city finishes work on the exterior, and Fizer hopes to be open by springtime.
The council will meet again on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m.