At the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20, Mayor Stephen Allegri gave the "State of the City" address to all present.
The mayor reported that five more houses were demolished in 2008 and that streets were being well maintained in efforts to clean up the city.
"Slater is on its way to becoming one of the cleanest little towns in the state," Allegri said.
Allegri also reminded the community of infrastructure work at the water and wastewater plants, but said the city still maintains $1 million in reserves.
In other business, the council approved a temporary liquor license for a wine tasting at the Grapevine restaurant on Steve McQueen Day, March 28. Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said that plans for the day are going well, but food vendors are still needed.
Griffith also reported that work at the water plant Jan. 5 through Jan. 12 was successful. While work was being done on the clarifier, the plant operated at reduced production, which didn't seem to affect the city, Griffith said.
The council also approved personnel for the Slater Library Board and Slater Fire Department.
Sharon Caulfield and Sharon Phifer were appointed to the former. Levi Dennis was approved as assistant fire chief, Ted Wiseman as captain and Troy Goff, Brian Clark and Donald Fizer as firemen.
Council member Ron Monnig reminded the council of a legislative conference in Jefferson City on Feb. 18 and 19. Monnig was also a member of Gov. Jay Nixon's transition team, Council member Terry Jordan said.
The council adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel and legal matters.
The council's next meeting will be Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.