The Slater City Council met Tuesday, March 17, to discuss upcoming events in the town.
Steve McQueen Days are March 27 and 28, and a tentative schedule has been published. Events on Friday begin at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday is a day full of activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The council noted that most of the events are free, which is attractive to people in tough economic times.
"The city of festivals takes pride in these events," Mayor Stephen Allegri said. "We look forward to seeing everybody there."
World League Wrestling is bringing wrestlers to Slater School on April 18. The event is "geared for the kids and young at heart," Allegri said.
Allegri also reported that the city's glass festival, which began last year, is returning April 23-26. Artists will be demonstrating their techniques as well as selling their works at Nigel's Glass Shop on Main Street, he said.
Tornado season is approaching, and Allegri said Slater's warning sirens were tested March 17.
One siren was not working properly but is being fixed. Allegri read the city's tornado protocol, which states that sirens will sound for three minutes at the beginning and end of a warning, not the entire time. Slater's First Baptist Church will be open as a tornado shelter.
Allegri cautioned against relying completely on the city's sirens.
"These are meant to warn people outside," he said, and they "won't necessarily be heard in the house."
Two more improvements to the city of Slater are progressing well, Allegri said. The city received a grant for $6,480 from the Solid Waste District Region F, which will be used to install 12 benches made of recycled materials on Slater's Main Street.
Within a couple of weeks, there will be a pre-construction meeting about the city's new walking trail, Allegri said.
Construction should begin in the next six weeks, he said.
The council had no old business to cover, but in new business, City Attorney Pat Cronan discussed the changes to the city's Sunshine Law ordinance.
The ordinance names the city clerk, Gene Griffith, as the custodian of public records.
All electronic correspondence between council members and/or Mayor Allegri should also be sent to Griffith to be stored as public data.
Any correspondence that involves five council members or more is considered a meeting and should be avoided, as meetings are supposed to be announced in advance and open to the public.
The council approved the ordinance.
Council members Rex Cantlin, Ron Monnig, Harry Lightfoot, Ruby Romine, Cathy Jeffries and Terry Jordan were present. The council's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m.