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Grant application for new storm sewers discussed by Slater City Council

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith, right center, swears in council members Terry Jordan and Matt Campbell at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, April 21. Council members Cathie Jeffries, far left, and Harry Lightfoot, far right, are also pictured.
(Sydney Stonner/Democrat-News)
The Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, April 21, began with a public hearing about the city's application for a community development block grant to partially fund new storm sewers and curbing in the southeast part of Slater. No citizens were present at the hearing, but Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith outlined the process.

The storm sewer project will cost about $671,360, he said, and the city could receive up to $320,000 in grant money. This is not a new project either, Griffith said. Beginning in the late 1970s, the city applied for and used grant money to build infrastructure in that part of Slater.

"This would complete a 28-year-old project," Griffith said.

In action items, the council approved measures dealing with the community development block grant. A resolution was approved authorizing Mayor Stephen Allegri to sign grant- and funding-related documents.

The council also passed two ordinances: one defining fair housing practices in Slater, the other defining excessive force.

In other business, the council certified the April 7 election results, and re-elected council members Terry Jordan and Matt Campbell took the oath of office.

In his report, Mayor Allegri reminded the council about upcoming events in the city of festivals. The Glass Menagerie Glass Artist Convention is taking place later this week, from April 23-25 at Nigel's Glass Shop, he said.

Slater's citywide garage sale will be held Saturday, May 2, and this year people may choose to sell their items from booths on Main Street, rather than at their houses.

"It'll be kind of neat, like a big flea market," Allegri said.

The Slater Bear Creek Blues Festival is scheduled for June 27. Griffith reported that the city did receive $990 for the event from an arts council grant, after previously being told the funds were denied.

"It doesn't take long to spend a thousand bucks," but receiving the grant beats fundraising and asking for donations, Griffith said.

Council members also issued a liquor license for the festival.

The council approved a proclamation from Freedom of Road Riders, declaring May "Motorcycle Awareness Month." Griffith said bikers from this organization will be in Slater Saturday, April 25, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.

After hearing a presentation about several different options, the council opted to renew the city's contract, with a few modifications, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City for health insurance for city employees.

By raising the patient deductible to $2,000 from $1,000, the city will save about $14,000 over the course of the year. Employees will no longer have co-pays for office visits. Instead, the first $300-worth of visits will be covered by Blue Cross, and an additional $200 in visits will be paid by the city.

Other council members present at the meeting were Rex Cantlin, Harry Lightfoot, Cathie Jeffries and Ruby Romine. The council's next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday evening, May 5, at 7 p.m.

Contact Sydney Stonner at marshallbusiness@socket.net

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