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Slater council discusses city policies, maintenance and events

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith administers the oath of office to Slater City Council members Brownell Bryant, left, and Ron Monnig at the council meeting Tuesday, May 5. Also pictured are Mayor Stephen Allegri, Harry LIghtfoot, Matt Campbell and Rex Cantlin.
(Sydney Stonner/Democrat-News)
City policies and maintenance were the main topics of discussion at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, May 5.

In his report, Mayor Stephen Allegri reminded Slater residents that grass is not allowed in city streets and gutters because it can cause problems with drainage.

He said 52 letters have been mailed to citizens with tall grass and noted that tickets can be issued for this offense.

"Now's the time to get the grass mowed," Allegri said.

He also informed townspeople that dog tags must be purchased from the city by May 10, and business licenses expire on May 31.

Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith told the council about an incentive for Slater residents to repair their sidewalks. The city will reimburse up to $300 of the cost of fixing the sidewalk outside a person's home.

Allegri reported on the city's walking trail, which is being built in the park.

"I think it's a tremendous addition to our park," he said, adding that recently he had walked on the trail, though it is not yet finished.

Griffith gave an update on the city's water plant, for which new valves have arrived and will soon be installed. The project is under budget because the work has been done in pieces, Griffith said.

"What we've done all seems to be working well," he added.

Also at the meeting, the council approved the purchase of flame-retardant clothing for the city's electrical workers, per new regulations.

The garments--a shirt, a pair of jeans and a pair of coveralls--will be purchased from Schulte Supply for approximately $1,000 per set.

Allegri also reported on recent city events. Both the glass convention and the citywide garage sale went well, he said.

About the latter, he said, "It was a fun day. The weather turned out great."

Allegri acknowledged the recent bomb scare in Slater and said he thought the situation was managed well.

"I wanted to commend and thank all the Slater Police" and other organizations involved, he said. "I think they all did a great job in handling it."

Griffith reported on an upcoming event in Slater: the Bear Creek Blues Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, from 3 p.m. to midnight.

All council members were present at the meeting. Slater City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

Contact Sydney Stonner at marshallbusiness@socket.net



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