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Slater council hears about fall festival, approves engineer for water study

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Slater City Council heard a preview of the city's fall festival, scheduled for Sept. 24, 25 and 26 at its meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 15.

"It's a great time for all," Mayor Stephen Allegri said.

Council member Terry Jordan said about 100 cars will be at the car show to be held Saturday, Sept. 26. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, and it costs $20 per car.

Jordan also recommended that festival goers attend the "Hometown Heroes" mobile veterans display that will be at the festival, which he has seen before.

"It was a really classy program," he said. "It's really well executed."

Council member Cathie Jeffries said Slater ambulance personnel will be selling ice cream, cake and banana splits on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, they will sell hot dogs and other food beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Slater school homecoming parade is also scheduled for that Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Although a school bond issue in Marshall has been quite contentious, the Slater council voted unanimously to support the extension of an already existing bond issue, which will be on the November ballot. The bond will fund the building of new facilities for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes.

"I think one of our most important assets in this town is our school," Allegri said.

Council members also approved the purchase of a timer to put on the city siren, which sounds at regular times throughout the day.

The siren now serves no purpose, but it is viewed with nostalgia by many residents, council members said.

"It's kind of part of just being a small town," Allegri said.

Once county 911 operations begin, Slater will no longer employ dispatchers, and they are the ones currently operating the siren.

Earlier this year, Slater received a $10,000 grant from Department of Natural Resources to conduct a study on the city's water system. The city solicited bids from engineers interested in performing the study.

Four bids were received, and the council approved Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith's engineer recommendation.

Griffith said he wanted to have "a new set of eyes come in that really hasn't studied our system."

Hopefully, he added, a new engineer would "give us some ideas that we haven't thought of."

Council members approved Trabue Hansen & Hinshaw Inc. of Columbia for the project, though Jordan and Jeffries cast dissenting votes on the issue.

"I am loyal," Jordan said, expressing his desire to use the same engineer the city typically uses.

The council also approved two routine measures: the city's fair housing ordinance and its excessive force resolution.

In old business, the council discussed two city ordinances being formulated: one concerning pets, specifically cats, and one establishing a policy for motorized vehicles, not automobiles, on city streets.

About the former, Allegri said, "We don't have as much a cat issue as we do a people issue ... The big problem is people don't have these cats fixed."

One idea to help control the city's cat population is to make the license fee for an non-spayed or -neutered animal equal, or close to, the cost of that procedure.

A committee of council members has been working on the vehicle ordinance.

Thus far, the committee has suggested allowing scooters, gators, golf carts, etc., on city streets if certain conditions are met. Operators must be licensed drivers with insurance and a city-issued license. They must obey traffic laws, and if the mode of transportation is straddled -- as is a motorcycle or four-wheeler -- a helmet must be worn.

"I agree with the ordinance whole-heartedly other than registering," Allegri said. "I just think it's an inconvenience."

The ordinance is still being revised and would not be effective until some time in 2010.

Council members adjourned into closed session to discuss personnel and legal matters.

Other council members present at the meeting were Ruby Romine, Brownell Bryant, Harry Lightfoot, Matt Campbell and Ron Monnig.

The council's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

Contact Sydney Stonner at marshallbusiness@socket.net

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I think its funny that Allegri finds Registering an "inconvenience". Im sure it was an "inconvenience" for the multiple police agencies involved in cleaning up the accident caused by a member of his party on the fourth of July(the kid that ran the stop sign on a scooter). Maybe he should just sit back and let this ordinence be made without his input. By the way Mayor do you look around at the city's CAT problem. It doesnt matter if owners get their cats fixed. If there are still hundreds of strays running around.

-- Posted by BigPoppi on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 11:12 PM


-- Posted by BigPoppi on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 11:03 PM

How many of Slater's dispatchers are going to be employed by 911?

-- Posted by moodyblue on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 7:23 AM

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