Slater council discusses vehicle, animal ordinances

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The city of Slater continues to develop motorized vehicle and animal ordinances, which city council members discussed at their meeting Tuesday evening, Nov. 17.

Members reviewed a preliminary ordinance outlining what moving devices will be allowed on city streets. Muscle-powered devices, such as skate boards or bicycles; muscle-augmented devices, such as electric bicycles; and powered devices, such as motorized bicycles, all-terrain vehicles and golf carts, are all allowed.

The current ordinance states that powered devices must be registered with the city, at a cost of $10, and be insured. Those operating the devices must be licensed drivers.

Mayor Stephen Allegri voiced his concerns with the ordinance.

"My only objection to any of it is the registration," he said. "I just think it's an unnecessary burden."

City Attorney Pat Cronan offered a different view and said, "I don't think people will buy the insurance unless they have to prove they have it."

The council tabled the ordinance and will vote on it at its next meeting.

About the animal ordinance, Allegri said he has received feedback from several citizens, mostly those in favor of animals.

But, council member Terry Jordan said, "There's a few in town that are not taking responsibility for their animals."

Allegri welcomed further comments from Slater residents.

In his report, Mayor Allegri mentioned upcoming events in Slater.

The Christmas tree lighting and turkey giveaway is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. The city will host Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 5. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Santa train will be in Slater at 4 p.m.

Election filing dates were also announced at the council meeting. Citizens interested in running for office can sign up from Tuesday, Dec. 15, through Monday, Jan 18.

Council members Cathie Jeffries, Ruby Romine, Brownell Bryant, Harry Lightfoot, Ron Monnig and Brett Heymeyer were also present at the meeting.

The Slater council will meet again Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

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  • How can the City of Slater require what the state of MO. does not. You need to make sure that you are not creating problems that do not need to be. You do not according to State Law have to have a driver's license to ride a 50 cc or lower scooter or bike. Stop letting the busy bodies who gripe about everything run everything.

    -- Posted by auntmeme3401 on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 10:56 AM
  • Well lets see, you do have to have a valid driver's license to operate a 49.5cc(Under 50cc, get it right) motor vehicle. Why would the people of Slater want a bunch of ATV's running around with either children or people who have had their driver's license revoked or suspended for whatever reason driving around with no insurance. Home owners insurance will not cover an accident. There will be major problems with ATV's and scooters running around Slater. What ATV'S are UNDER 50 cc, they are well above and can actually get to 750 cc or higher. This is the stupidist thing Slater has ever tried to do and I want to know if the Chief of Police is on board with this or not.

    -- Posted by moodyblue on Thu, Nov 19, 2009, at 12:38 AM
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