The city of Slater has applied for a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Jan. 19.
The grant is through the Energize Missouri program, which provides funds for projects focusing on reducing energy consumption. The city's proposal is to attach variable frequency drives on the sewer plant's rotors, which will be more energy efficient.
The project is expected to cost $35,000, and the city would pay $10,000 of that if it receives the grant.
"Hopefully we'll be awarded," Griffith said.
In his report, Mayor Stephen Allegri also mentioned Slater's water and sewer systems.
He said that many times when the city applies for project grants, it is ineligible for them because rates are too low.
In Slater, the rates are 0.8 percent of the median household income, yet they must be 2 percent to qualify for many grants.
"We are, for our sized community, quite a bit less than communities around us," he said. "I just didn't want people to think we weren't trying to get grants."
He added, "Eventually, something will have to be addressed."
Allegri also said that the city will likely be creating an ice skating rink at the end of Main Street, in the space formerly occupied by a bowling alley. A small dam needs to be created, and then water would be poured in.
"It's something for the kids to do," he said. "I've already bought my skates."
Three Slater citizens attended the city council meeting to express their feelings about the city's proposed animal ordinance.
Connie Holt presented council members with the signatures of 180 Slater citizens who are against an ordinance requiring cats to wear collars and/or leashes.
Glenn and Patricia Thomas were also present.
"There've been a lot of rumors spread about what you all are going to do with the cats," Glenn said.
Allegri noted that the ordinance is not yet written, so most everything being said is rumor.
"The ordinance is still in the works," he said. "Everything else is just hearsay."
He added, "The number one thing is, if we had responsible pet owners, we wouldn't have a pet problem."
In other business, Allegri said all council members up for reelection in April -- Harry Lightfoot, Ruby Romine, Brett Hemeyer and Cathie Jeffries -- have filed as candidates, and he has filed as a mayoral candidate. Frank Dolezal has also filed as a candidate in Ward 3, challenging Hemeyer.
The council briefly discussed Steve McQueen Days, which is scheduled for the weekend of April 24.
"We do need volunteers to help," Allegri said. "We do all these festivals -- it's kind of like the same people doing it year after year."
Council members Terry Jordan, Jeffries, Romine, Brownell Bryant, Lightfoot, Matt Campbell and Hemeyer were present at the meeting.
The council will meet again Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.