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City of Slater in 'excellent financial condition,' Mayor Allegri says

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Although governments large and small are facing hard times, the city of Slater is in "excellent financial condition," Mayor Stephen Allegri said in his State of the City address at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 2.

In 2009, the city accomplished quite a list of things, Allegri said: sewer plant improvements, a new lawn mower for the cemetery, a new walking trail in the park, a new storm siren and continued street maintenance. Of the 27 goals council members set for 2009, 16 were completed or are in the process of being accomplished.

For the current year, Allegri said the launch of Saline County E911 Dispatch Center will save the city about $50,000. He said three new businesses will be coming to Slater's downtown as well.

"2010 is an exciting and challenging and promising year," Allegri said.

He added, "I love this town and all it has to offer. I ask all of us to help support our retailers ... supporting them is an investment in our community."

Allegri asked council members to come up with new goals for 2010 and bring them to the next council meeting.

The council also reviewed the Slater Police Department's annual report on racial profiling.

A total of 155 traffic stops were made in 2009, resulting in 56 citations and 92 warnings.

"It looks like the number of stops are down," Allegri said. "Crime is down in Slater."

Of those people stopped, 87 were male and 68 were female. The majority of people stopped were white, 137, and 16 black individuals were stopped.

In other business, Allegri said the city was awarded a grant from Missouri Department of Conservation for six new radios and 10 new pagers for the fire department.

The total cost is $5,638, and the grant will cover $2,819.

These new devices will work better with Saline County's new 911 system, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said.

Council member Ron Monnig spoke briefly to the council about a census meeting he attended.

"It's very important that our citizens in all of our communities participate in it," he said.

According to statistics from the meeting, Monnig said that, for every 100 people not counted, a community risks losing a total of $1.2 million over 10 years.

Plus, Monnig said, the census count in Missouri could impact the number of U.S. Congressmen representing the state, potentially reducing it from nine to eight.

The council adjourned into executive session to discuss legal matters.

Council members Terry Jordan, Cathie Jeffries, Ruby Romine, Brownell Bryant, Harry Lightfoot and Brett Hemeyer were also present at the meeting.

The council will meet again Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

Contact Sydney Stonner at marshallbusiness@socket.net

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One thing that I don't think was asked or brought up was how did the Glasgow bridge being closed last year affect the police departments traffic stops?

The ferry stopped running at 6pm so I imagine that cut down on traffic on 240 going through Slater.

-- Posted by Concerned007 on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 1:49 AM

Its funny that all this argument has come from a traffic stop statistic. First off, those of you who think that the city's crime rate is judged only by how many traffic stops are performed, are kidding yoursevles. The racial profiling report only speaks of traffic stops not all crime in the city. So, the Mayor's comment about crime being down just because traffic was down is kinda stupid. And for those that are saying the traffic stops being down is pitiful.... I seem to remember this time last year several people complaining that all the police in Slater do is stop people, Harrass them, run the plates of everyone in town. Man you people arent happy unless your complaining. And for whyus....I hate to tell you this but the Chief of Police has a lot to do. His job is administrative. He has more to do than patrol the streets just so you can see his car leave. The day time, when "most" people are at work and activity in the city is down, is a good time for him to be at the station getting the stuff he needs to do done. I agree with the others. Slater is a cool little town and it takes the employees they have to keep it that way.

-- Posted by BigPoppi on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 1:45 AM

I don't live in Slater but a quick comment on the racial profiling stats.....155 traffic stops for a full time police department in an entire year is pitiful. Thats less then one stop every TWO days. Thats just down right strange.

-- Posted by moodyblue on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 1:06 AM

whyus- It is people like you that give the City of Slater a bad name. Sitting at home on your computer complaining about everything that you think is wrong! Why not get out of your hole and try to make a difference in the town? I'm sure that the employees you mention would love to know that you think they shouldn't have a job! As for the sign I agree with redtruckrider it is different than any you'll see around here and I do miss the big Orange "SLATER" but it looks great hanging on the Depot! We are pretty lucky compared to some towns, we have a good school system with atheletic, music and academic programs for our kids, a big corporation with two businesses providing jobs for our townspeople, our City of Festivals draws great crowds that bring money into our town, etc., etc., etc. Why can't you look for some good in the community instead of trying to bring it down!

I'm not wanting to get into a big mud slinging contest here, but if you are so miserable there are roads leading out of town, pick one!

-- Posted by Steelmagnolia on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 10:03 PM

redtruckrider....your little narrative shows how little knowledge you really have about the town. The police department has only TWO actual patrol vehicles...the third one is a PDCH which means it can be used by city hall or the p.d. but it is so wore out it is not safe enough as an actual patrol vehicle. Also the "road officer's" have one of the remaining two vehicles, and they work the evening and night shift, except on the days the illustrious chief does not come into the office then they have to cover that, and the chief has the number 1 vehicle which sits at the p.d. all day except at eatin time which it then sits at his house. So get your facts in line before you try to impress people with your LACK of knowledge. I agree it takes time to grow but that is all this town has had for decades and look at it. Evidence shows it is not time but new blood all the way around running the city is what it is going to need to grow....not the same old back slappin family members! Now for the utilities....the city signs the contract but ask them what they pay per kilowatt hour from kcpl and then ask them what they charge each customer per kilowatt (hhhmmmmm lots of profit to pay unnecessary salaries).....(good luck if they will actually give you that information it might just rock the boat for citizens to actually know the truth). If you are not totally blind look around....just how many people does it take to sit in city hall all day....two people could do the entire job.....think of the savings to the citizens. Slater has more employees now than in the past and the town is decreasing in size and population, not to mention jobs and affordable living. You should really get out and about....you know some trees actually do have limbs that branch off....

-- Posted by whyus on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 2:58 PM

Hey Whyus, I think you should jump back in your car/Bike/Whatever you travel around town with and take a cruise by the police station, don't worry you won't have to take your shoes off for this math problem. It appears to me that they have 3 cars. When you see a car there all day, well thats a good thing! They have one, sometimes 2 officers on duty so that would leave one car to sit. I'm sure when someone is throwing rocks at your house the PD isn't doing their jobs, but when you roll through a stop sign and get a come up town on monday night invite then they suck too. The sign is pretty cool to have something no other town has. I have to admit that I was a big fan of the old Orange Neon sign. Its nice to drive up Main at night and still see its glow at the south end. Now I'm sure your going to accuse me of being a family member/worker of the city and all that. Just another citizen here thinking our town is looking up! Some changes take time, others are great. Also maybe the PD and other departments don't live up to what some people think their tax dollars are worth, I'm sure these people aren't going to get the opertunity to evaluate you at your job, hoping you have one. I almost forgot to touch on the utilities. For one KCPL makes the city sign a contract for your power, so they can't really regulate the power, Most people like the idea of sewer water in their house going somewhere other then the floor, Also the mayor touched that the city doesn't get enough money on Water and Sewer to get most grants they fill out at the last meeting. One final thing before you cramp your fingers, who ever compared Slater to Chicago? You should check out the cost of living there

-- Posted by RedTruckRider on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 9:33 AM

prd123...sounds like you are one of the family members or workers who suck the money from the citizens of slater. Also I have my facts correct and if you want facts Marshall has several police cars which rotate during shifts....Slater has one WHICH SITS AT THE POLICE STATION ALL DAY!!!!

Facts are Slater is abusing it's citizens and power by the ELECTED city officials misusing city funds for their idealistic ideas!

-- Posted by whyus on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 9:05 AM

Whyus- you seem to think you know a lot about the city, however not all of your facts are true. Maybe you're some of the dead weight they need to get rid of, if all you have time to do during the day is see how many employees they have working around town (some of whom have been there for years), and that the police cars don't leave the station, funny I am in Marshall and have to drive by the station here every day, and not once have I ever seen less than 5-6 cars DURING THE DAY. Are you stalking the police station and the city employees?? Stop complaining and get a life...if you're that miserable there, leave!

Hats off to Slater- I think they have done an excellent job cleaning up the town and the sign looks great!

-- Posted by prd123 on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 8:37 AM

ya, I'd so it's more accurate to say enforcement is down. I believe two Slater residents were recently arrested in Marshall for methamphetamine possession, but I'm sure they don't take it home with them. 'Doc' Allegri now has the police force he's always wanted. Congratulations!

-- Posted by MHCFAN on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 9:55 PM

Why doesn't the Mayor be honest and tell the real story....they spent $40,000 dollars on a new sign for the city, to impress people (what a joke) and then turn around and raise the cost of utilities. if the city really wanted to help the citizens they should do like the rest of the nation and get rid of all the "dead weight" drawing money such as employees of the city who do nothing. The city could save thousands each year by combining jobs and responsibilities for fewer employees instead of making sure their friends, family members all have jobs at the expense of the average citizen. I mean lets face it Slater is not exactly Chicago where they need an abundance of city employees. Also why would the Mayor claim crime is down...maybe they would have true statistics if the police cars ever left the station, especially during the day!

-- Posted by whyus on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 9:44 PM

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