At their meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, Slater City Council members approved the purchase of a new lawn mower for the city cemetery.
It will cost about $10,000 for the zero turn, rear discharge mower. The older mower will then be transferred to the water plant.
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said for the past several years the city has tried to purchase a new lawn mower at least every other year because there are 18 acres to mow at the cemetery. Last year one new mower was purchased, and the older one was sent to the wastewater plant.
In his financial report, Griffith said January revenue was $124,000, compared to $137,000 in 2009. He said expenses for the month are up about $7,000 as well.
"Still, we're in good shape," he said. "More tax money will come in."
Griffith also reported on Steve McQueen Days, which will be held the weekend of April 24. He said actresses Sharon Farrell and Chris Noel are scheduled to come, as well as Pat Johnson.
In other business, council member Cathie Jeffries spoke about the launch of the Saline County E911 system on Tuesday.
"There's still a little tweaking that needs to be done," she said. "We were pleased; things went well."
Mayor Stephen Allegri said, "A lot of work went into that. You guys did a good job."
Allegri reminded Slater residents that positions on the 911 Commission are up for election in April and that Slater should be represented.
Council members Terry Jordan, Ruby Romine, Harry Lightfoot, Ron Monnig and Brett Hemeyer were also present at the meeting.
The council will meet again Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.