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Slater council approves change of cable franchise

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Slater City Council approved the transfer of the city's cable franchise from Longview Cable to Citizen's Telephone of Higginsville during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 18 in the city office building.

Mayor Stephen Allegri said that he had spoken to the company over some of the concerns brought up at the last council meeting.

"Our concern that we had mentioned at the last meeting was whether or not they were going to still continue S-TV at no charge and they said they would do that and still be providing the city and the school with internet service - that none of that would change," he said.

He said that the company also said they had no rate increases planned, but would be doing a complete overhaul of the system and try to "get everybody eventually to digital," he said. "They didn't forsee a rate increase at this time."

In his report, Allegri clarified that starting July 1, scooters, recreational vehicles and golf carts used in town will need to pay a $10 registration fee and receive a sticker at the police department, Monday -- Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The stickers will be available through the month of July, he said, replying to questions from Councilman Terry Jordan.

"You are required to be a licensed driver and show proof of insurance," said Allegri, adding he thought it would be a "neat way" for some people to get around town.

"You can come up to festivals on your scooter or golf cart," he added.

Also during his report, Allegri announced that the Slater Blues Festival received a $1,000 grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

"We were really pleased to see because with budget cuts and everything there were some doubts whether or not we would receive that," he said, adding the Blues Festival is set for June 26.

He also noted that Slater would host a remote control airplane fly-in on June 11-12.

"That is where the engineers come in and they design their own planes and they try them out for the first time that day," explained Allegri.

The event is free and open to the public. "This isn't to be confused with the big air show they have in August (28), but this nonetheless will be interesting and a good thing to bring the kids out to," he said adding that people from as far away as Australia and England have signed up to try their planes at the fly-In in Slater.

The board also agreed to allow Air-Evac to offer a $10 discount to Slater utility customers for the service.

"This isn't an endorsement from the city, it's just simply saying yes, they can discount it $10," explained Allegri.

In new business, Allegri said the Biomass group of investors met recently and formed a board.

"They hired an attorney to put together a prospectus and then at that time they will go out into the community looking for investors," he said.

Councilman Brett Hemeyer and city administrator Gene Griffith were absent from the meeting.

The council adjourned into executive session, where no votes were taken.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at marshallag@socket.net

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