Slater is known as the "city of festivals," for its numerous events. And now it has added a new title. "Slater is fast becoming known as 'The Plaza of Mid-Missouri,'" said Mayor Stephen Allegri during the City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 19, referring to the regionally famous holiday lights display at The Plaza shopping area in Kansas City. "The whole town looked great last year."
This year, the Slater Chamber of Commerce and the city are upping the ante, Allegri said, adding more lights, more businesses and planning a bigger festival.
The lighting ceremony and festivities, including a turkey giveaway, a visit from Santa Claus, drawings for gifts and other holiday activities, will take place the afternoon and evening before Thanksgiving.
He said plans are being made to organize a crew of volunteers to help senior citizens put up -- and later take down -- Christmas lights.
"Everybody is encouraged to put up lights," he said. "Slater is going to light up Saline County."
In other business, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith announced that tree trimming would begin the first week of November.
The annual effort to cut back on tree limbs near power lines is designed to reduce the chances of downed lines from ice or heavy snows.
Griffith advised residents who don't wish to have the city trim their trees to contact city officials to make arrangements.
He also noted that he's had residents inquire about having city crews remove whole trees. He said that might be possible if the tree is in the power lines.
The council also accepted the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to grant a zoning variance allowing a property owner to build a 30-foot by 40-foot garage on a lot at 429 W. Maple St.
Griffith said a public hearing was held Tuesday at 5 p.m. with four people in attendance. One or two people expressed concerns -- mainly hoping the building would be properly maintained -- but no one lodged an objection to the variance, he said.
In addition to Allegri, council members Brownell Bryant, Terry Jordan, Harry Lightfoot and Ruby Romine were present.
The next regular meeting of the council will be Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.
More information to follow.