Slater City Council anticipates pending pet ordinance

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri reminded council members of the upcoming animal ordinance hearing at the regular Nov. 1 city council meeting.

The pending ordinance addresses a variety of animal related issues such as the feeding of stray cats, how many pets a Slater resident may own and regulations for dangerous dogs. Residents may voice their opinions at the hearing on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Copies of the ordinance as well as a questionnaire are available for a small fee at Slater City Hall and online free of charge at marshallnews.com.

"We want (to hear) pros and cons, and everyone needs to come," Allegri said. "... We really need to hear from both sides."

Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith announced the city has begun trimming trees that are potentially detrimental to power lines.

"We are hitting the trees hard right now," he said.

Allegri advised anyone concerned about the aesthetic look of their foliage to contact someone else to trim hazardous trees.

"We're not about beauty," he said. "We're about saving the power."

Other business included the council's unanimous approval of the purchase of new computers for City Hall and a new vehicle.

Four new computers and a new server will cost $6,442. The car, a 2009 Crown Victoria from Missouri State Highway Patrol, will cost $16,350. The Missouri State Highway Patrol will remove its radio but will leave most of the other gadgets such as the siren, control box and light bar for $1,600.

"You can't even buy the light bar for $1,600, so we think that's a pretty good deal," Griffith said.

The council also unanimously approved an ordinance for the conveyance of real estate, so David and Hazel Moore can open a full-service salon on Main Street.

The Mayor reminded the council the Santa Train will stop in Slater on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. The annual Christmas Lighting will be on Nov. 23 at 6 p.m.

"It'll be the Plaza of Saline County," Allegri said.

Councilmen Harry Lightfoot, Cathie Jefferies, Ron Monnig and Terry Jordan were present. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Nov. 15.

Contact Maggie Menderski at mmenderski@marshallnews.com

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