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Sweet Springs approves budget, appoints temporary attorney

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the 2012 budget during a special meeting on Wednesday, March 28.

"There's not a whole lot of change from last year, really," said Sweet Springs Mayor Raymond Kinney.

Alderwoman Michelle Schlichting motioned to approve the budget, and Alderman Eric Radar seconded it.

Other business included a brief appearance from Joe McLiney of McLiney and Company. He approached the council to further discuss the April 3 lagoon bond issue.

Sweet Springs does not need permission from the community to seek money, according to McLiney. However if the bond issue passes, it will provide more opportunities for the community to obtain assistance.

"If you don't vote bonds you have no opportunity in grants, you have no opportunities in low-interest rate loans and you have no opportunity at these state or federal programs, but you'll still be forced to do the project on your own at a higher interest cost," McLiney said.

McLiney reminded the council the Department of Natural Resources could fine the town $10,000 a day, if Sweet Springs postpones the project.

The aldermen also accepted City Attorney James Barton's resignation and appointed Ed McInteer as the temporary attorney. McInteer will serve for one month while the council interviews potential attorneys.

Barton's resignation is connected to the recent two-year suspension of his license to practice law.

The Missouri Supreme Court issued findings that Barton had knowingly mishandled client property.

All aldermen were present.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, April 10.


Missouri Supreme Court No. SC92102


Eric Crump contributed information to this story.

Missouri Supreme Court No. SC92102

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