City of Slater continues cleanup, destroys hatchery
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri lamented a lost piece of the town's history during the city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The former chicken hatchery behind city hall became the most recent building to crumble under Slater's clean-up initiative.
Allegri said townspeople had been sharing memories of the hatchery for most of the day.
The mayor noted the misfortune that such a locally historic building had fallen into disrepair.
"Because of neglect and age, we had to tear it down," he said.
This week, the city also intends to knock down the building adjacent to the library. Consequently, the Slater Public Library will be closed for the remainder of the week.
Allegri asked the council to contribute ideas for productive uses of that space. Because the plot sits so close to the entrance of downtown, he said he hopes it can be used for a green space or something similar.
"We're trying to become one of the cleanest little towns in Missouri," Allegri said.
He also reminded the council of the upcoming Slater Fall Festival during the weekend of Sept. 21.
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith announced this year Slater has invited comedians to the festival's beer garden on Friday, Sept. 21.
Additionally, the festival will host a band on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Griffith said children can look forward to a hula-hoop contest, finding coins in a haystack and the Mr. and Miss Slater pageant.
"It's a great time," Allegri said. "Very few towns are able to put (something like this) on."
Other business included the unanimous approval of the new tax rate, which is $1.2032 per $100 assessed valuation.
Councilman Ron Monnig urged the mayor to send a letter to the governor regarding Missouri's use tax.
He said Slater should support the tax because it would replace the local sales tax that is lost when a consumer purchases goods and materials from outside Missouri boundaries. Allegri agreed to write a letter.
Council members Monnig, Harry Lightfoot, Brownell Bryant, Cathie Jefferies and Terry Jordan were present. The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.