City of Slater continues cleanup, destroys hatchery

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This rubble is all that remains of the old chicken hatchery that once stood behind Slater City Hall. The building was bulldozed on Tuesday, Sept. 4. (Maggie Menderski/Democrat-News)

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.

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  • Does the library and the building being torn down share a wall? If so, are they taking precautions of shoring it up so it does not crumble without the support of the building next to it. As for a green space, possibly set it up as a simple garden with tables for the people who utilize the library to use. They can sit outside in nice weather and read.

    -- Posted by landreth on Tue, Sep 4, 2012, at 9:30 PM
  • Somehow, I think I should be crying fowl, but I am too chicken.

    Cleaning the place up is better than it being cooped up forever, but Allegri shouldn't have thrown the book at it.

    This project better not lay an egg, or it won't be all the city planners think it's cracked up to be. However, I don't think this is a shell game.

    What did they pay the people to tear the place down? I hope it wasn't chicken feed and that they can use the money to feather their nests.

    This reminds me of one time I asked a waitress how they prepare their chickens. She told me they just tell them that they are going to die.

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Tue, Sep 4, 2012, at 9:51 PM
  • Also, the caption in the picture said 'old' chicken hatchery. Unless these chickens were from Ork, it should be a young chicken hatchery.

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Tue, Sep 4, 2012, at 9:53 PM
  • On a more serious note: what has been done to clean up old spores that can cause histoplasmosis? I would not want to be the first to walk on that old ground if it has not been checked by an authority on the disease and it's epidemiology.

    "The organism is found throughout the world and grows in soil that has been enriched with bat or bird droppings or in bat droppings themselves, for example, around old chicken houses, in caves and other areas harboring bats, and around starling and blackbird roosts. The fungus produces spores that can become airborne if the soil is disturbed. Inhalation of these spores may cause infection. The disease is not acquired through person-to-person transmission, nor is it acquired from animals that have the disease."

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Tue, Sep 4, 2012, at 10:08 PM
  • The girls next door watched the demolition after school. They expressed concern about the building's inhabitant - a mother raccoon with babies - they said.

    -- Posted by former editor on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 5:08 AM
  • Good for you Slater for tearing the hatchery down. But did you ever think you could have turned it into housing for the elderly? Nothing wrong with moving forward. Other towns should take notice.

    -- Posted by Pasta on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 11:26 AM
  • Not being disrespectful- but I am sure Slater considers all possibilities before tearing anything down. This aint their first Rodeo...just sayin. Also- they're not going to tear a building down with out taking proper precautions first.

    -- Posted by mizufan12 on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 11:36 AM
  • All i know is i wish Marshall would tear down some more buildings! If it's historical and foundationally strong and can be used, than ok force the tennants to keep the outside clean at least. But if it's not going to be kept clean than call in the bulldozers!!!

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 3:46 PM
  • Well done Slater and Slater city council- You are a great example of what Marshall should be doing.

    -- Posted by mommaofthree on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 4:27 PM
  • Yes, that junk yard in south Slater is what Marshall ought to be doing too, I assume?

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 5:46 PM
  • My point is that even though Slater and Mayor Allegri are progressive and work hard for their town; they aren't in control of everything.

    Neither is Marshall's mayor or council. I'd bet though, if you checked it out, Marshall has torn down more houses in the past 2 years than in any 2 years previously.

    Let's hope the city coffers swell with money, so Marshall blooms and grows. Until then, the streets are good, the town is solid finacially and we are all lucky to live in mid-Missouri where the cost of living is far below most of the rest of the US.

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 6:12 PM
  • More green space? That's all Slater is going to be at this rate, ALL GREEN Space!. I know somebody who was interested in buying this building and fixing it up, but once the city's mind is made up, once they have a buiding in their grasp, it HAS TO come down. It's sad so much history is just being bulldozed. Yes, we really need MORE green space. Slater, the city of vacant lots, not the city of festivals!!

    -- Posted by packardman on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 9:24 PM
  • Maybe, our animal control people should be catching all the racoons roaming the streets as well as the feral cats! A few years ago I lost my entire garden of corn to a varmit! As far as the cats, I am so tired of the cats using my out buildings for their cat box and spreading my trash all over. Can't wait for those new pet laws to take effect.

    -- Posted by packardman on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 9:28 PM
  • Having looked at the buildings in Slater that are being taken down, they are financially beyond repair - or the city would take them over and offer them to someone who would repair and use them. Slater did this with one house that had potential. Buildings and houses require maintenance. Without maintenance, things deteriorate over time. That's a major reason why the old hospital in Marshall needs a new purpose or it will eventually have to be removed.

    -- Posted by former editor on Thu, Sep 6, 2012, at 7:16 AM
  • As far as Histoplasmosis goes,I know someone that lives 2 blocks from the old Ice/Coal building that the city had torn down about 6 years ago,and they didn't even tell anyone they were going to tear it down. My friend left their windows open all night, and the next morning got up to dust one forth inch thick all over inside their house. They breathed dust,bird poop,bat poop, mold spores,concrete dust,brick dust,ect.,ect. and ended up in the hospital with Pneumonia. The dust clouds (when they tear the buildings down)don't just stay where the building is!! They COULD let people know when they're going to do this and maybe tell them to wear a mask and shut their windows!

    -- Posted by mosthonest1 on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 10:26 AM
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