During the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, Mayor Stephen Allegri had a strong message for anonymous callers and Internet posters who have incorrectly attributed a social media post to city councilman Terry Jordan.
"Our Terry has been inundated and the city has been inundated with threats and calls," he said. "Well, Terry didn't do this."
Jordan has been at the center of an Internet storm since a video and statement encouraging a "kill pit bull" day were posted on YouTube three days ago by someone using the same name.
"Do your research people, this is not the man," Allegri said. "We don't know who he is, but it is an insult to us and it's an insult to Terry, and I think the people that wrote these letters need to write letters of apology. Just because you read it on the Internet doesn't make it true. There are over 4,000 Terry Jordans in this country."
Slater's Jordan may have been incorrectly attributed to the post because of his work with developing a new animal ordinance for the city of Slater.
The city of Slater spent more than a year developing a pet ordinance. During that time they addressed the pit bull issue.
"We found out not all pit bulls are dangerous animals and that they are no more dangerous than any other dog," Allegri said. The final ordinance passed by the council was not breed specific.
"Pit bull owners, if you want to support your dogs, you should support this council because we changed a pit bull ban to a vicious dog ordinance," Allegri said.
He encouraged those responding to the Internet posts to do their research before targeting Jordan.
"People have threatened his life and they have threatened his family," Allegri said.
Jordan, who said he wasn't Internet savvy, has asked for help to dispel the rumors.
"Anyone who tweets or anybody does Facebook or YouTube, I could use some support here," he said. "I am not this person. We want to stop it. I don't want to see anybody hurt dogs or people."
After addressing this issue, Allegri moved on to a lighter topic in his report.
"On a happier note for the city of festivals, the Slater Fall Festival begins Thursday night," he said. "It's going to be a great time. The weather is going to be perfect."
He also praised those who have helped organize the festival, including Jenny Crawford.
"She does a lot of work," Allegri said. "This isn't something you put together in a week. It is a year-long project."
In more good news, Allegri commented on the city's goal to clean-up dilapidated buildings. He said one home is under construction and two more are close to being built.
"There are lots available for anybody who wants to build a house in Slater," he said. "It's part of our becoming 'the cleanest little town in Missouri.'"
In new business, Assistant Administrator Gene Griffith also addressed a public notice recently sent out to all Slater water customers.
The notice was required by the Department of Natural Resources after the average of yearly water tests concluded June 30 were slightly over maximum contaminant levels at 85.73. This exceeded the maximum contaminant level by 5.73 millionths of a gram per liter.
"This was not an emergency, it was a public notice," Griffith said. "You do not need to switch to bottled water. It's not that our water was unsafe. If it was unsafe DNR would have notified us immediately when the higher test would have come back in April."
The July 2012 test was 53.74 millionths of a gram per liter, well below limits, Griffith noted.
In a press release, Slater officials noted they will continue to work closely with DNR, Missouri Rural Water Association and the city engineering firm on taking immediate steps to deal with the issue.