The Slater City Council passed an ordinance to raise electric rates and has set filing dates for those interested in being part of the council.
Electric rates will be raised to .1099 cents per kilowatt from .1012 cents per kilowatt effective Jan. 1, 2013, due to Kansas City Power and Light raising its' rates.
"Our increase is not quite (as high as Kansas City Power and Light) because we're only increasing our rate enough to cover what Kansas City Power and Light is charging us," Pat Cronan, city attorney, said.
An ordinance to encourage citizens to produce their own electricity was also passed.
"There is a Missouri Statute that requires us to purchase electricity from our customers if our customers want to put in a solar or wind power generating facility," Cronan said.
According to Cronan, the ordinance is the city's way of recognizing the statute and letting the citizens know the procedure if they would choose to create their own power.
Filing dates for those interested in becoming part of the city council are Dec. 11, 2012, through Jan. 15, 2013. Terms coming to an end are Brownell Bryant, Terry Jordan, Matt Cambell and Ron Monnig.
The Turkey Give-a-Way and Christmas lighting will be Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m.
"If you haven't been here it's really a site to see," Mayor Stephen Allegri said. "We've got really beautiful lights all through town, the city park. We've got banners down broadway. Santa Clause will be here at 6 o'clock to flip the switch. From there he is going to go to Sister's Video where they'll have some cookies and different treats for the kids, and they can sit there and give Santa their wish list."
Allegri went on to say they had a record number of turkeys this year and the event is sponsored by the Slater Chamber and the City of Slater.
Thursday, Dec. 27, will be the last meeting of the year to finish the business for the year.
GE Energy will have a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the facility from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30.
"This is a big thing for Slater," the mayor said. "It's like having a whole new company come to town ... We're really excited about it."
The City of Slater is working with the USDA, Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II and local banks to help provide quality homes for working families with no down payment if they have good credit and can show they can make the house payments.
"I think it's a great opportunity for people looking to get into a new home," Allegri said.
The Flood Plain Map hearing will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.
The council approved the paying of bills and a revised 2012 budget to end the year.
Terry Jordan, Cathie Jeffries, Jake Brumit, Harry Lightfoot, Matt Cambell, Ron Monnig and Brett Hemeyer were the council members in attendance along with Mayor Stephen Allegri; Pat Cronan, city attorney; Gene Griffith, assistant administrator, and Kris Gochenour, clerk.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
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