Mayor Stephen Allegri brought to the council's attention at the Slater Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, that the Slater Foodlane will be closing.
Allegri said he feels confident Slater will have another store in 30 days, and that there has been interest in the store already.
"I can assure the citizens of Slater that we will have a grocery store," he said.
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith spoke about the water plant, and the council discussed fluoride in the water.
Fluoride is currently added to the water at the water plant. This treatment was started before fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes were available, according to Allegri and city attorney Pat Cronan.
The council plans to hold public hearings to get the input of the citizens of Slater and dentists about the health benefits or complications caused by fluoride. The hearings would be to decide if fluoride should no longer be added to the water.
Filing dates for council seats are set for Dec. 11 through Jan. 15. Matt Campbell, Terry Jordan, Brownell Bryant and Ron Monnig's terms are coming to a close.
The mayor's report stated that 51 turkeys were given away at the Turkey Giveaway and Slater Plaza lighting at the end of November.
"Santa Clause, in leu of a fee, always asks that we give a donation to the charity of our choice and we chose ... the Slater Ministerial Alliance and the Slater Food Pantry this year," Allegri said.
The last meeting of the year will be Dec. 27. The flood plain map hearing will be at 6:45 p.m. and the council meeting will start at 7 p.m.
"This time of year we kind of go through inventory and stock up on stuff we've used here and there," Griffith said.
The council reviewed some quotes for water and electric supplies and bids were accepted to purchase the needed materials.
Griffith also noted the work to the sidewalk on Front Street.
"We're going hog wild on Front Street getting the sidewalks poured," he said, adding they were taking advantage of the weather the past few days.
Minutes from the Nov. 20, meeting were read and approved. Council members Terry Jordan, Cathie Jeffries, Jake Brumit, Brownell Bryant, Harry Lightfoot, Ron Monnig and Brett Hemeyer were in attendance. Assistant Administrator Gene Griffith, City Attorney Pat Cronan, Mayor Stephen Allegri and City Clerk Kris Gochehour were also in attendance.
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