Decrease in Slater population may be due to nuisance housing: city preps for Steve McQueen Day
The population of the City of Slater decreased by approximately 273 people since the last census and, according to Mayor Stephen Allegri, much of that may be due to the decrease in housing.
During the council's meeting Tuesday, March 1, Allegri said more than 100 structures have been torn down in that time in addition to an apartment complex closing. Allegri mentioned that some of the houses may have attracted transient people who had been in Slater at the time of the last census.
He did reiterate that the decrease in population wasn't necessarily negative.
"We had three Habitat (for Humanity) houses built and several others," he said, adding that the city did see an increase in sales tax.
Attracting businesses may have had an effect on sales tax and was also on the council's list of goals to accomplish last year. Out of 15 goals for 2010, the council accomplished 10 including developing the Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic, which is slated to open for business March 14. A formal opening will be scheduled for a later date.
Additional goals were updating the city's website, which will be done within the next week, E911 implementation, continuing to market the city and the sidewalk project, in which the city reimburses residents $4 per square foot of sidewalk that they redo. So far four residents have taken advantage of the project.
Council members also briefly discussed Steve McQueen Day, scheduled April 30. The event will take place on Main Street and, so far, includes a car show and traveling display. Additionally, a Monster truck will offer rides from Main Street to McQueen's uncle's home. It can haul approximately 10 people and is certified and insured.
Council members approved a liquor license for a beer booth that will be set up for the event.
In other news, the city hired Chuck Mitchell as a part-time employee to mow the park grounds. The city also wrote a $1,000 grant to Missouri Arts Council to garner more support for the Bear Creek Blues Festival.
Councilman Ron Monnig attended an MML conference Feb. 16-17 and updated the council on some issues that could affect municipalities including billboard signage, eminent domain and discussions of restricting traffic light cameras, among others. Monnig reiterated that not everything introduced in the legislator would affect Slater.
Mayor Stephen Allegri, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith, and council members Terry Jordan, Cathie Jeffries, Delores Reeves, Brownell Bryant, Harry Lightfoot and Ron Monnig were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.
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