Decrease in Slater population may be due to nuisance housing: city preps for Steve McQueen Day

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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.

Contact Sarah Reed at

sreed@marshallnews.com

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  • I have got to reply to our mayors remarks about the census report that came in for slater. I am for cleaning up the town of slater. But for the mayor to say, we lost over two hundred people in our town was because, the town had tore down some old houses, that housed transient people at the time the census was take. I am shock to think that a mayor of any town would say such a thing. The radio reported to, he said they had noticed in our school it was probley transient people. How dare him say that. Transient people are homeless people. The people that lived in those houses where poor people, People that didn't have alot of money, and couldn't live in his class of a home. These are the type of people that couldn't make their living off the insuance plans. And poor people with kids that are in our schools. So I guess according to our mayor there is just one class of people that sould live in Slater. Shame on you Allergi!! A MAYOR sould be for all the people, RICH OR POOR!! And The school should be for all kids. And not target out the poor kids, Ones that didn't ask to be brought in this world to have a mayor of a town, or anyone put them down because they don't have as much as other kids do. Shame to be a part of a town that would allow a mayor say such a thing. This is a town that is infected by drugs and drugs dealers. And tearing down a few houses hasn't helped that. Wake up they are still here. Why!!!

    -- Posted by bnm on Wed, Mar 2, 2011, at 9:30 AM
  • A transient is not necessarily a 'poor' person. A transient is someone who doesn't stay long in one place, for whatever reason. Could be job- or family- or circumstance- related. Calling a person a transient has nothing to do with classifying them as rich or poor.

    -- Posted by katie76 on Wed, Mar 2, 2011, at 10:56 AM
  • well have you heard about transient people living in towns and citys living under bridges and overpasses. homeless, poor, go to wikipeda look up definition. keep looking go futher and you well see, homeless, poor, hobo, there more than one definition.

    -- Posted by bnm on Wed, Mar 2, 2011, at 11:40 AM
  • Transient does, indeed, have several meanings, both explicit and implied. I took the usage in this case to mean "temporary" or "not permanent". To me it is the perfect word to describe residents who only intended to reside in Slater for a short while.

    Perhaps a different word could have been chosen given the negative connotation that the word "transient" has gained. However, the popular use of the word "transient" in reference exclusively to the homeless is nothing more than an excellent example of our society's inability to really say what it means in a clear fashion. As if calling a homeless individual "transient" in any way lessens the harsh reality of having nowhere to live.

    -- Posted by imaloony on Wed, Mar 2, 2011, at 12:24 PM
  • I might suggest using a real dictionary instead of Wikipedia.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transient

    -- Posted by aen2012 on Wed, Mar 2, 2011, at 12:33 PM
  • Bnm was dead on. It is clear the mayor is attempting to downply the exodus from Slater by saying the people that left were undesirable. I know several good and hardworking people that left Slater and it was because of this attitude from the mayor and council. Smart people are sick and tired of paying for electricity for businesses ran by council members and paying for festivals that the mayor council members and select few think are for their own personal enjoyment

    -- Posted by moodyblue on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:18 AM
  • I go to slater all the time and houses that were tore down had not anybody living in them for a long time,there are houses empty right now that are better than others,sure clean up the town, but remember a lot of towns that size are only getting less populated and its not some highly sought out community so work with what you have.moodyblue I think your right on the money

    -- Posted by nancy007 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 7:07 PM
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