Fredericktown City Council

Wastewater Plant Manager Vince Grieshaber (left) and City Engineer Tim Baer confer while the Fredericktown City Council goes into closed session. 

Victoria Kemper, Democrat News

The Fredericktown City Council met for its regular bi-monthly meeting Sept. 11 to discuss upcoming fall events.

In work session business, the council set the annual fall clean up dates for Oct. 16 through Oct. 21. This will be a free clean-up available to city residents. Proof of residency will be required. The city will not have curbside pickup. Items will need to be brought to the transfer station.

The council approved the Madison County Chamber Board's recommendation to have the annual Freakytown event, Oct. 28.

A request from the Fire Department to attend fire instructor class certification courses was approved by the aldermen. This is needed to ensure the department will be up to standards in order to continue to apply for grants.

Public Works Director James Settle discussed recycling with the council. Settle said the city is in a no-win situation. He said it would cost more to haul away the recycled plastics than the city would make selling them and nobody in the area will take them.

The council approved a request from the electric department to purchase restocking materials.

City Administrator Doug Friend presented the board with a draft of the budget for review. The engineering design specifications for the sports complex were added and the final draft will be presented for approval at the next meeting.

The group then went into closed session before reconvening for the regular council meeting.

An ordinance was passed by the council allowing Mayor Kelly Korokis to establish the amount of money necessary to be raised by taxation for general revenue purposes and for the park fund. The amount of funds necessary to be raised by taxation for general revenue purposes is $242,204 and for park purposes is $41,996. The tax levy was set to $0.7411 for general revenue and $0.1285 for the park.

The council passed an ordinance establishing a contractual agreement between city and Power Line Consultants in order to build a new electric circuit from Cap America to Spruce Street and to convert voltage from 2,400 to 7,200 volts.

An ordinance was passed adopting and enacting a new code of ordinances for the city. 

Two resolutions were passed relative to the restoration of natural resources on the city's property south of City Lake and property owned by the city near and around the City Lake Reservoir. This will include restoring the chat pile area, planting trees, removing undesired plants, and planting native vegetation.

The project will improve the water quality of the Little St. Francis River and help to prevent contamination of the reservoir. Citizens will also notice an improvement in appearance and quality of the land. The City looks forward to working with the trustees and supports their efforts to restore the injured natural resources in the Little St. Francis River Pile area and at the site of ASARCO’s opperations.

The next meeting of the Fredericktown City Council will be Sept. 25 following the 5:30 p.m. work session at city hall.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com.

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