Fredericktown City Council

Fredericktown Mayor Kelly Korokis (left) and City Clerk Belinda Lopez pose for a photo after the city council meeting Feb. 12 where Lopez's travel request to attend Spring Institute training March 13-15, in Columbia was approved. Lopez received the state scholarship for the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association to help cover the costs.

Victoria Kemper, Democrat News

The Fredericktown City Council discussed summer events during its meeting Feb. 12 at city hall.

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce requested to hold concerts in the park every weekend in June. The concerts would include bands from around the area and a variety of styles of music. The chamber specifically requested the use of the pavilions on Saturdays in June from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the ability to have a beer garden.

"The revenue from the beer garden would help us to pay for the bands," Madison County Chamber President Tessa Rehkop said. "Any additional funds raised by the sales could go to improving the park."

After some deliberation from the council, it was decided alcohol is not allowed in any city parks and it was recommended the chamber consider asking St. Michael Church to use its parking lot for the concerts instead.

The city council approved the request to use the park but denied the beer garden. Concerts in the Park will be Saturday nights in June with location and time yet to be determined.

The Optimist Club requested the use of the walking track and soccer park for its July Fourth Fireworks event. Details remain the same as previous years, and the club will need traffic control assistance from the Fredericktown City Police and two Fredericktown Firefighters and an ambulance on scene during the fireworks. The council approved the request.

The alderman heard from Missy and Danny Bowman about the upcoming Buddy Ball League. 

"It is a league designed for kids and adults that can't play in a regular league," Danny said. "No matter what their disability we make sure they can play. It is a way to promote friendship."

Danny told the board about his own son who has muscular dystrophy and how the first year he began the season shy and scared not wanting to go out on the field but by the end of the season he was wheeling around the bases with his buddy and asking when the next game would be.

The Bowmans requested to use Jaycee Ball Park from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays starting in May as well as the use of the pavilion in the park June 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an end of season celebration. 

The board approved the request and waived the fees for both the field and pavilion use. However, the city will not be striping or preparing the field prior to games. Danny said they will use striping from the night before or he will personally prepare the field.

The council approved City Clerk Belinda Lopez's request to attend Spring Institute Training March 13-15 in Columbia.

Airport Manager Joel Kemp asked to attend Missouri Airport Managers Association Conference April 18-20. The board approved the request.

The water department's request to attend the 2018 MRWA Annual Conference Feb. 27-Mar. 1 in Branson was also approved.

Jim McCleish from Horner & Shifrin gave a report to the aldermen covering finances and completion of the water projects.

McCleish explained many of the projects ran into hurdles which caused them to be over budget and six months behind. 

"It was a difficult project but it is pretty much done," McCleish said. "Anytime you fix an old system like this you run into challenges."

It was suggested two more corrections be added, including a problem with lift station one and a leak in the south pipe.

McCleish said the lift station one issue should be simple to fix, but the south pipe will need to be dug up to find the leak. This will require digging close to 12 feet down in some areas.

The board requested McCleish configure the costs of these two corrections and bring them to the next meeting before a decision is made.

Interim City Administrator James Settle gave an update on a resident wanting to hook up to the city water line. It was agreed there were positive benefits to both the city and the resident, but concerns about the county raised questions. The board decided to wait to approve the request until it can be determined if the county would have an issue with the hook up.

The board approved the purchase request of two porta pots from Pollyjohn. Settle said this is a replacement of two units which were destroyed. One was blown away in a wind storm and the other washed down the river.

A discussion regarding the tree trimming list led to questions as to whether or not city employees could make the improvements instead of outsourcing the work. The board gave Settle the task of discussing with the Electric Department which trees it could trim and which would need to be outsourced.

After a closed session to discuss two personnel matters and one real estate matter, the board reconvened for its regular meeting.

In regular business, City Attorney Mary Boner read an ordinance authorizing Mayor Kelly Korokis and Lopez the authority to attest the city's acceptance of property from MoDOT.

The next meeting of the Fredericktown City Council will be Feb. 26, 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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