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

The council set the annual fall clean up dates for Oct. 16-21.

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

A request from the fire department for some staff to attend fire instructor class certification courses was approved. 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. He said the city is in a no-win situation at the moment. 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.

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

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

An ordinance was passed by the group 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 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.

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 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 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 Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com.

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