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Wiederhold says he will ask to table engineering for water system

DESLOGE – Desloge’s new water system will be the topic of discussion during its Desloge Board of Aldermen meeting beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. The aldermen are slated to discuss authorizing Metropolitan Engineering to draft a proposal for the new water system.

However, Desloge City Administrator Eric Wiederhold has indicated that he will ask the board to table the measure.

“The engineering proposal is the first deliberate step following the DNR’s recent approval of our engineering report,” Wiederhold said. “However, I have asked that the mayor and the board of aldermen postpone a decision on this item. We are waiting for a response from Park Hills Mayor John Clark in regards to our invitation to meet. The purpose of the meeting would be to determine if there is a fair and reasonable resolution to the outstanding concerns regarding the supply of water in the City of Desloge. If not, then we would like to begin discussing the separation of the two water systems as requested by DNR.”

The City of Desloge received a letter from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on April 25 that removed a key condition that had blocked progress on building the water system. The letter removed the condition requiring Desloge to settle legal separation from the Park Hills’ water supply system.

The letter also stated that Desloge can proceed in making final arrangements for financing the project and can also instruct the city’s engineer to prepare the detailed plans and specifications for the new water system.

Voters in Desloge approved a $12.85 million revenue bond in April of 2000 to construct a new water system. An additional $1.3 million dollars was budgeted in the recent TIF for a new water system.

In other matters, an ordinance pertaining to a final plat approval for Stone Ridge Subdivision, a non-usage of headlights fine and the financial responsibility violations penalty will also be discussed.

The aldermen are expected to approve a liquor permit for the Desloge Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Day Picnic. Furniture for the new City Hall is also expected to be a topic of discussion.

Desloge Mayor David Kater is slated to make committee and citizen appointments.

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