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Council discusses modifying firearms law, real estate taxes

PARK HILLS – The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in City Hall to discuss modifying the firearms law, extending utilities, appointing a planning and zoning member and authorizing the St. Francois County Collector to collect city real estate taxes.

The Council also is expected to set a hearing at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 on the proposed property tax rate.

The council recently discussed at a work session a bill that would modify city firearms regulations to allow the discharge of firearms on tracts of land that are 40 acres or larger and are in city limits. That would allow the owners of recently annexed tracts of land to continue hunting on their property.

The council in July asked to see a contract and a set-up fee quote for allowing the collection of city real estate taxes by the county. Members are expected to discuss the terms of the contract and the fee quote tonight and could decide to authorize the mayor and city clerk to sign an agreement with the county for that service.

The county already performs a similar service for Farmington.

According to a cost sheet from city staff, cost of printing and preparing real estate tax statements is $3,798.28 with a staff salary cost of $3,777. Cost of a one-time set up fee for the county is $1,200.

The city has received requests from three residents regarding extension or upgrade of sewer or water mains in various locations. The council will review these requests for utility expansion and could either respond to each individually or establish a policy for these and future requests.

The council also will consider a request by the mayor to re-appoint Kelly Valle to the planning and zoning commission. By law, the mayor must make appointments by Sept. 1 each year, subject to approval by the council.

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