LEADINGTON — A book verifying ownership of plots and burial locations in Woodlawn Cemetery was presented to the Leadington Board of Aldermen at their regular monthly meeting held Monday evening at city hall.
The book was researched and compiled by Brenda Mattingly and John Fingerhut of Designer1_4 CADD Support LLC. The company was hired months ago to complete the massive project after the city took over management and perpetual care of the cemetery last fall.
Fingerhut said a computer program he’s developed for use by city workers for future organization of the cemetery is working well and that he intends to provide training in the upcoming weeks. He also said that a free mapping program he’d found might be powerful enough for the city’s use. The other alternative is purchasing a $1,500 mapping program. Mayor Troy Dickens said he preferred that no corners be cut and that whatever program was ultimately chosen, it be capable of taking care of the city’s needs.
Declaring the overall project a success, Mayor Dickens said, “Now we’re looking forward to getting the computer program up and running.”
In other action by the board:
• Alderman Steve Kinsey was asked to check into the cost of removing a large tree that fell in Woodlawn Cemetery following a July 6 storm. The tree is covering several grave sites and headstones. Mayor Dickens asked that Kinsey find someone to not only remove the tree, but also grind up the remaining stump for $650 or less.
• The date for a public hearing on the tax rate was set. It will be held at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 14, prior to the board’s regular monthly meeting at city hall.
• A proposed ordinance providing a rewritten policy manual for city workers was tabled until next month’s meeting.
• A proposed ordinance updating regulations for animal control in the city was tabled until next month’s meeting.
• A proposed ordinance that would allow city police officers to stop motorists who are observed not wearing their seat belts was tabled until next month’s meeting.
• Approval was given for City Clerk Debbie Eggers to attend an annual training conference Sept. 16-19 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Lake of Ozarks.
• Mayor Dickens was given authority to seek bids on several future road projects. Dickens said he would contact an asphalt company to help him determine the scope of repairs. Two possible locations where road repair might be performed are on Maple and Woodlawn streets.
• A discussion of bulk trash pick up in the city was discussed. Dickens said that although bulk pick up of trash is only supposed to take place twice each year, there were several requests made by city residents each month to have the city remove trash from their property. The mayor said the problem would be looked into further.
• The city is having problems on weekends with both residents and non-residents leaving inappropriate items such as drywall studs, computer tables and sofas on the trash trailer parked at the city barn. Because of this, Mayor Dickens said he has instructed city workers to move the trash trailer behind the city barn fence except on weekdays.
• Approval was given for repainting the railing at city hall. Reflecting tape might also be applied to the railing if needed.
Kevin R. Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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