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Desloge to keep real estate tax steady

DESLOGE – The Desloge Board of Aldermen voted to hold steady on the city’s real estate tax rate for 2012, approving an ordinance to keep the levy at the same $.4206 rate for each $100 assessed evaluation of real property as last year’s.

The vote was taken at the board’s regular monthly meeting held Monday night at city hall. Prior to the start of the meeting, a public hearing took place to receive comments from residents regarding the city’s proposed real estate tax rate. No comments were heard at the hearing and Mayor David Kater moved to close the special session and move into the regular meeting.

In other action by the board:

• City residents Ron Cluse and Patti Cagle appeared before the board to voice complaints and make suggestions during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Cluse told board members of several residences on East Chestnut Street which, in his opinion, had become safety hazards.

Cagle expressed her desire to see sidewalks added to three blocks of Elm Street, saying children walking to and from school were in danger having to walk on a city street while vehicles drive by at a high rate of speed. She also thanked Ward 3 Alderman Alvin Sutton for his help in taking care of a garbage problem she had brought to her attention. Sutton told Cagle that he had communicated the problem to the rest of the board who had worked together in making sure the problem was taken care of.

Finally, Cagle suggested the city take advantage of an incarcerated crew from the local prison to pick up trash and clear weeds. Ward 2 Alderman Chris Gremminger noted that the board had looked into the possibility last year, but it was discovered the program had been placed “on hold” due to unspecified problems experienced in another city. Kater added that there was a number of city residents against the use of incarcerated individuals performing work for the city. City Administrator Greg Camp said the city could look into whether or not the program had now been reinstated, but made no promises about the use of the crews within city limits.

• A bid of $128,120 submitted by Lead Belt Materials of Park Hills — the lowest of three bids received by the board for a street overlay project — was approved under the condition that the work be completed within 60 days. The city had budgeted $150,000 for the project’s completion.

• A bid of $502,277 submitted by Ed Laubinger Excavating of St. Clair — the lowest bid received by the board for the Hawthorne Street Stormwater Project — was approved. The city had budgeted $600,000 for the project’s completion. Camp said he had received a number of highly complementary references on the company that has completed projects for several large cities in the state.

• An ordinance was approved authorizing the issuance of not to exceed $782,000 principal amount of waterworks revenue bonds (State of Missouri – Direct Loan Program) Series 2012 of the city of Desloge for the purpose of extending and improving the city’s waterworks system; prescribing the form and details of the bonds and the agreements made by the city to facilitate and protect their payment and prescribing other matters.

• An ordinance was approved establishing a procedure for the city to disclose potential conflicts of interest and substantial interests for certain municipal officials.

• An ordinance was approved accepting and approving the consolidation of lots 8 and 9 of Laplant’s Sixth Subdivision located at the intersection of Cedar and Monroe streets.

• An ordinance was approved granting a conditional use permit for property at 403 S. School St. to operate a daycare facility. A daycare facility has previously been operated at that address.

• An ordinance was approved authorizing and directing Camp to execute agreements for the purchase of real property located at 103 Cedar St.

• An ordinance was approved amending Section 145.260. The section on “Failure to Appear” now reads: “a. Any defendant who has previously been admitted to bail after arrest or summons who fails to appear before the Municipal Court of Desloge, Missouri at a stipulated time and from time to time as required by the court or who departs from the process of the court without leave, shall be deemed guilty of an offense and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

“b. Any defendant found guilty of violating this Section shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) and or imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) days.”

• Minutes from the July 9, 2012 regular monthly meeting were approved.

• Bills in the amount of $83,492.51 were approved for payment.

• Aldermen reports were received.

Kevin R. Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com.

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