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Leadwood reviews sewer improvements, options for patrol cars

LEADWOOD – The city’s drug dog played a role in several drug-related arrests in August, Police Chief Dale Newman reported during Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Leadwood Board of Aldermen.

From Aug. 1 to Sunday, police made 11 arrests for possession of a controlled substance and three arrests for possession of drug paraphernalia. Two additional arrests for possession of a controlled substance were made Monday with the help of Baily, a 5 1/2-year-old German shepherd, who works full-time with handler and Leadwood Police Officer Larry Sanderson. She also helped in the arrest of one person for possession of an imitation of a controlled substance.

“They planned to pass that off as real and sell it,” Newman explained.

Newman also asked the board to consider a “lease to own” contract that would give the city three new Dodge Chargers outfitted with all but radar and radios for an annual cost of $21,728 for four years. At the end of the contract, the city could purchase each of the vehicles for $1.

“I did the same type of program with Ste. Genevieve and they saved a lot of money,” Newman said.

According to Newman, Leadwood should be replacing one patrol car a year. Instead, the city has paid at least $5,000 this year for repairs to maintain the patrol cars.

“We’ve had a lot of problems with cars this year,” he told the board.

Newman found a similar plan with an additional year, but the interest rate was twice as high as the 6.19 percent rate of the recommended plan. It includes a warranty of three years of 36,000 miles for most parts and five years or 100,000 miles for the drive train.

Aldermen said they want to see a breakdown of repair costs before deciding whether to lease patrol cars.

Randy Beckett asked to speak from the audience.

“You’ve got the best police force since I’ve lived here — seven years,” Beckett told the board. “From what I’ve seen, they’re very good officers. You’d better keep hold of them.”

Also during the meeting, engineer David Cavender of Horner & Shifrin, Inc., presented the board with a draft of a reply to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the city’s latest effort in a six-year attempt to address problems in the sewer plant. The letter  updates the city’s recent activities in fulfilling its responsibilities under a 2006 settlement agreement with DNR.

Those activities include inspection of a few hundred feet of public sewer main on West Street, repair of one defective service connection found during that inspection, and repair of the skimmer in the clarifier at the treatment plant. Also, the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission is completing a comprehensive map of the city’s sewer system.

The letter includes a draft scope of work for a facility plan. One issue is whether flow monitoring is needed and when it can be done in light of the drought.

Cavender explained that the plan “has to have some substance, but also has to be vague, because they’re likely to take this language and put it into a legal agreement.” The board should be sure it wants to commit to what is in the plan before that plan is submitted, he advised.

The board agreed to discuss the letter at a work session sometime next week to see if any of the language needs to be changed before the letter is sent.

The board announced that Countryside Vet Center will hold a vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at Leadwood City Park. Rabies shots for dogs are $12 for the one-year vaccine and $18 for the three-year vaccine. Rabies shots for cats are $12.

Cats also can have their FVRCP shots for $15 and feline leukemia vaccines for $20.

Cost for the one-year DHPPV shot is $16 and the three-year vaccine is $20. A bordetella shot is $15 and a heartworm test is $30.

Cat and dog tags also will be available for $5 per tag.

In other business, the board agreed to allow Big River Broadband to set up a trailer in the city hall parking lot Sept. 11 and 12 to sell their service to residents, approved a business license renewal for R&B Tree Service, and discussed putting in the concrete slabs for picnic tables in the park that were approved a year ago.

Paula Barr is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 172 or at


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