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Council approves fundraiser requests for JROTC, fire department

The Fredericktown City Council met to review and take voting action on several agenda items, Monday night.

Board President and Ward II Alderman Rick Polete presided over the meeting as Mayor Kelly Korokis was absent.

The FHS JROTC Booster Club representatives attended the meeting to request the city’s permission to hold a fundraiser at the SRT site Sept. 24. Club member Kelley Brownlee presented the information on its plans for a “mud run” with proceeds to benefit the JROTC cadets and Fire and Police Community Coalition (FPCC) evenly. Participants will pay a registration fee to run through a muddy obstacle course challenge on that Saturday. There will be two divisions divided according to ability. There will be one for beginners and one for more advanced competitors, according to event organizers.

“It will be a family event and spectators are welcome to come out and enjoy the day,” Brownlee said. “There are plans for vendors who will serve food and drinks including barbeque.”

There will not be a fee for spectators. The entrants will pay to participate and these are what make up the fundraiser.

The council approved the request.

The Fredericktown Fire Department received the go-ahead for its annual Chili Cook-off scheduled for Oct. 8 near the court square. The council voted in favor of the associated street closures for the East Main Street event.

A heart-felt thank you letter was received from the Madison County Rotary Club to show the group’s appreciation toward the city and its staff relative to the Independence Day Fireworks display and celebration.

Local Boy Scout Troop No. 27 will benefit from the approval of an agreement between the city and the Optimist Club for the lease of a building at 403 E. Marvin St.

Members approved the lowest bid by Cape Electrical Supply for the purchase of 25 LED Cobra head lights for the area of new development near Walmart.

“The energy savings will probably be about half to three-quarters less electric than what we have,” Jeff Lawson, electric department supervisor said.

The conversion of lighting system voltage from the current 2,400 volts to 7,200 volts was also approved for Pine Castle Subdivision and an area near Parkland Health Mart.

In this area the city will be required to move at least one utility pole due to its location in the middle of an easement access.

“It is all part of going to a 7,200-volt (lighting) system,” Polete explained to the council.

A re-zoning regarding properties at 210, 214, and 218 E. College from R-2 to commercial was referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission by the aldermen.

Kelley Brownlee and other representatives of the JROTC booster club request use of the SRT site for a fall, mud run fundraiser.

Kelley Brownlee and other representatives of the JROTC booster club request use of the SRT site for a fall, mud run fundraiser.

Traci M. Black is a reporter for the Democrat News and can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at

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