Meeting in regular session on Monday night, the Leadwood Board of Alderpersons first heard from Pastor Dwayne Looney on behalf of the First Church of God.
Looney requested permission for his church to set up a live nativity scene at Leadwood City Park on Christmas Eve. He said his congregation plans to set up the scene from about 6-9 p.m. and it will include live animals, choir and other live music. The board unanimously approved the request.
In old business, Alderman David Henry reported that the repairs to Hickory Street are nearly completed. “That’s coming along,” he said. “We should be done with that in a couple of weeks.”
A significant portion of the meeting was spent discussing the project to rebuild a city hall building. A representative from FS Leasing, LLC attended the meeting to provide a summary of the proposed financing agreement to fund the construction project.
The agreement provides the city of Leadwood with $225,000 in financing for construction of the building, which would be added to the insurance settlement from the fire that destroyed the old building in September 2015.
After a tie vote on the matter, Mayor Dennis Parks exercised his authority to break such a tie and voted to approve the ordinance that establishes the authority for the city to enter into the lease agreement with the finance agency.
Next up, a brief discussion commenced about the former Carlyon Auto Parts building that is now owned by the city. Board members voted to obtain a rental dumpster to facilitate removal of the debris remaining inside the dilapidated structure.
Moving on to individual city departments, the board first discussed creating a break room for street department employees in the city’s “street shop.” The board voted to approve the modification.
Board members also voted in favor of repairing all existing potholes on city streets.
Police Chief Will Dickey spoke next, asking the board to approve placing an ad to hire a new part-time police officer to replace an officer who recently resigned, and to approve the purchase of training equipment to use during active shooter scenario training for the West County School District.
Dickey also obtained permission from the board to return the surplus Department of Defense Humvee obtained free of charge last year and to have numerous police radios repaired.
Moving on to the parks department, a fundraiser for the Moyers family at the city park on Oct. 29 was briefly discussed.
“Along with the car show this weekend at the park,” said Alderman Charlie Lewis, “… there’s gonna be quite a bit going on — there’s gonna be some food and music. There’s been an outpouring of support for that family, so we’ll just keep it coming. Them girls have got a long road to follow and that’s the intentions of this — to keep them girls taken care of until they can take care of their selves. Every little bit will help.”
Lewis also mentioned that the Leadwood Community Betterment Association wants to decorate the city park with Christmas lights this year and is asking that residents consider donating their unwanted or used Christmas lights so that trees in the park can be decorated.
Prior to adjourning, it was decided to winterize and close the park bathrooms on or about Nov. 1, depending on the weather.
The next regular meeting was set for Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
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