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Board discusses projects

Meeting for the first time in the newly completed city hall building, the Leadwood Board of Alderpersons held a regular session on Monday night.

Kevin Brooks, supervisor for the city’s street, utilities and park departments, started things off with an update on the park benches he’s been building for the city park.

“Five of them are installed,” he said. “We’ve just got to get materials for the other six and then put them in.”

Mayor Dennis Parks gave a brief update on the project to renovate the city’s water and sewer systems. He said all required paperwork is in the hands of the state. City officials are waiting to hear about the next step after the paperwork has been approved.

“Hopefully within the next month we’ll be having an update on (the project),” he said.

Parks also spoke about the city hall ribbon cutting and grand opening event held earlier in the day. All board members were present for the ribbon cutting, which was followed by an open house. Area residents enjoyed hot dogs, cookies, cupcakes and other complimentary refreshments.

Alderman John Vickers thanked Alderman Charlie Lewis, whose construction company built the new structure, for doing an excellent job on the project and Parks thanked City Clerk Charlotte Lewis and the members of the community who helped her with the planning and preparation for the open house.

“If I didn’t have (all of) you to count on, I don’t know what I’d have done,” Parks said, expressing his appreciation for the homemade cookies and cupcakes the women baked and for the hotdogs Brooks prepared for the event.

Commenting on construction of the building, Charlie Lewis remarked that although there were some difficulties in getting the project started, once he and his crew were able to begin building, everything went smoothly and the project was completed under budget.

Some finishing touches are still needed to complete the city hall, including paving the parking lot and adding some landscaping around the outside of the building. Parks mentioned that the board had previously discussed adding a three foot landscaping border around the building with plants and flowers.

Only one contractor — Rick Hall — submitted a bid for the parking lot, which was approved by the board. A short discussion followed about providing at least one reserved parking space that is handicapped accessible and another space for short-term parking.

It was agreed to create a border with either landscaping timbers or treated lumber around the building before the blacktop is laid down. Brooks provided a rough estimate of the cost of the timbers at about $500 and recommended treating them with stain or waterproofing to prolong the life of the timbers.

Next, the board talked about adding a weather-resistant lockable box in which to post public notices outside city hall and an acceptable amount to pay someone to build the box. Board members agreed to a limit of $500 for the project.

City Clerk Charlotte Lewis commented that she has inquired about lettering for the building and is waiting for a reply.  

In street department business, Alderman David Henry reported on the amount of asphalt needed to repair Third and Oak streets. He recommended buying at least two loads of asphalt.

The board also discussed a project to repair the bridge next to the city park, the amount of concrete needed and the best time of year to complete it to reduce the chance of rain interfering with the project.

In police and court business, Alderwoman Anna Woods reminded the board that the police department is down one officer and another will be leaving soon.

She reported that the police department is also in need of a new vehicle. She said the Dodge patrol car, although it is only two or three years old, has been having a lot of problems. The board discussed seeing if the car’s warranty will cover any needed repairs before moving forward on buying a new vehicle. Alderman Charlie Lewis recommended, if the board decides a new car is needed, it would be better not to wait until the car no longer has any trade-in value.

Police Chief Will Dickey reported one of the department’s radar units is worn out and will look into the cost of a new one.

In park business, Charlie Lewis reiterated the numerous upcoming events scheduled at the city park, including the Christmas Angels car show on July 8, a fundraiser for the Our American Hero Foundation on July 15, the Fall Festival Sept. 22-24 and the Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 7.

Lewis also brought up the subject of updating the electric services at the park to better accommodate those who use the park during festivals and fundraising events.

Board members agreed to schedule another citywide yard sale on Aug. 4-5 and a citywide cleanup for Ward 1 on July 10-11 and in Ward 2 on July 12-13. Notices for the cleanup will be sent to all residents with a note for those who may need help to contact city hall.

The next regular session was scheduled for June 26 at 6 p.m. in city hall. 

Kevin Brooks, supervisor for Leadwood's street, utilities and park departments, chats with Mayor Dennis Parks and City Clerk Charlotte Lewis after the Board of Alderpersons meeting Monday. 

Kevin Brooks, supervisor for Leadwood’s street, utilities and park departments, chats with Mayor Dennis Parks and City Clerk Charlotte Lewis after the Board of Alderpersons meeting Monday. 

Leadwood Mayor Dennis Parks, third from right, gives an update on the project to renovate the city’s water and sewer systems during Monday night's meeting of the Board of Alderpersons in the new city hall building. 

Leadwood Mayor Dennis Parks, third from right, gives an update on the project to renovate the city’s water and sewer systems during Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Alderpersons in the new city hall building. 

Amy Patterson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3616 or apatterson@dailyjournalonline.com.

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