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Fredericktown appoints new city clerk

In a brief meeting of the Fredericktown City Council on Monday night, the aldermen approved the appointment of Bimbi Lopez as the new city clerk and Theresa Harbison as the new deputy city clerk.

Both women have been employed with the city for a number of years. Lopez was hired as deputy clerk in 2011. Harbison has held a number of different positions since being hired in 2007. Former City Clerk Barb Stevens retired June 30 after more than 22 years in the position.

Mayor Kelly Korokis performed the swearing in for both the new clerk and new deputy clerk.

Prior to the regular meeting, the council held a work session to discuss four topics. The first was a recommendation from JViation Inc. of a re-bid for taxi and apron reconstruction at the A. Paul Vance Fredericktown Regional Airport.

Bid proposals were received and opened June 27. The only contractor to submit a bid was NB West Contracting Co. for $2,378,662.85. After negotiations between NB West and JViation, the bid was lowered to $2,354,332.85. The bid was 11.2 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate of $2,097,638.

After discussion, the council agreed to approve the bid “pending federal and MoDOT funding.”

The council also approved a request to purchase restocking ammunition for the police department. This was a budgeted item.

The aldermen agreed to purchase a UV Transmittance (UVT) analyzer for the water plant. The cost of the equipment is $9,900, and city employees will be able to install it within a couple of days after it is delivered.

Finally, the council approved a request to enter into a contract with Spectra Tech to rehab some of the city’s manholes. City Engineer Tim Baer explained the process to the aldermen. This is the next step in the rehabilitation of the city’s infrastructure. The process should take a couple weeks to complete.

In the regular council meeting, the aldermen accepted reports from the city administrator and building inspector, as well as financial reports. Administrator Doug Friend reported Accountant Greg Shinn, of Thurman and Shinn, is working on the debt breakdown figures requested by Alderman Harold Thomas. Building inspector Richard Macke briefly discussed the progress on the Fredericktown Intermediate School building project.

The council approved accounts payable before adjourning in under 20 minutes.

The next scheduled meeting for the Fredericktown City Council is July 24 at city hall. The work session will be at 5:30 p.m. with the regular council meeting to follow.

Fredericktown Mayor Kelly Korokis, on right, swears in new City Clerk Bimbi Lopez and Deputy City Clerk Theresa Harbison, on left, at Monday's meeting of the Fredericktown City Council.

Fredericktown Mayor Kelly Korokis, on right, swears in new City Clerk Bimbi Lopez and Deputy City Clerk Theresa Harbison, on left, at Monday’s meeting of the Fredericktown City Council.

Aldermen, attorney Mary Boner, Teresa Harbison, and Bimbi Lopez talk prior to the Fredericktown City Council meeting, Monday. Lopez and Harbison were appointed city clerk and deputy clerk, respectively, at the meeting.

Aldermen, attorney Mary Boner, Teresa Harbison, and Bimbi Lopez talk prior to the Fredericktown City Council meeting, Monday. Lopez and Harbison were appointed city clerk and deputy clerk, respectively, at the meeting.

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