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Council hesitant to accept land

The Fredericktown City Council discussed the possible transfer of land from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) during its meeting Monday night.

The department has sent the city the deeds for three sections of roadway in order to transfer ownership over to the city.

If accepted the city would be responsible for the maintenance of roughly 1.462 miles of additional roadway including two bridges. This would include a section of West Main Street from Armory Street to the roundabout, Commercial Drive and the portion of Lincoln Drive which is within the city limits.

“We need to do a little more research and find out what we are getting into,” Alderman Jim Miller said.

“We need to tell them our concerns about the bridges,” Alderman Rick Polete added.

The board decided to get more information before agreeing to sign off on the transfer deed to obtain the land from MoDOT. 

A travel request was received from the fire department to attend its annual trip to Indianapolis April 26-28. The trip is a budgeted item, and the event is attended annually. The council approved the request.

Municipal Court Clerk Stephni Shelley requested to attend New Municipal Clerk Orientation in Jefferson City April 4-5. The board approved the request with members stating it is not required but there is a lot to learn for the position.

Water Plant Manager Junior Shell made a request to purchase a handheld UV reference sensor instrument along with on-site training for the UV entire instrument.

Shell said in order to complete their required paperwork they have to prove the bulbs are reaching the intensity required and the only way to do that is by using the requested device. 

The training will cover how to operate the hand held UV reference sensor instrument as well as train the entire staff on how to operate and maintain the entire UV system.

The board approved the purchase of the UV reference sensor instrument as well as the on-site training of the UV system.

After a closed session to discuss one litigation matter, the board reconvened for its regular meeting.

In regular business, City Attorney Mary Boner read an ordinance amending the city’s organizational chart.

During her mayor’s report Mayor Kelly Korokis said, “I would just like to give Bimbi (City Clerk Belinda Lopez) a hand for being the recipient of the state scholarship for the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association so she can attend City Clerk Institution classes.”

The board then approved the request to set a public hearing for 5:15 p.m., Feb. 26, at City Hall in order to rezone 301 Lincoln Dr. from R-2 to C-2.

Alderman Paul Brown gave an update to the board in regarding the laundromat owned by the city. Brown said he hopes by the middle of February all of the surplus items will be sold or removed and the building will be ready to tear down.

“We are hoping to get $2,500, but if we get $5,000 we should be happy,” Brown said.

The board discussed the possibility of holding a surplus sale for items left over as well as items throughout the city departments.

Before the close of the meeting, Korokis thanked Police Chief Eric Hovis for all the work his department did throughout the Glenn Frick manhunt stating she has heard nothing but good things.

The next meeting of the Fredericktown City Council will be Feb. 12, following the 5:30 p.m. work session at city hall.

From left, Fredericktown City Attorney Mary Boner reads an ordinance by title only as Aldermen Rick Polete, Paul Brown and Loretta Brown follow along during the meeting Monday night.

From left, Fredericktown City Attorney Mary Boner reads an ordinance by title only as Aldermen Rick Polete, Paul Brown and Loretta Brown follow along during the meeting Monday night.

The Fredericktown City Council met on Monday night to discuss the transfer of land from MoDOT.

The Fredericktown City Council met on Monday night to discuss the transfer of land from MoDOT.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com

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