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City Council sets spring cleanup

The Fredericktown City Council set dates for the annual Spring Cleanup during the March 12 city council meeting.

The annual Spring Cleanup will be April 9-14 and is for city residential customers. The service offers drop-off for free with pickup service available for a fee of $10. Customers must register for pickup at City Hall prior to April 5 in order to qualify. Acceptable large items include furniture, appliances, hot water heaters, etc. Items such as shingles, tires, motor oil, batteries, cans of paint or any other chemicals or hazardous materials will not be accepted. 

The Transfer Station is located at 311 S. Chamber Dr. and will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon for drop-offs. Proof of residency will be required at the gate. The City of Fredericktown has the right to limit or decline any items that are not in compliance with the guidelines.

Madison County Chamber of Commerce President Tessa Rehkop requested a temporary liquor license for a concert June 8 at the rodeo grounds.

“We are wanting to have a concert every weekend in June to celebrate the bicentennial,” Rehkop said. “The John D. Hale Band is scheduled for June 8 and the funds from the beer garden will help offset the costs of the band.”

The council decided to hold off on making a decision until the March 26 meeting, due to City Attorney Mary Boner not having prior access to information about the rodeo grounds being owned by the city.

Rehkop then requested the city’s help in purchasing bicentennial banners to hang on the lamp posts. The council agreed to pay for the entire cost of the banners as along as the proof meets approval and there is an addition to the design stating they are sponsored by the City of Fredericktown.

Blake Olson, representing the Fredericktown High School JROTC, requested the use of the SRT course for the annual Raider event April 21. Olson also asked for assistance from the Fredericktown Police Department in helping with traffic during the 10k portion of the event. Police Chief Eric Hovis said the department would help in any way they needed to and the council approved the requested. 

The council then approved the lowest bid for tree trimming requested by the electric department.

A change request from Horner & Shifrin for water treatment plant improvements and amendment 5 for the water plant construction engineering services contract were sent to the board for approval. After some discussion, the aldermen indicated they felt they were being asked to approve something which was already approved, and they would need further information before moving forward.

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

In regular business James Fox, of 303 Lincoln Dr., voiced concerns about rezoning a property on Lincoln Drive from R-2 to C-2. He said it will make his home more difficult to sell and lower his property value.

The council then had Boner read an ordinance to amend the official zoning district map of the city in order to reclassify the described area from R-2 to C-2.

After hearing the ordinance the council discussed concerns about information which was placed on the deed and Boner answered questions. Boner said the title does state the dwellings would have to be used for residential use, but it would not be the city’s problem and even if the ordinance passed the C-2 zoning can still be used as residential again. The ordinance passed.

In her report, Mayor Kelly Korokis gave a shout out to Junior Shell and the Water Department for receiving the Missouri Rural Water Association’s Water System of the Year award.

The next meeting of the Fredericktown City Council will be March 26, following the 5:30 p.m. work session at city hall.

Madison County Chamber of Commerce President Tessa Rehkop requests a liquor license from the city council for a June 8 concert at the rodeo grounds. 

Madison County Chamber of Commerce President Tessa Rehkop requests a liquor license from the city council for a June 8 concert at the rodeo grounds. 

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

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