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Board deems property dangerous

The City of Fredericktown’s Board of Aldermen held its regularly scheduled meeting, Aug. 14. Prior to work session business, a hearing was held regarding the conditions of a structure located at 802 Andrews St.

Alan Kopitsky, Democrat News
The City of Fredericktown’s Board of Aldermen voted, Aug. 14, to enforce the city building code of a dangerous structure located at 802 Andrews St. The owners/lien holders of the property have 30 days to appeal the decision before demolition is scheduled.

During the hearing, City Attorney Mary Boner represented the City of Fredericktown and, despite being notified by certified letter, neither the landowner nor the lien holder of 802 Andrews St. appeared or sent representation.

Boner asked City Building Inspector Jeff Farmer to explain the condition and concerns regarding the residence.

Farmer said, the building has substantial rot damage, broken windows, missing shingles, and debris, including tires and children’s toys around the area. He said, he believes it would cost more than 50% of the value to repair the structure up to code.

Farmer’s attention was brought to the property by complaints lodged about tall grass and derelict conditions.

After all questions were answered and photos of the property were passed around to the aldermen, a motion was passed to enforce the ordinance. The property owners now have 30 days to appeal before demolition of the structure is scheduled.

During regular session business, City Administrator James Settle reported the transfer station will need to be closed for roughly a week due to mandatory repairs required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The transfer station, or city dump, will be closed beginning Sept. 18. The hope is it will be closed just one week.

Settle said, the city does not want to close the landfill, but the repairs to the concrete pad are required per DNR.

“We are still picking up trash from homes, not sure where we are going with it yet, but trash pick up will not be affected,” Settle said. “But items will not be accepted at the landfill that week.”

In other business, the aldermen approved a bid from Vern Bauman Contracting Co. in the amount of $181,720.39 for the overlay of N. Main Street, Garrett Street, Saline Street, and Cap America Drive. The ordinance to execute this contract was later passed during regular session business.

Settle said the project should begin very soon.

The board revisited the discussion of downtown parking. Settle said, he spoke with Madison County Service Coordination in regarding leasing the parking area on South Main Street. MCSC is open to the idea but had a few questions regarding lighting, liability, and being able to use the lot when it holds large events.

The aldermen discussed these concerns and saw no issue with closing the lot for events or adding a light. As to the concerns about liability, Settle said, since the city would be leasing the lot it would fall under the city’s liability insurance.

“I think that would be huge in helping solve the parking issue,” Alderman Rick Polete said.

The board directed Settle to move ahead with a lease agreement and paint lines for parking as soon as the lot is ready. MCSC plans to resurface the lot.

In other business, the board approved the second payment to Brockmiller Construction for the Fredericktown Fire Station Project in the amount of $69,047.61. The project continues to move forward despite rain delays.

Tara Pruett with Miracles on Main Street made a request to hold Miracles on Main Street, Dec. 2, with the usual street closures and use of Azalea Park for light displays. The board approved the request.

Madison County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tessa Rehkop made a request to have this Sunday, Aug. 20, available as a backup option for the “Historic Day at the Square,” scheduled for Aug. 19. This way, if weather does become an issue, the event could be moved from Saturday to Sunday.

The aldermen approved the request.

The electric department presented the board with bids to purchase electric poles and three 15kv 900 amp horizontal switches, recommending the acceptance of the low bids. The board approved the bids of $12,684 for polls, and $18,680.10 for the switches.

The board voted to cancel the Sept. 11 board meeting due to both clerks attending the MML meeting in Kansas City.

Next, a request from Renee Sargent to subdivide a parcel of land from MCCDD, property located on South Chamber and consists of 1 acre, was sent to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

During the regular meeting, the board went into closed session for one personnel matter.

The next meeting of the City of Fredericktown’s Board of Aldermen will immediately follow the 5:30 p.m. work session, Aug. 28 at city hall.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at

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