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Desloge aldermen recognize woman for 2,598-mile walk

The Desloge Board of Aldermen discussed nuisance locations around town and a sidewalk project when it met in regular session Monday night at city hall.

Possibly one of the most interesting topics of business to take place during the meeting was listening to the experiences of city resident Audrey Gibson, who spoke about a recently completed hike she took on the Appalachian Trail — a trek of 2,598 miles that extended from Georgia to Maine over a five-month period.

Audrey Gibson holds her plaque while surrounded by friends and family. (Dan Schunks)

Following her talk, Mayor Pete Pasternak and City Clerk Judy Hutchinson presented a plaque to Gibson, who was accompanied to the meeting by her family, recognizing and congratulating the woman for her outstanding accomplishment.

After approval of the financial report and the paying of bills, former mayor David Shaw addressed the board and complimented the city for its “invaluable assistance” in helping to make the Labor Day Picnic a success. He also thanked city workers for their continued efforts in picking up limbs downed by last month’s severe storms.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Kenny Nelson addressed the board concerning a property with “excessively tall grass,” as well as vehicles speeding on Country Lane that have left him concerned for the safety of children living in the area. He concluded his time before the board by mentioning the poor condition of Bush Lane, the road that runs by Jack-In-The-Box. The board responded to Nelson, telling him that the street was on the list of city roads in need of repair and should be addressed soon.

The aldermen approved the first and second reading of an ordinance for a conditional use permit at 701 S. Desloge Drive. The address is currently zoned for light manufacturing, but the change — which had the unanimous consent of the planning and zoning board — would allow Anna Crites to operate a massage practice, Out of Body Massage, at that address. It was approved unanimously.

Audrey Gibson, left, is presented a plaque of commendation by Desloge Mayor Pete Pasternak, right, and City Clerk Judy Hutchinson, center, during Monday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at city hall. (Dan Schunks)

The fire and water departments updated the board about the upkeep and purchase of equipment to be paid with budgeted funds from their respective departments. The requests were granted by the board.

Discussion was also held over a sidewalk approval plan and the degrees of responsibility between the city and residents. After considerable discussion, the aldermen decided to table further action on the matter until a later time.

The date for the next board of aldermen meeting was changed to Oct. 16 due to the regularly scheduled date being Columbus Day.

Dan Schunks is a staff writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at

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