The Farmington City Council met in regular session on the evening of Nov. 27, where they covered a brief agenda, passed a few resolutions, and paused to remember three Farmington residents who had recently passed away.
A resident addressed the council with concerns regarding a long-standing issue with disabled vehicles parked in the street in their neighborhood.
“It’s been a problem for more than six months,” the resident said. “Nothing seems to be getting done about it, and these derelict vehicles are cluttering the street and causing parking problems for neighbors nearby.”
Mayor Larry Forsythe quickly acknowledged the complaint and stated that there had been reports recently from residents on the next street regarding the same issue and the same person as being behind the problem. Chief of Police Chris Bullock said he was familiar with the situation and the parties involved. Notices had been issued, and appropriate action would be taken, he said.
The resident was satisfied with the police chief’s response and said that as long as they were addressing the council, they would mention one other problem — trash cans and bins sitting in the streets next to the curbs.
“It’s not just in my neighborhood, but in lots of places across town,” the resident said. “Trash gets picked up, and people just leave the cans sitting in the street.”
Councilor Chris Morrison agreed that it was an unsightly problem. There was discussion on whether it was an ordinance violation, and it was determined that it wasn’t. Since the problem is created when independent waste management company employees sit the emptied receptacles on the street next to the curb, it was determined that the resident’s complaint was out of the city’s control. Morrison asked whether a reminder to pull back their trash cans and bins could be sent out to residents along with their utility statements. The council agreed that it was a good approach to encourage residents to be mindful of returning their refuse containers to their yards.
Mayor Forsythe informed the council that three Farmington residents had recently passed away and that their losses would be felt in the community. A moment of silence was held in their memory.
“Kenny Moran owned Moran Concrete,” the mayor said. “He passed away unexpectedly Nov. 23 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Those who knew Kenny knew that he was a very special person. I went to school with Kenny, and I know he will be missed in my heart and in Farmington’s heart because he was a one-of-a-kind man.”
Forsythe continued, saying, “Bruce Boren passed away Nov. 26 at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. He attended New Heights Church, was a member of the Farmington Elks Lodge 1765 and former Ride Captain for the SEMO Patriot Guard. Bruce was formerly employed at the Potosi Correctional Center and the City of Farmington.
“He was a good employee and a good man. He was currently employed at Parkland Health Center in Farmington as a public safety officer. He’s survived by his loving wife, Martha, who works at the Civic Center. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Martha.”
Giving his final recognition of the evening, Forsythe said, “Jerry Vivrett passed away Nov. 23. He worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections and was an instructor at MAC.”
Two resolutions were given a second reading and passed. Resolution R53-2023 authorizes the mayor to execute a contract to purchase real estate at 827 Bell Drive, a property in a flood zone. Resolution R52-2023 authorizes the mayor to enter into and execute a hold harmless agreement at 555 West Pine St. and 1302 KREI Blvd., allowing the city to enter the property and provide stormwater remediation.
Two bills were read. Bill 47112023 changed the zoning of the property at 1642 Doubet Road to allow for a second residence to be built on the property, and Bill 48112023 amended Farmington’s livestock code to allow residents to have six chickens on their property.
Alderman Chad Follis expressed thanks on behalf of the Farmington High School Future Farmers of America and their instructors for the bill changing the livestock code, as the previous code placed the students out of compliance when showing chickens at county fair competitions.
Mayor Forsythe closed the meeting by commending the chamber, Downtown Farmington, and everyone else who had been involved in the Community Christmas Kick-off over the weekend.
“They did a great job, people were having a good time, and I appreciate the effort put into it,” he said.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the new offices at the former Big River Communications offices and will be its final meeting of the year.
Lisa Brotherton-Barnes is a staff writer with the Daily Journal. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.