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Schnable assists city council

Boy Scout Trevor Schnable from Troop 27 led the Fredericktown City Council in the pledge of allegiance and invocation, Monday night.

The Fredericktown City Council addressed issues with the sewer system at its bi-weekly meeting, May 13.

Patricia Taylor, who lives at 214 E. College, approached the council saying the sewer has been backing up into her yard when there is a heavy rain.

"I have been there almost a year, and I have had to call my landlord many times to have the plumber come," Taylor said. "The plumber has checked and says it is the city's fault."

Taylor said she is just curious how long she will have to deal with the situation, because she is to the point where she is beginning to consider leaving town.

"I've been here nine years, and I'd hate to have to leave because I've met a lot of nice people here," Taylor said. "But in my situation being disabled I can't get on the side of my house and clean it."

Taylor said the smell can be overwhelming to say the least and she knows the city has been talking about the situation and is just curious as to how things are going.

City Administrator James Settle said there is a problem in the line somewhere and the city has hired a contractor to run a camera down the lines to find the issue.

"What happened is they got started and it started raining making the water come up, and they couldn't do anything either," Settle said. "Until the water recedes there just kind of on standby waiting to come back and finish what they were doing. Once we find out what's wrong, we are going to fix it and hopefully that will take care of the problem."

Settle said, without a doubt the lines were put in many years ago and just are not big enough to carry everything the whole town is putting in them.

"We are going to have to upgrade our lines, but that's a long drawn out process," Settle said. "I still think there is a problem between your house and the plant and as soon as we can get in there and get it fixed, hopefully that will take the pressure off your lines."

Any citizens with concerns about the sewers lines or any other city issue are asked to contact Settle at city hall.

During the work session, the council approved the purchase of a submersible velocity level sensor with one day of field service needed to continue sending data to the Department of Natural Resources. Waste Water Manager Vince Grieshaber said the part has been inoperable for approximately six months.

The Madison County Commissioners requested the city pay $2,500, which is approximately half the cost, to pay the Emergency Management Director Dean Stevens to work for both the county and the city. The council approved the request, and the city and county will join into an intergovernmental agreement at a later date.

The council then discussed the future of the recycling center. Settle said it has been six months since any materials have been removed from the center, and it is becoming difficult to have anyone haul it away. 

A request for qualifications for architectural design services for the fire and police public safety building was approved and the city will begin taking applications with the deadline of July 1.

J.C. Shetley and Jim Thompson from the Azalea Board were present to discuss water issues at Azalea Park over the Azalea Festival weekend.

Shetley said they had to pump water out of the park all weekend and that there is a low spot which holds water near Bill Whitener Pavilion.

After some discussion, it was agreed by all involved they should begin working together for a solution or at least a back up plan for next year's event.

"I do want to tell you guys thanks for all the cooperation from the city and the electric department, especially Eric (Hovis) and his guys," Thompson said. "We had an almost flawless weekend, Friday and Saturday, we had zero incidents."

The council was then presented with a revised cost proposal from Brockmiller Construction for Phase I Contract II at the Sports Complex.

Settle said the change order was to install the rack and control panel for the sprinkler system and lights. 

After discussion regarding confusion as to why the city was not installing the rack and control panel instead of the contractor, it was decided to allow the electric department to look at the plans and determine if it is something the city could do itself to save money.

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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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