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There have been a lot of things going on in recent weeks at the Leadington City Hall.

“Short-handed” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Two weeks ago, the city clerk resigned to take another position. If anyone has called city hall in recent days, you’ve probably had your call answered by Police Chief Dustin McKinney or Court Clerk Cyndee McLeod, who was made full-time Tuesday night at the board of alderman meeting.

“I spent the day Tuesday preparing and gathering information for tonight’s board of alderman meeting,” said McKinney. "One thing I’ve learned for sure is that I am not a city clerk.”

Not only has been McKinney been doing clerical duties, but he’s also been doing some yard work around the city buildings.

The city is currently seeking a full-time clerk with all city benefits that come with a full-time job. Both McKinney and McLeod said the new clerk can’t come soon enough.

“I didn’t realize how much work the city clerk actually did,” said McKinney.

In addition to a clerk, the city is also seeking a part-time street department employee with experience in mechanical work, construction, and lawn care, a jack of all trades so to speak.

Applications are being taken for these positions at the city hall, located at 12 Weir Street in Leadington.

In addition to a much needed city clerk and street department employee, the city is also requesting bids for lawn care for Woodlawn Cemetery. Bids can be mailed or delivered in a sealed envelope marked “Cemetery Bid” to City of Leadington 12 Weir Street Leadington, MO 63601.

No faxed, emailed, or any other type of electronic transmitted bid will be accepted. The city asks that the bids include qualifications, personnel size, experience, and proof of liability insurance.

During the board of alderman meeting Tuesday, the board voted to certify the April 2 election results, with outgoing Alderman Casie Braddy voting “no.” Alderman Gary McKinney, Alderman Misty Dean, and Mayor Dustin Winick were administered the oath of office by City Attorney Mark Bishop.

In other matters, the board discussed some issues with the fire department building that include an infestation of brown recluses, mice, and on occasion copperhead snakes that have been found in the building. The board will take steps to immediately rectify the issues, but will be accepting bids for long-term extermination and eradication of the nuisances.

During the meeting, the board also approved a mutual aid agreement with Park Hills Police Department. This agreement allows for Leadington officers to call for assistance from Park Hills officers and vice versa. The agreement is for emergency situations only and an “emergency” is determined by the “requesting officer or dispatch.”

Leadington already has a mutual aid agreement with the city of Desloge. Park Hills has also enacted mutual aid agreements with the City of Leadington as well as the City of Desloge.

“We are small communities and often work with minimal staff,” said McKinney. "It is good to see us creating these agreements so that we can work together for the betterment of all of our citizens.”

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Matt McFarland is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616, or at mmcfarland@dailyjournalonline.com.

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