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June 10, 2012

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 2:31 PM

June 10, 2012

There has not been a lot of extremely hot whether as yet, but I'm sure that air conditioners are humming. Summer brings increased use of electricity and with the higher use comes higher electric bills. There is always someone looking to take advantage of someone's economic problems. I saw a warning last week from the American Public Power Association (APPA). APPA has received reports from around the country of consumers receiving telephone call reputing to be from some governmental agency offering financial aid with utility bills. The caller asks for the usual personal information such as social security number, access to financial information, and credit card numbers. There is no agency currently pursuing such an assistance plan. If someone calls offering you utility payment assistance, I suggest you be very careful. Please call the Malden Board of Public Works, and they can verify if a legitimate program is being offered.

The BPW is in the process of completing repairs to the sewer line break in the north end of Malden. The break occurred in March and we have been waiting for approval of the repair by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). I ordered our people to initiate the repair. I don't want to throw down a gauntlet to DNR, but I understand they are understaffed and their workload is backing up just like our sewer would if we don't fix it. Once we complete the repair maybe DNR can eyeball it, and approve what we did.

There was a special city council meeting last Monday June 4th. The purpose was to meet with representatives from Dollar General Store about their purchasing property on the Southwest Corner of Douglass Street and "J" Highway for the construction of a new store. The property is currently owned by my cousins Phil Santie, Steve Santie and Jan Maddox. The development company asked permission to close the alley known as Cedar Street from "J" Highway to the north side of West Francis Street. The company also asked if West Francis Street could be narrowed by thirty feet on the north side between Douglass Street and the alley known as Cedar Street. The purpose is to make the building site accommodate their store. The general opinion was that the changes would make little or no difference to the general area in question. Closing the alley access to "J" Highway may actually improve traffic flow or at least stop people from cutting corners to avoid the traffic light. The city council voted to approve the proposed changes.

The next scheduled meeting of your city government is June 18, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. at the Malden City Hall. There is still a budget for the next fiscal year to be completed. We must choose a medical insurance plan for our employees and balance that increased cost against salary increases to keep pace with the cost of living. We will spend the public's money. We will spend it wisely or foolishly depending on your point of view. Personally, I appreciate your point of view.

The financial report is as follows:

June 1, 2012

Balance $ 1,349,440.09

Revenues $166,621.98

Expenses $121,538.25

June 8, 2012

Balance $1,394,523.82



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