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City Council approves closing time, social media ordinances

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Staff photo by Lecia Forester During the work session, Street Commissioner Randy Carter brought to the council two different styles of street signs. The current signs must be updated by the year 2013.
At Tuesday evening's meeting councilmen discussed two earlier ordinances that had already been discussed previously at other meetings. One ordinance concerned closing time for certain businesses. City attorney Terry McVey had checked into the matter and brought to the table one he liked from Jefferson City. It had to do with an after hours business license which put most of the responsibility on property owners concerning security, alcohol and fire code regulation. McVey advised councilmen to think about this and an ordinance will be ready at the next meeting.

Also approved was an ordinance establishing a social media policy for the city. Department heads will oversee the policy for their departments, especially those with social media sites such as Facebook.

As previously discussed the fitness membership for city employees was also brought to the table last night. Both councilmen Larry McDowell and Bobby McMahon raised objections about the costs, an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 a year. Both feel the city cannot afford this expense. No decision was reache concerning this issue so the matter was tabled and will be further discussed.

During department reports, Assistant Fire Chief David Horton presented information concerning the public fire education and inspections. Horton noted that there were 77 inspections plus one writeup for illegal burning. Last month's inspections numbered 93. Year-to-date is 998 inspections.

A question was asked of Horton about an overgrown area with weeds. Horton noted that he would look into the matter.

Also briefly discussed was the areas in the city that need mowing.

In the police department report, Major Steve Williams reported the department had received 896 dispatched calls resulting in 222 reports being filed. Officers investigated six injury accidents, 24 non-injury accidents and 21 private property accidents for a total of 51 accidents for the month of October. There were no curfew violations reported.

During the October DWI Grant, there were 39 stops with 46 violations reported. There were 53 arrests made in October, 44 warrant arrests with a total of 97.

During the street department report, Randy Carter, street commissioner, reported that he had submitted a grant to MODot for the trails grant in the amount of $453,000.

The city's share would be $90,000. Carter was told another city had submitted a grant for the entire amount of $500,000 and that money is spread around. He noted that the city would have to wait and see how it goes.

During the work session, Carter brought to the council two different styles of street signs. Signs must be updated by the year of 2013. After a brief discussion, no decision was made and it will be discussed at another meeting.

The council also granted approval to Carter for him to seek bids for two overhead doors and four overhead doors for the new building at the street department.

Sara Graves, executive director, for the Kennett Revitalization Program, came to the council and requested $12,000 from the city's Tourism and Marketing Fund which will be used for new Christmas decorations. The decorations used now are 30 plus years old and CLGW recommends that they not be used again.

The council could not vote on this matter last night but it will be voted on at the next meeting.

In other matters, a resolution was presented to Jeff Lack, a member of the Board of Public Works, for his years of service to the city. He was unable to attend the meeting.

The next meeting of the city council has ben moved to 6:30 p.m., on Nov. 13, 2012, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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