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USDA retirement puts city grants on hold

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Joe Lane
SENATH, Mo. -- Discussed at last night's city council meeting was the impending retirement of Teresa Webb with USDA Rural Development at the end of this month. Webb had been working with the city regarding several grants it had applied for. Included were grants for the community building, the police car, as well as new warning sirens for the city. Mayor Lane noted that someone else would be assigned to help them through the grant process. Webb had talked to Lane regarding this last week.

"We're not on hold, we're just at a little standstill at the present time. That's the best I can say about that," Lane said.

In matters of the water and sewer department, several water leaks were repaired, and water meters as well as the installation of a new breaker box at the pump house were worked on. Employees have been working to get equipment winterized throughout the city. It was also noted that there had been a sewer problem which caused employees to work several Sundays recently.

Regarding the street department, employees have been busy with clean-up in the city which includes the park and the ditches. Trees have also been trimmed throughout the city.

Fire Chief Kent Montgomery noted that the city had five runs this past month which included two structure fires of which one was a mutual aid to Hornersville, Mo. Montgomery also added that there were two first responders, and one extrication. Firefighters have been working on the city's trucks. Montgomery said that the generator for the building is working now but is still in need of a transfer box. The department is in the process of making that happen.

According to Mayor Lane, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m., is the last day to file for public office in the city. So far, two have filed for North Ward alderman, two for South Ward alderman. At the present time, Lane and Patsy Davis face no opposition.

Lane also mentioned that the Christmas lights in the city will be coming down soon. The person who has been helping city workers with that is no longer with New Wave and someone else will be helping after several projects he is working on is completed.

During closed session at Monday night's meeting employee matters were discussed which included the issue of raises.



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