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After calling the April 11, 2023 meeting to order, Eric Wood and Lee Hillis were sworn in as newly elected aldermen by the City Clerk, Melissa Lulay. Mayor Sandy Joy proceeded to thank newly appointed Fire Chief Bobby Hillis for activating the tornado siren at 2:45 a.m. on April 5. Many local residents took shelter in the FEMA Building. The mayor also recognized the Booster Club for their continued community support. A large number of children were excited about the Booster Club sponsored egg hunt on April 8 and also appreciated refreshments provided by Pastor Helen Edwards. The mayor also thanked the voters of the city for passing the 1 % retail sales tax increase. The vote was 53 For, 10 Against. GREAT outcome.
Updates on grants were given. Robertson Bridge and Construction is doing work to help with stormwater drainage as well as paving some city streets. Anticipated bidding should soon begin for Nutrition Center improvements. Both the drainage/paving grant and the Nutrition Center grant are funded by Missouri Economic Development and are administered by Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is awaiting approval on a grant application with USDA Rural Development for a new tractor with implements.
Property clean-up was discussed along with measures to be taken when there is lack of response. The mayor suggested a tour of the city be taken by the BMA, with the public invited, to list items needing attention as well as an assessment of ordinance compliance.
In addition to other agenda items, the budget for the ‘23-’24 fiscal year will be reviewed at the May meeting. As always, the public is welcome to attend all city meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of each month convening at 6:30 P.M. The agenda is posted on the City Hall window prior to the meeting date.