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Silex board delays action on city attorney issue

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

Presentation of a citizens’ petition in support of retaining current city counsel for the City of Silex was among the highlights at the recent Silex City Board meeting.

Lynne Luckett presented the petition signed by 24 city residents, asking the board to retain Troy attorney Lee Elliott as city attorney.

“He cares about the citizens and this town,” said Luckett adding Elliott was a ‘relentless’ advocate for many when the residents were relocated to higher ground through a federal program due to repeated flooding.

Janet Baker, the mayor during that relocation effort, also spoke on behalf of Elliott. Following their presentation, Alderman David Heimburger stated he concurred with their position. Mayor David Rice spoke of the lack of communications involving a project that Cannon Companies will be doing in repairing a lift station in New Silex. Later in the meeting, it was decided by the board to table further discussion concerning this until next month. Also placed on next month’s agenda are issues involving hours and salaries of police officers. There needs to be more clarity on number of hours to be worked.

In reference to the lift station project, it was confirmed that the project will begin this week (weather permitting).

There were four sets of minutes from meetings held in May which the board reviewed and after much discussion, they were finally approved. Under bill approval, Mayor Rice asked whether separation of the solid waste fees should be taken from its current format. Currently, the water, sewer and solid waste fees are through one bill. The format will remain unchanged.

Chief Richard McDermott presented the monthly police report of activities. Other reports were presented by Steve Twellman, public works and Glenda Henry, city clerk. The board discussed ideas pertaining to the annual fall festival which could bring in additional revenue. A meeting will be held to promote the planning of this annual community event.

Also present at the meeting were Frank Frick and John Fraga, representatives of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Fraga was there to offer the city information on possible solutions to the current water quality concerns.