The Board of Aldermen of the City of Farber met in regular session at the Community Building in Farber at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 8 with the following members present: Mayor Ken Scott; Alderpersons Carolyn Ball, Lynn Flowers, Tony Shade, and Jamie Day Jr.; and Marie Bounds, City Clerk.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented. The listing of Accounts Payable was presented and approved.
A motion was made, seconded, and carried approving Tony Shade as another person to sign checks.
A motion was also approved appointing Mayor Scott as an alternate on the Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission. Mileage will be paid for attendance at the commission meetings.
Farber Police Chief Bumbales gave a report on the current abatements. Tickets have been issued.
The Insurance Service Office made a visit to determine a fire insurance classification that may be used in the calculation of property insurance premiums. As a result, the City of Farber classification was changed from “five” to “six.” Board members, Fire Department, and Water Department personnel will investigate as to what can be done to improve this score.
A motion was passed approving the application and list of names eligible to obtain items from the Surplus Property site in Jefferson City.
The first invoice from MECO Engineering was paid and papers signed to obtain the 80% reimbursement of grant monies.
The board approved an agreement for Morris to mow and maintain a lot by the ballpark.
Scott Allen, Water/Wastewater Operator, was present. He offered to show and explain the water and sewer system to the new mayor and board members.
It is time for another water tower clean-out and inspection. Scott will obtain quotes. Due to the heavy rain, he informed the board, the lagoon had to be discharged on the ground. A sewer line and manhole need to be repaired between Main and Trabue Streets. This will be done as soon as the ground is dry enough to dig.
Lighting at the intersection of Route AA and Highway 54 was discussed. Several complaints have been received.
The City Clerk said she would call Kelly at Ameren.
A motion was made, seconded, and carried to obtain a charge card from Casey’s in Laddonia for the police department to obtain gas since they are open 24 hours per day, whereas 54 Package Store in Vandalia closes at 8 p.m.
The application for a car lot business license to Cory Dieckmann was not approved since he did not meet the requirements or attend this meeting.
Mrs. Picton was present to discuss the possibility of opening a Farmer’s Market in Farber. More information is needed on liability insurance, a location, and time. The board is in favor of this project.
The next regular scheduled meeting is June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.