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Aldermen Connie Painter and Jason Osbourne hear a request for city officials to help with expense of asphalt improvements on City easement.

The City of Monroe City discussed a new bond issue at the July 25, City Council meeting. Voters can expect to see a bond for a new sewer plant for the city. Discussion included educating the community on the importance of the need for the sewer plant and had concerns regarding voter turn-out in an off-year election. The decision was made to obtain the proper bond language for the ballot form Gilmore & Bell with all in favor.

Later in the meeting during the Public Works report, Administrator Jackie Pangborn addressed the Board of Alderman explaining David Wilson has requested the City pay $1,790 for the City’s section of the easement in the alley. Wilson had recently improved and repaired the parking lot to his businesses, Wilson Granite and Wilson Village Laundry. After much discussion, Kevin O’Bryan, stated, “The funds could come out of his truck budget that he didn’t use.” Alderman Melissa Hays stated, “If Mr. Wilson would have scheduled this in advance with the City then it would be different, he should have requested it from the City prior to the job being done.” There was no vote taken on the matter.

In the Public Safety Report, a new ordinance was passed regarding All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) within the City of Monroe City. The proposed ordinance was assigned bill no. 7 and was read three times with a roll call vote each time approving the ordinance with all in favor. It was reported, the stickers for the ATV/UTV and golf carts are in. Inspections will be done at the Monroe City Police Department during business hours only. After the inspection, owners will be asked to go to City Hall to pay for the permit fee.

In open forum, Michael Purol, of Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, was present to discuss three different options for the demolition or repair of 105 North Main Street. The property is currently being appraised to see the worth of the building. The council agreed to wait for the appraisal results before deciding anything else. The appraisal is projected to take up to another three weeks.  

During the Administration Report, Pangborn reported, the City had been awarded two grants from the Department of Natural Resources. One grant is for new picnic tables made out of recycled tires and the other is for a pour and play surface under the equipment at St. Jude’s Park.

The next scheduled city council meeting is Thursday, August 8 at 6 p.m. The Board of Aldermen normally meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at City Hall, 109 Second Street.  If the first meeting night of the month falls on the first or second day, the meetings for that month are held on the second and fourth Thursdays.  The Board may also change a meeting date at a prior meeting due to scheduling conflicts.  Board of Aldermen meetings are open to the public.  Citizens have an opportunity to express their concerns and give their input at the open forum which is normally the second item on the agenda right after the consent agenda. It is suggested that you advise City Hall of the matter that you wish to discuss with the Board of Aldermen at least two days prior to the meeting so that research (if needed) may be performed prior to the meeting.  If you do not know what ward you are in or have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at (573)735- 4585.

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