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Alderman Nixon resigns; water plant finance eyed

After discussion, the Gallatin Board of Aldermen accepted the resignation of Ed Nixon as west ward alderman during their regular meeting held Sept. 14. Mr. Nixon’s reasons for resigning are cited in a letter to the editor.

In other business, the board carried a motion to sign a contingency form with McLiney & Co. to investigate financing options for a new water plant.

Jason Mercer, water plant operator, discussed issues with the city’s current water plant.

Police Chief Mark Richards submitted a report on activity from Aug. 24 to Sept. 14, with the following reports taken and tickets given: two suspicious persons; two accidents; two peace disturbance; one check the welfare of a child; two public intoxication; one stalking; one alarm call; one child abuse; one stealing. There are four dogs in the pound.

Mr. Johnson said the Tour of Missouri went very well and the city had a great group of volunteers to assist with traffic control. He expressed thanks to Chief Richards for the wonderful job he did organizing the event.

Bills in the amount of $184,713.67 were approved for payment.

Mr. Johnson spoke with Scott Stephens, city auditor, regarding concerns of the board. Mr. Stephens will prepare an amended proposal for the 2009 audit. Concerns were expressed regarding the need of stronger control over the spending within the city.

David McLey, president of the Dockery Park Board, asked the council for help with Christmas in the Park.

Discussion was held on the financial review.

Inquiry was made about contracting the replacement of some utility poles. Mr. Johnson stated that the city already has a bid from an individual and plans on doing some this year and next year.

Inquiry was made about a work order written in the past to clean out a ditch on East Berry. Mr Johnson stated that the work order is still active and will get done as soon as the crew has time.

Mayor Ballew stated she appreciates the employees who attended the city meeting on their own time.

The board entered into closed session pursuant to hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting employees.

Public comments were made regarding cutbacks on spending within the city, water leaking into a basement on the square, bid process, thanks for resolving sewer issue at a residence, and thanks for filling of some potholes.

The above are the unapproved minutes of the regular meeting for the city of Gallatin held on Sept. 14, at the Dockery Park shelter building. Present were Mayor Barb Ballew; aldermen, Dan Lockride, John Whitfield and Carol Walker; City Administrator Zac Johnson; City Clerk Autumn Acree; Jason Mercer, Tyson Markham, Wendell Gunzenhauser, Chad Youngs, Kyrstal Huff, Teddy Holcomb, Belinda Woody, Lester and Kay Nelson, Connie Carder, Norma Griffin, David and Diane McLey, Paul Acree, Glen and Trudi Burton, Ron Wilson, Bill Walker, Gary Cone and Janet Hart.

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