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Freistatt PD back on duty

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Freistatt Village Board heard that its police department had been reactivated by the state and made plans for enforcing nuisance ordinances at their July meeting.

Clerk Deborah Schoen reported the Missouri Highway Patrol has officially reactivated the village's official originating agency identifier (ORI) number. The moved restoring the police department to active duty.

In discussing the situation with the Highway Patrol, Schoen learned the ORI number had been deactivated after word was received from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department that Freistatt no longer had an active police department. Trustees directed Schoen to inform Sheriff Brad DeLay in writing about what happened and ask him to prevent a recurrence in the future.

With police authority restored, trustees discussed issuing tickets. They decided to give warnings for the first offense and tickets for failure to respond or a second offense. Rather than requiring Marshal Kevin Davis to deliver tickets, trustees authorized Mike Ortwein as board chairman to personally deliver them.

Updates were provided on pending property maintenance problems and new dog ordinance violations.

Youth fair deal

Representatives with the Lawrence County Youth Fair met with Ortwein and water operator Alan Obermann to discuss establishing permanent water and sewer connections for their use on the Ernte Fest grounds. An dedicated meter would provide a charge for specific use without having other Lions Club rates involved.

Obermann recommended where to lay water lines. The fair would have to pay for installation and the $500 hook-up.

Administrative reports

Schoen reported paperwork showing how the village planned to report future sewer spills had been mailed to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Details had to be mailed within 30 days as part of the settlement agreement over the Dec. 17, 2009 sewer spill.

Submitting a form was the first of three steps requested as a non-monetary portion of the settlement over the sewer spill.

Two new deposits for utility use were submitted during June. Late fees totaled $41.92.

Water usage totaled 456,900 gallons pumped for the month. The wastewater lagoon measured a depth of two feet and one inch following one inch of rain in June.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 in the Freistatt Community Building.



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