Freistatt Village Board trustees reviewed police department preparations for Ernte Fest and the storm siren upgrade during its regular August meeting.
Clerk Deborah Schoen reported Marshal Kevin Davis had 13 officers commissioned and ready to work during the two-day Ernte Fest. In addition, the Freistatt Lions Club had the services of seven security guards committed to work the bier garten during the German festival.
Ortwein reported the new storm siren from Blue Valley Public Safety in Green City was now in place. After installation, the siren failed to sound due to a change in the frequency, which was adjusted in a second trip by Blue Valley workers. The new siren now works, Ortwein said, and appears to have a range equal to the old unit, for which parts were no longer available.
Seeking a new home for the old siren, Ortwein contacted the City of Monett. He reported Monett would take the unit and use it for parts.
Trustees appointed Ortwein as Freistatt's representative to the Southwest Missouri Council on Governments (SMCOG). A community wastewater assessment report was sent to the board by SMCOG Executive Director Diane May, part of a statewide project creating an on-line database spearheaded by the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission.
Schoen reported working with May to correct problems in SMCOG's basic information about the village. Utility customers for July paid $37.59 in late fees.
Water operator Alan Obermann reported a water sample from a residence in town registered a positive reading for excessive bacteria. The site was retested with no repeat report. Village wells pumped 520,100 gallons for the month.
At a special meeting on Aug. 22, trustees adopted the annual tax levy. The rate was set at $.2589 per $100 of assessed property, a decrease from the previous year's rate of $.2601. The assessed valuation for the village rose for the year by $92,862. Real estate rose by almost $24,000 while personal property values increased by almost $70,000.
The village board will next meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8.