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Board in Freistatt approves roof work

Friday, November 11, 2011

Freistatt Board of Trustee members approved spending $780 to repair the roof on the Freistatt Community Building during their October board meeting.

The roofing over the addition housing the city offices had deteriorated. Blackburn Roofing, of Pierce City, submitted the only bid. Three firms were contacted and asked to submit quotes. Trustees awarded the contract to Blackburn. Work will be finished before winter.

Trustees discussed the community survey that was circulated concerning the proposed closing of the Freistatt Post Office. A significant number of responses were received addressing more significant questions than those on the generic questionnaire distributed by the Postal Service. The surveys were being sent on to the Postal Service as part of public comment on the proposal.

Three certificates of deposit totaling $5,691.40 were due to roll over in October. Having let a CD roll over in September without having a pressing need for funds at the present time, trustees opted to let the three CD's renew for the same time period into 2012.

Much of the meeting was spent discussing property maintenance issues. One case had been processed through Lawrence County Associate Circuit Court, where the owner pleaded guilty. Another owner who has two properties at issue was present to hear the discussion.

Department reports

Clerk Deborah Schoen reported the final paperwork requested for settling the 2009 sewage spill issue with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources had been submitted by certified mail.

Freistatt utility customers paid over $5,011 in bills for the month. Late fees totaled $27.61.

Water operator Alan Obermann reported city wells pumped 316,300 gallons of water in September. Sewer operator Donald Robertson reported the repaired pump on the lift station had been installed. A monitor had been installed showing the load was alternating between the two pumps and the time run on each.

A report of rattlesnakes by the wastewater lagoon proved to be an exaggeration. Snakes found during an inspection were harmless.

A letter from Monett Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch thanked the village for the donation of the retired storm siren.

"We have a couple sirens of that vintage, and we will certainly be able to use yours for parts as needed to maintain ours for the next several years," Rauch wrote.

Rauch invited the village to call on Monett for help with equipment or manpower when difficult situations arise.

Trustees will next meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Freistatt Community Building.

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