The Freistatt Village Board of Trustees made preparations for 2012 at its December meeting by scheduling a budget workshop on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. Trustees will meet at the Community Building to work up a financial road map for passage at the Jan. 12, 2012, meeting.
Trustees discussed recent issues warranting action. Clerk Deborah Schoen said recent work on the roof over the office and new ventilation vents on the roof have helped the persistant mold smell in the building.
Mayor Mike Ortwein agreed to talk to Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay about ongoing speeding. According to Elmer Conway, motorists coming of Washington and heading north at 8 a.m. daily have created a serious hazard for children walking to school. Ortwein said he would ask to have an officer observe the situation.
Trustees agreed to have Marshal Kevin Davis talk to youth conducting target practice whose projectiles have been bouncing off the senior citizen housing. The manager at the housing alerted residents to take cover one day after hearing the impact sounds. The suspected shooters located at some distance and appeared unaware of the hazard.
Clerk Schoen said she had been busy responding to surveys from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Rural Water Association, a water demand use request from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and an update for the U.S. Census Bureau. Details on village activities were compiled for the Missouri Municipal League.
Utility customers paid $46.13 in late fees for November, down $9.43 from the previous month.
Water operator Alan Obermann reported village wells pumped 392,300 gallons of water in November.
Trustees discussed property code violations, including a second violation by one resident. An animal code violation was cited.