The Freistatt Board of Trustees stepped up efforts to preserve village sidewalks by ordering signs to be posted. the action took place during the board's February meeting.
Problems have persisted, particularly in the vicnity of Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran School, with vehicles parking on sidewalks after trustees passed an ordinance banning parking on the walkways in 2011. Village streets have no curbs, making it unclear to some motorists where to stop.
Trustees said the public still appears to be unaware of the ordinance, and they hoped the signs would help.
Signs directing motorists to not park on the grass by the Freistatt Community Building will also be posted at the direction of trustees.
An ordinance calling for the annual municipal election on April 3 passed. As of the close of filings, Rose Ortwein, a first-time candidate, was the only person to file, leaving the second seat open for a write-in vote. Mayor Mike Ortwein and Ryan Buchmueller are leaving the board.
The 16-page report on the village's financial activities in 2011 which was prepared for the U.S. Department of Agricutlure's Rural Development program, was approved. The report is required as part of the village's loan for water system improvements.
The water system generated $34,988.40 with $18,555.89 in expenses. The sewer system produced $23,233.60 in income and cost $7,295.37 to run. The 2012 budget anticipated income will rise by 5 percent and expenses will decline slightly.
Clerk Deborah Schoen spent most of the month on the USDA report. Utility bills for the month included only $9.68 in late fees, one of the smallest amounts in the past year.
Water operator Alan Obermann reported city wells pumped 282,000 gallons in January. Lines continue to be flushed every two weeks.
Sewer operator Donald Robertson reported checking the wastewater lagoon nine times for pH and oxygen levels. The lagoon has reached a height of four feet.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources sent two letters requesting ground water well reports on the wastewater lagoon irrigation field for the final quarter of 2011. Monitoring wells have consistently been dry, offering no data to report. A response was due by mid-February.
Schoen updated trustees on the status of property maintenance violation cases filed with the Lawrence County Circuit Court. The defendant in one case has requested a jury trial.