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Freistatt board looks at filling vacancy

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Freistatt Village Board of Trustees discussed filling a vacancy on the five-person panel following the resignation of Bob Brandt at its June meeting.

Brandt, who was elected in 2011, said he will have moved out of state by the end of the month.

"It's been an honor to serve on the council and I wish the best for the council and the entire village," Brandt said in his letter of resignation. Brandt added he will always remember Freistatt as "a warm and friendly village."

Both of the candidates who ran and were not elected in April have expressed a willingness to serve. An appointment to fill Brandt's vacancy is expected at the July 12 meeting.

Clerk Deborah Schoen reported the village has received another notice of violation from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for lack of reports. In this case, a report was requested on the monitor wells around the wastewater lagoon, which consistently come up dry.

Wastewater operator Donald Robertson planned to deliver a report marking the wells as dry to the DNR office in Springfield. Schoen said part of the reporting problem stemmed from the previous water and wastewater operator taking all copies of his past reports with him.

Going through the village's water and wastewater permit, Schoen was able to produce a full list of the reports required by DNR and their deadlines.

The water loss report derived from the new computer program showed 18 percent of the water pumped in Freistatt did not pass through meters. Water operator Alan Obermann estimated he uses 10,000 gallons during each of the two flushings of the system he conducts each month. An estimate has not yet been factored in for use by the Freistatt Fire Department.

City wells pumped 605,900 gallons of water in May. Customers paid $13.52 in late fees for the month.

Mayor Mike Ortwein reported he had been contacted by the Liquid Engineering Corp., of Billings, Mt., offering a quote of $900 for inspecting and providing a video document assessing the inside of the village's five-year-old standpipe. Since the village does not use chlorination, estimates were the tower may last longer without maintenance.

Ortwein agreed to seek more information on the proposal for discussion at the next meeting.

Water operator Alan Obermann reported completing meter installation for service used at the Lawrence County Youth Fair on the Ernte Fest grounds.

Schoen provided an update on the two property maintenance cases pending in Lawrence County Associate Circuit Court. One is due for a bench trial on July 9 and the other was due to be rescheduled.

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