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Freistatt board approves relocation of building

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Freistatt Village Board of Trustees approved the moving of an 80 square foot storage building to the lawn next to the Freistatt Community Building. Action was taken during the board's January meeting.

Elmer Conway, who also serves in the Hubert Kleiboeker American Legion Post, said the Legion has maintained a storage building for many years on the property of past commander Leland Doss. The building contains walkers and other medical supplies used in the community.

Doss's widow, Erna, sold the property to her nephew. The Legion needed to relocate its building. Board members agreed to place the structure next to the #1 well, west of the Community Building. Several volunteered to help in the move.

Sewer operator Donald Robertson updated trustees on the status of the wastewater violation issued by the Missouri Department of Resources (DNR). Robertson went to DNR's office and learned the violation arose from a computer glitch. The computer issued the notice without the knowledge of the office staff. The violation was rescinded.

Clerk Deborah Schoen said a DNR violation notice came due to failure to receive a monthly water test. Schoen resent the copy of the report from the Freistatt and cleared up the issue.

Thanks to the updated softwear in the office computer, Freistatt utility customers have their new sewer rates for 2013 calculated and applied for the January billing.

In other business, Schoen reported making several attempts to update the report for the State Emergency Management System (SEMS), as requested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program. The report needs updating every three years. Schoen managed to get the file to open on her home computer and fortunately printed out the update.

Trustees approved the village's profit and loss statement for the year with final figures matching actual expenses. Schoen reported when the final bills were processed, the water system ran a deficit of the year totaling $454.01. The loss justified the rise in water rates implemented by trustees at the December meeting, she added.

The water system pumped 274,800 gallons in December. More than 13 percent of the total did not reach a meter. A water system specialist told Schoen a loss of that size was "not bad."

Utility customers paid $32.55 in late fees for the month.

Trustees will next meet on Feb. 14.

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