The Monroe City Board of Aldermen reports no decisions were made and no votes were taken in a contentious three-and-a-half hour executive meeting following the regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 6.

The Monroe City Board of Aldermen reports no decisions were made and no votes were taken in a contentious three-and-a-half hour executive meeting following the regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 6.

In other action during its regular open session the board accepted a revised ordinance dealing with the residency of appointed officials and approved its first reading. The second reading of the ordinance will be on the agenda of the next council meeting. According to state statutes, before a revised ordinance can become law, it must be read and approved by the board three times to give the public an opportunity to review and comment on the change. Previously, some boards have read the revised ordinances three times in the same meeting. After its first reading, the Monroe City board agreed to wait until its next meeting in order to give citizens a chance to review the new ordinance. A copy of the ordinance is available at city hall.

After hearing a report from city employee Jamie Allen about the problems his department was having with a Lincoln welder that was purchased in 2015, the board voted to allow the purchase of a new Miller welder from Hometown Auto. The cost of the new welder is $6,200 but Hometown Auto offered to allow the city $4,000 for the old welder making the purchase cost of the new welder $2,200. Funds for the purchase will come from the Cross Country Mapping budget.

City administrator Jackie Pangborn received permission to pay an additional $3,000 to the Missouri Department of Transportation for engineering services on the sidewalk project. MoDOT asked for the additional funds due to the large number of easements that will be needed to complete the project.

The city is working with the Conservation Department in a cost share program to eliminate multiflora rose along Route J. Pangborn reported the project was proceeding and bids would soon be solicited. The current phase of the project will cover approximately 77 acres. The city will be reimbursed $50 per acre.

A short discussion on the vacating of Berkley Street from East Summer north to the railroad tracks was held. Pangborn reported that a person who wants to spruce up the area but does not want to invest anything if it is still considered a city street had contacted her. The board asked city attorney John Wilcox to look into the matter.

The board approved the payment of $38,202.95 to Bross Construction Co. for work on the Airport project.

At the request of Mandi Kindhart the board unanimously approved the closure of Katherine and Court Streets and one-half of Vine Street at St. Jude Park to make room for displaying vehicles at a car show to be held as part of the upcoming July 4 celebration. Kindhart, who is serving as coordinator of the car show, noted to date other activities during the celebration will include the annual July 4th parade, a baby show and a dunking booth. There will also be various vendors scattered throughout the park.

In giving a Park board report, Alderman Connie Painter explained that the entrance to St. Jude Cemetery, the mausoleum and surrounding area had been cleaned up by city employees Keven O’Bryan and summer helper C.E. Talton with the assistance of several volunteers including herself, her daughter Zoie Painter and aldermen Jason Osbourne and Melissa Hays.

“I had a lot of complaints about the way that area looked last year. It took teamwork but I was so proud of the view the public had of the cemetery during the recent Memorial Day services and the Cemetery Walk,” Painter stated.