Skidmore Newton Hall

The Skidmore Board of Aldermen meets monthly at Newton Hall to discuss needs. Most recently the board approved a sewer rate increase and an updated animal ordinance. 

SKIDMORE, Mo. — At its regular meeting last week, the Skidmore Board of Aldermen set into motion clearing the alley beside City Hall.

The board discussed and approved clearing items from the alley beside City Hall between State Highway 113 and South Orchard Street.

“Get ‘R done,” said Alderman Tim Slagle.

According to court documents, a motion hearing was held Oct. 7, in Rick Stanton’s case against the city of Skidmore. Judge Corey Keith Herron denied Stanton’s request for continuance and took up the city of Skidmore’s motion for civil contempt, which seeks only to direct Stanton to comply with city ordinances that the court found him to be in violation of on Aug. 8.

“He’s gone to court and been told he’s in violation,” said Skidmore Mayor Tracy Shewey.

City Clerk Meagan Morrow intended to call regional junk haulers to ask for pricing and a location to store the items removed.

The city will be required to store the items until such a time as Stanton can pay for the cost of removal and to haul it to another location.

“What do we do if he puts more out there?” asked Alderman Jeanise Schwebach.

The board agreed it will work to keep the alley clear, which will only increase the cost for Stanton to reacquire his property. 

Stanton has several properties throughout the town many of which are filled with items he has told The Forum previously are part of his business. On the corner of State Highway 113 and Elm Street, he has stacked numerous large green spools and wooden pallets.

Tying in with the case, city leaders also approved the purchase and installation of a security system for City Hall. 

“We need cameras,” said Alderman Sandy Wright. “One outside and one inside for the safety of the clerk.”

Morrow was asked to do some pricing and request bids from Andy Woods and Midwest Data Services.

Ordinances

The Board of Aldermen approved an increase to the city sewer rate and an updated animal ordinance.

The minimum charge for water will be $24, up from $18, for the first 1,500 gallons. The user will be charged 50 cents for each additional 1,000 gallons thereafter. Rates for users outside the city will continue to be the same as those within the city.

The increase in rate is required in order to receive funding for the sewer treatment plant upgrade required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The animal ordinance updates included mainly wording, however, no resident may keep, harbor, maintain or have in their possession more than six dogs or cats of either sex over the age of 6 months. With regard to barking or vicious dogs, the board approved that any written valid complaints will result in a first offense fine of $25. For a second offense the charge is $100 and the dog is to be removed from city limits.

If any dog bites, the dog is to be immediately removed from the city.

Other news

  • Mayor Tracy Shewey told board members that Midland Surveying survey the Depot Museum property in the next couple of weeks.
  • Morrow said the city has all street signs at Newton Hall except for three, but all need to be installed. City employee Marvin Sumy said he would work to get them installed.
  • The board approved a bid of $239.25, for guttering Newton Hall from Andy Woods.
  • Board members discussed Jamie Price’s bid of $13,500 for the ceiling and roof work needed at Newton Hall, but decided to seek other bids. Shewey said the bids could be for all of the work or part of the work. Both sides of the ceiling inside the building needs replaced and one side of the roof. The city requests that bids be in by Wednesday, Nov. 13.
  • The board approved contacting Clinton L Allen to move a large and old headstone away from a tree at the Masonic Cemetery. The cost was estimated to be about $450.

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