SKIDMORE, Mo. — In closed session after its regular meeting May 14, the Skidmore Board of Aldermen approved hiring new city attorney, Miles B. Figg, of Andereck, Evans, Lewis, Figg & Battagler, LLC, in Smithville.

According to information provided in the special session before the regular meeting, Figg will charge the city a $500 retainer to attend the city’s monthly meetings. He’ll also be available at an hourly rate of $155 per hour charged in one-tenth increments.

Figg told the board he’d like to attend meetings regularly for six months to a year, then perhaps that could be reduced.

He provided information about his history representing municipal entities. For about two years, he has represented the city of Princeton, Missouri another fourth-class city, with a population of about 1,100 people.

“I have a great relationship with my council, my mayor, my clerks in Princeton,” he said. “Princeton’s a little bit larger but it’s also a class four size city and I’m actually really proud of a lot of the changes and things I’ve been able to be a part of there.”

According to the 2019-2020 Secretary of State Missouri Roster, a 4th Class city has a population requirement of 500-2,999 and can have a mayor/board of aldermen or mayor/city administrator/aldermen form of government.

Incorporated in 1880, the city of Skidmore is listed in the 2019-2020 Missouri Roster, as a fourth-class city with a population of 284 at the time of the 2010 Census. The estimated population in 2017 was 228.

“I’m familiar with rural northwest Missouri. I love it,” he told the board. “I sort of found in my practice that I like representing cities.”

Before the board approved Figg as the city’s latest attorney, it listened to his counsel through the regular meeting, where he provided information on several topics including: protocols for violation and nuisance property letters; not compensating elected officials for “extra” work done in the name of the city; and possible consolidation and removal of agenda items.

At the end of the regular meeting, Mayor Sandy Wright pointed out one new change to the monthly agenda. Public comments will only be allowed during the designated time at the end of the meeting, according to the Missouri Municipal League she said.

“It’s been allowed at previous meetings, but we are actually supposed to be holding a meeting here,” she said. “At the end we will allow the public to speak. But in order for us to get through our itinerary and our agenda, we really need to focus on this and then we’ll let you all speak at the end.”

She explained to speak to the council during a meeting, residents should contact City Clerk Meagan Morrow at least 24 hours before the meeting to have their name and topic added to the agenda.

Other business

  • The board approved hiring Bud’s Sewer Service, of St. Joseph for sludge removal from the city’s two Imhoff tanks to the Maryville Treatment Plant. The city hasn’t been able to land apply the sludge because only one field in the area has the required PH level for it and the timing has been off the last few seasons. PeopleService operator Jonathan Eckstein who told the board the city should try to apply at least twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall, will contact Bud’s for the service.
  • The citywide garage sale has been canceled for the year.
  • As part of a push to update the city’s ordinances, the board unanimously approved updates to three including: 2020-Tubes and Alleys, 2020-City Clerk/Treasurer and 2020-Water Superintendent. “We will work on a few more next month,” Mayor Sandy Wright told the board.
  • The board approved paying city employee Marvin Sumy a flat fee of $50 for his extra work pushing down the trash during the city’s biannual dumpster weeks. They also voted to pay Kenny Shewey $60 for help during the February hydrant flushing.
  • Board members voted to remove former mayor Tracy Shewey, former alderman Rick Allen and former city treasurer Doris Diggs from the checking, the 9500 and the water bond accounts at U.S. Bank.
  • The board approved adding Mayor Sandy Wright as an authorized administrator to the city’s checking account as well as she and Morrow to the water reserve bond account at U.S. Bank.
  • Alderman Jeanise Schwebach moved to close the 9500 account and transfer the just over $500 to the city checking account.

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