Like many cities in southern Missouri, Seymour has a historic caboose from the San Francisco & St. Louis Railroad Company (Frisco) on display.
But unlike many of those cities, Seymour’s caboose is in a state of disrepair.
That situation soon will be remedied.
Last Thursday at its regular meeting, the Seymour Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 to restore and repaint the old caboose that now sits at the city’s South Park.
Sunbelt Environmental Services will wet scrape paint for $2,200.
“We did test the paint now on the caboose, and it is lead paint,” City Administrator Hillary Gintz said. “That being the case, we can’t just remove it ourselves — it has to be taken off by professionals who are licensed to do it.”
However, once the paint is scraped, city workers will spring into action.
Gintz said city crews will repaint the old caboose with red paint using sprayers.
“The professional quote to do this was $10,000,” she told the aldermen. “Since we already have the red paint that was donated by BNSF (the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company), our guys can do it and actually are pretty excited about doing it.”
She noted that black, white and yellow paint also must be purchased to complete the job.
In other city action Thursday, the aldermen:
• Approved a kindergarten parade to be held on the north side of the Seymour square this Friday evening.
The parade steps off at 6 p.m.
Parade patrons can park on the north side of the square, which is the event’s short route.
Featured will be the 2020 kindergarten graduates from the Seymour Elementary School.
• Learned the city’s upgraded and redesigned website will be up and running this week. (See separate story.)
• Hired Terry Penner as administrator of the C.A.R.E.S. (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding program for the city. (See separate story.)
• Took on sponsorship of the community-wide garage sale each spring and fall, beginning this fall.
Part of the sale includes publishing a map of all sales in the city of Seymour on the designated weekend each spring and fall.
Sign-ups for the community-wide garage sales will take place at the Webster County Citizen office, located on the west side of the Seymour square.
• Provided financial reimbursement to the Seymour Community Development Association (SCDA) for flowers that were planted in the Jim & Becky Sharon Memorial Garden at the entry to the city square on Main Street.
Future flowers and supplies needed to keep the garden in good condition will be reimbursed by the city.
• Gave approval to Seymour Police Chief Steven Pogue to purchase eight new body cameras for his department.
The current cameras used by officers are in poor condition and aren’t compatible with new technology.
In about a month, Pogue’s force will receive the new cameras, an eight-camera docking station, hard drive and 32 GB of storage for each camera.
The price tag is $4,999. The cameras will come from the Global Security Network Inc. in Frazier Park, Calif.
Also included with the cameras is a laptop computer for downloading.
Pogue told the aldermen that money remained in the police department’s budget for this purchase.
Aldermen approved the purchase 4-0.
• Learned that as of last week, the city’s 2019-20 budget, which began last July 1 and ends this June 30, is $424,807 in the black with revenue of $4,865,965 and expenditures of $4,441,158.
The 2018-19 fiscal year showed the city with a loss of $514,878, while the final result for the 2017-18 fiscal year was a loss of $194,409.
The current fiscal year is projecting to be the city of Seymour’s best financial year in nearly two decades.