- City applies for grants

The east side of Commercial Street in front of Seymour City Hall soon will have parallel parking.

City Administrator Hillary Gintz said at last Thursday’s regular meeting of the Seymour Board of Aldermen that the city plans to apply for two grants from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA), the city’s insurance carrier.

If approved, nearly $4,300 in grant funding will come Seymour’s way.

Both are partial grants.

The first is for a surveillance system to be located at the Seymour Police Department on the south side of the square.

Cost of the system is $4,468.

“It would provide video and audio surveillance inside the police department, plus outdoor cameras at the back garage and on the west side of the building,” Gintz explained, adding that the grant would cover 60 percent of the cost.

In that scenario, MIRMA would pay $2,687 toward the system, while the city would pay $1,791.

“That money (the city’s $1,791 share) is in the police’s budget,” she said.

The second grant is for a sewer crane for the city’s sewer department.

Cost of the crane is $3,528.21.

“It would lift the mixers and pumps at the wastewater treatment plant,” Gintz explained. “There’s a definite need. If we get (the grant), we would look at mounting the crane in our older truck for the sewer department.”

For this grant, the city’s share would be $1,941.41, while MIRMA would pay $1,586.80.

In other business last Thursday night, the aldermen:

• Set the city’s meetings for November and December.

In November, both city meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays fall on holidays — Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, while Nov. 25 is Thanksgiving.

The aldermen decided that there will only be one meeting in both November and December.

The November meeting is set for Thursday, Nov. 18.

The December meeting is set for Thursday, Dec. 9.

• Learned from Gintz that traffic at the citywide cleanup held Oct. 2 through Oct. 10, a total of nine full days, was a success.

However, the volume of junk was way down.

“Requiring people to show their city utility bills was a smart thing to do,” she said. “We ended up with 1-1/2 empty dumpsters. Only one person attempted to enter and dispose of junk wasn’t a city resident.”

Gintz added that city workers said “traffic at the cleanup was much slower than normal.”

Regardless, there were 340 loads deposited at the event over nine days.

• Received an update about signs for the new parallel parking soon to be enacted on the east side of Commercial Street, next to Seymour City Hall.

“The signs now are in,” Gintz told the aldermen.

The hope is that before month’s end, the new parking plan will be in place, which will create parallel parking in the spots alongside city hall.

• Reappointed Chuck Replogle as the city judge.

The term is for two years.

Replogle, R-Marshfield, has held the position since he was elected as an associate-circuit judge for Webster County.

• Approved an ordinance amending the salary of Seymour’s next mayor. (See separate story.)

• Gave Terry Penner, the city’s community-development director, approval to go forward in a project to work with the Seymour YMCA for a joint billboard on the north side of U.S. 60, just south of Kleier Farm & Home.

The aldermen also learned that with the assistance of Penner, the Seymour Lions Club received a $3,000 grant from the Se-Ma-No Electric Foundation to purchase a new slide in the playground at the city’s South Park.

The new slide has a price tag of $7,500.

Additional fundraising efforts for the slide are set for Saturday, Nov. 20, when the city’s park board will have a chili feed in front of the historic Owen Theatre during the kickoff of the city’s “Shop Seymour This Christmas” event.

At the chili feed, Anthony and Renee Kelly of Seymour’s Dynomite Fireworks will match all money raised on a dollar-for-dollar basis, Penner reported.

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