BY KIM LANGSTON
MTN. SEE – The Mtn. View Municipal Golf Course has now received the last of its fleet of golf carts, just in time for a weekend tournament.
The fleet includes 12 trucks and two utility vehicles; after having a mechanical problem with a large utility vehicle, the golf cart company replaced it with two smaller ones. At Tuesday night’s regular city council meeting, aldermen approved a new contract with the company for an additional $1,500 to cover the difference of having two utility vehicles instead of one.
There has been talk of a new cell tower for US Cellular to be placed near the corner of Elm Street and East Third Street, close to Duncan Funeral Home and Mtn. See primary school. It was feared that the 30ft tower would be an eyesore on the funeral home’s property and could cause traffic visibility issues being so close to the school and in a high traffic area, especially since the school starts soon.
The construction would likely result in a short-term street closure, and city council members filed any action on the matter to ask US Cellular if there is another location that might work for the tower. City Attorney Deedra Nicholson was asked if there was a reason they couldn’t request a new location, and she said no, although she thought the East Third Street location was the second location requested by the company.
Mayor John Krasuski, East Ward Alderman Laura Wagner, and West Ward Alderman Punkie Stevenson and Lindell Vandevort attended the meeting; West Ward Alderman Murray Anderson was absent.
DSI Clean Burn of Sullivan, Illinois, won a bid for a new kiln at the Sanitation Department, costing $22,074, the lowest bid offered, and also the company the city used for its kiln and his service over the past 20 years. years. It was noted that a reimbursement grant of $20,000 for the purchase had been approved by the South Central Solid Waste District to help cover the costs. Other offers considered were from EW Sales Company at $24,008 and Four Seasons at $23,100.
It was voted to fix the number of citizen members of Mtn. See the Planning and Zoning Commission at seven, two more than the five members it currently has, but two less than the recommended nine, given the difficulty in finding nine members who could regularly sit on the commission . The commission may also include the mayor and a member of the municipal council, in addition to the citizen members, appointed by the mayor and approved by the members of the municipal council.
Current members will continue to serve and two additional members will be appointed.
Vandevort asked if commission members had to live within the city limits, and Nicholson replied that the ordinance simply specified “citizen”.
City council members also voted to raise garbage collection rates from $12 per month to $20 per month, for a maximum of three 33-gallon bags per week, with no more than 40 pounds of trash each. The fee increase will first apply to residents’ September bills.
Wagner mentioned the rising cost of fuel and tipping fees paid at the West Plains Solid Waste Transfer Station.
“I hate to do it, but we have to do it,” she said.
Towards the end of the meeting, with calls for questions from the audience, a citizen expressed concern about the sudden increase in the $8 fee, and Krasuski replied that although the increase should have been put in Implemented over several years at a slower pace, it had not been increased in over 20 years and was now needed for the city to adjust to rising service delivery costs. Compared to surrounding communities, Mtn. View had only just caught up to rates that other cities had been charging for some time, he added.
Another concern expressed by an audience member was the stop sign at the intersection of Pine Street and Highway 17, and some ambiguity as to where vehicles should stop, without line painted on the sign and some motorists appearing to be unaware that there was a stop on Pine Street. .
mtn. Police Chief Jamie Perkins said turning left at this location caused some motorists to cross the intersection and should not. It was decided that city officials would evaluate a solution to make the stop sign more visible, including painting a white line at the stop.
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