Well it’s certainly been a busy news week here in Exline, so we’ll dive right in.
The Fourth of July festivities were a great hit this year, and the weather was super for our 10th annual celebration. The Fireworks Committee would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who donated their time and the following sponsors: Drake Simmental, Leach Farms, Exline Community Betterment, Exline Royal Neighbors, The Exline Recreation Committee, The City of Exline, Thomas Funeral Home, Exline Ramblers, Lange Funeral Home, Fire Line Bluegrass, Brad and Shawn Hook Family, Dr. Craig Stater, Tubaugh Family Chiropractic, Exline Builders and the Iowa Missouri Gas Engine Club. Without your generous help and efforts, we couldn’t have such a wonderful celebration.
There were 38 yummy pies entered in the Fourth of July pie contest. Our six judges came away smiling and maybe a little bit heavier. The winners were Grand Champion Hope Hancox, Reserve Grand Champion Donna Timmons, first place in double crust division Sandy Whitehill and second place Jean Leach and single crust winners were first place Penny Sharp and second place Tracey Campbell.
The “Cutie Contest” winners were: in the 5-6 age group, first place Kennady Beeson, second place Olivia Vanderlinden and third place Gage Swan: in the 4-5 age group, first place Jenni Agan, second place Jaxton Joiner and third place Kylie Ewing: in the 3-4 age group, first place Kenna Lancaster, second place Zayla Elarton and third place Addyson Faris: in the 2-3 age group, first place Mason Ford, second place Aubry Owens and third place Lilly Hamlin: and in the 1-2 age group, first place Emersyn VanderLinden and second place Lauren Burger.
The motorcycle show winners were Best of Show new bike Dennis McClure, Best of Show old bike David Duffey and Peoples Choice Joe Mulvaney.
The Exline Citizen of the Year award is shared this year by Jim Burns and Shawn Tate. Thanks so much for all that you have done for our community.
The Exline City Council met at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of July 9 and here’s a rundown of the discussion. The minutes for last month’s meeting were approved, as were the bills for the month. There was some discussion about an outstanding bill from Orscheln’s Farm and Home.
Annette Sinclair expressed her concern to the council about the new Alliant franchise fee added to Exline resident’s electrical bills. Mayor Casteel explained that the one percent local option tax that had previously been charged was no longer added and that the increase was actually only an additional dollar and a half for each $100 of peoples’ bills. It should cost each household about $20 more per year on average and the revenue to the City will go mainly towards road repairs. The fee will be in effect for 25 years. There was some discussion over whether there was proper posting of a notice on this fee.
Jill Sharp expressed concern to the City Council over a pit bull dog running loose in town and that she was afraid for the safety of her daughter. The Mayor said that he would speak to the Sheriff’s Office about better enforcement of the ordinance. Brett Sinclair asked about City drainage water washing out his pond, and the Council decided to have a local contractor, Mike Leach, look at the problem to see what could be done. Jamie Laydendorf (Sorry Jamie if I got the spelling wrong) had a question about clean up day and the City’s demand for her to demolish a garage, along with some rumors that had circulated over the issue. The Mayor assured her that she still had some time to do the work, but that it must be done.
There was some discussion about the location of some lots at the Cemetery. Council Member Jim Burns reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be in town to review some storm damage, and that if they awarded funds for repairs, they would pay 75 percent of the cost, with the state matching 10 percent and the city having to match with 15 percent. The Council voted to approve a request by the Recreation Committee to erect a new swing set in the city park. And the Council voted to pay annual membership dues of $161 to Chariton Valley Planning and Development, hoping that agency would make funds available for some city residents to make home improvements.
Don’t forget that the Royal Neighbors rummage sale will be Aug. 2-3 and there will be an Ice Cream Social on August 24. Maryanne Hurley held five pie baking classes shortly before the Fourth of July and is interested in doing more. If you are interested, contact her.
Have a great week, and remember that if you have an item you would like to have reported in the Exline news, there is a collection box at the Exline store.