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.