Council approves plans for Main Street banners

Thursday, August 7, 2008
Michele Holenda, assistant project director for the Cassville Community 2000's SPF SIG grant program, holds up a prototype for the banners the Coalition plans to hang along Main Street beginning this fall. The Coalition is making plans to purchase 40 banners, which will be emprinted with anti-teenage drinking slogans and "Welcome to Cassville" messages. Democrat Photo

The Cassville City Council approved plans presented by the Cassville Community 2000 Coalition to place brightly colored banners along Main Street. The banners will be printed with slogans aimed at combatting underage drinking along with a "Welcome to Cassville" message.

The project will be funded completely through the SPF SIG grant as part of the Coalition's 2008 publicity campaign. The weather-resistant fabric banners will be placed on light poles from the school campus to the south end of Main Street.

Michelle Holenda, assistant project director, attended Monday night's council meeting to ask for the aldermen's support for the project. She also invited council members to provide input on the banners' design and message.

"We would like to get the council's blessing and approval," said Holenda. "We think this is a good school pride, city pride project."

Holenda said the Coalition would be purchasing 40 banners. The five foot tall by two and a half foot wide banners will be imprinted with four to five different anti-underage drinking messages, which are still being formulated. One of the proposed messages reads: "Choice determines destiny . . . Don't be a party to underage drinking."

Barry Electric has told the Coalition that it will put up the banners and the brackets that are needed to hang them. The banners will be taken down from mid-November to the end of January to make room for holiday snowflakes.

After listening to Holenda's presentation, aldermen Dennis Baker, Pete Landstad, Terry Heinz and Sue Brattin voted unanimously to support the Coalition's project.

Mike Schlichtman, a member of the city's Airport Advisory Board, also addressed the council on Monday night.

Schlichtman spoke to the council about a proposed hangar expansion project submitted by J. Russell. He is asking for the city's permission to enlarge his hangar to make room for a second, larger airplane.

Schlichtman said he and fellow Advisory Board members Joe Cavness, Les Jacobs, Virgil Harrington and Eugene Dilbeck met at the airport on Monday to review Russell's plans and make a recommendation to the council.

"We looked at drainage, access in and out of the hangar and the traffic of other aircraft," said Schlichtman. "We don't think the expansion will be in the way of anything and it will make room for another, bigger airplane at the airport."

The council took no formal action on the proposal. City Administrator Mike Hayslip suggested that city engineer Roger Berg with Scott Consulting review the plans before the request is approved.

Schlichtman also reminded the council that the Airport Advisory Board was ready to assist the city with plans to grow the airport.

"You have five citizens who have an interest in the airport, and we're willing to go to work for you," said Schlichtman. "We're here; let us help."

In other business, the council:

* Discussed a request submitted by Scott Consulting to increase engineering fees by $5,950 to cover additional time spent on the project. In particular, Berg noted time spent negotiating easement issues with landowners and additional work to add a left turn lane and bike lane to the proposed roadway improvements.

* Paid bills totalling $131,730.75.

* Rejected a bid from Hutchens Construction to overlay Evans Road and Forest Circle. Hutchens submitted the lone bid of $45,862, which was 50 percent higher than the $30,000 the city budgeted for the project. The council opted to reject the bid and re-bid the project.

* Approved a resolution appointing Hayslip as the city's representative to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management Council. City Clerk Kelly Paul will serve as the alternate.

* Discussed a citizen's request to fly remote controlled airplanes at the airport. Due to concerns raised by the city's insurance provider and the FAA, city officials denied the individual's request.

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