The Washburn City Council approved its annual donation to the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 17.
Prior to approving the annual donation, Police Chief Doug Henry stated that he feels the city is donating too much to the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force. Henry suggested the council either decrease the amount of money donated to the organization or discontinue the annual contribution.
The aldermen voted to donate $250 to the Drug Task Force. Last year, the city contributed $1,000 to the organization. The remainder of the budgeted funds will be donated to the Southwest Coalition of Excellent Decision-Makers, which sponsors drug-free activities for students who attend the Southwest R-V School District.
During the September meeting, the aldermen also approved expenses for several training events.
The council voted to allow City Clerk Sue Rose and Finance Manager Janie Mulkey to attend the Southwest Missouri City Clerk and Finance Officer Association's meeting in Republic.
Rose and Mulkey also received permission to attend the Office Professional's Seminar at Lake of the Ozarks, and the council approved lodging expenses for a grant writing class scheduled to be held in Jefferson City.
In other business, the Washburn City Council:
* Heard that the Washburn Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13.
* Hired Andrew Hager, Jr., as the city's new court judge.
* Voted to pay Rose for photos that were taken during the construction of the city's new well.
* Approved new employee evaluation forms.
* Decided to require a letter of proof of medical hardship for overdue utility accounts.