Seligman mayor hands out top awards

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Seligman City Council presented 2008 Mayoral Awards to four individuals at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 12.

Janet Ballard received the Woman of the Year Award, and Wendell Bishop received the Man of the Year Award.

"Janet came to town and started probably one of the best programs we have ever had and that is the GED program," said Mayor Duane Corn. "Not only has she started that program, but she also does anything we ask her to do for the city. If anyone deserves this award, it is her."

Bishop was selected as Man of the Year after he helped the city with a major water system repair. Over the last year, Bishop also helped organize and promote Seligman's monthly community dances.

"Wendell has really helped get the community involved in those monthly events," said Corn. "He does everything he can to help make our community stronger."

The council also presented a Spirit Award to Kenneth Haynes, who decorates the city's Christmas tree each year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Hayes, who portrays Santa Claus at community events.

In old business, the aldermen received an update on a 400-square-foot addition that is currently being constructed on the south side of the Seligman Library.

The council approved the construction of the library addition and a 160-square-foot storage building in December of 2008. The project is being paid for by capital improvement funds.

According to a report reviewed by the aldermen at the January meeting, the city has spent around $6,600 on the library addition to date. These funds have covered excavation work, a termite pre-treatment, lumber and other building materials.

In new business, the council approved the 2009 street plan.

Areas included in this year's plan are: Heritage Heights; the south end of Walker; West Lightfoot; the south end of Eggleston; Main Street from Highway DD to Ruby's gas station; and Main Street from the Dollar General Store to Highway 37.

Corn estimated that the street improvement project will cost around $59,598. The estimate includes a $2,000 expenditure for manhole risers and a 10 percent variance.

"The Missouri Department of Transportation is going to do their part of Main Street at the same time," said Corn. "Then they will stripe the street."

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

* Heard that Seligman was one of three cities nominated for the Missouri Rural Water Association's Lagoon Wastewater System of the Year Award.

* Voted to apply $7,669.16 in earned interest to the balance owed on the city's new back hoe.

* Extended an agreement that will allow the city to irrigate wastewater onto land that is owned by a Seligman resident. The new agreement expires in 2031.

* Voted to renew a $100,000 CD and a $50,000 CD at Bank of Seligman for 3.75 percent interest.

* Reviewed the end-of-the-year law enforcement report, which showed 528 traffic stops, 440 tickets, 166 warnings, 65 arrests and 204 service calls.

* Appointed Andrew Hager as the city's new municipal court judge.

* Reviewed the police report, which showed 22 speeding citations.

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