Seligman CC shuts down public water fountains

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Aldermen in the city of Seligman have ordered locks placed on the frost-free water spigots at both city parks because residents who have had their water service cut off were transporting water from the park to their homes. The move came during the regular June meeting of the Seligman City Council.

City Clerk Brian Nichols reported that he is working diligently with customers to bring past due accounts current in order to avoid disconnecting water service to those residents.

In the police report, Seligman Police Chief Marion Jacobson reported 107 traffic stops in May with 63 citations issued and eight arrests made.

Jacobson also reported that Cpl. Gary Thornton was pursuing code enforcement and had reported several dangerous buildings under investigation.

Parts have been ordered to upgrade the city's storm sirens to a narrow band frequency, but it was reported they are expected to take from 10 to 12 weeks to arrive.

Aldermen discussed having a generator inspected by an electrician to make sure it is in good working order prior to installing it at the water tower. Once it is determined the unit is in working order, aldermen will seek bids on pad construction in order to remain in compliance with Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations.

Council members also discussed the condition of both north and south Blockade Village Streets where the chip and seal is in need of replacement or repair.

Aldermen approved the motion to seek bids for those projects.

The police department and one alderman received a citizen complaint about the city library staffers allowing a young cardholder to check out a movie DVD that contained adult content. Councilmen determined it is not the library staff's duty to "parent minors that enter the library." Aldermen approved leaving the library policy up to Nichols, who also serves as library director.

Nichols reported checking with several other libraries in the area that use a color-coding system to indicate age appropriate materials. Nichols said he would implement a color-coding system that will make patrons aware of the movie ratings as suggested by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

No formal complaint was lodged against the library in regards to the incident. Nichols feels the complaint stemmed from the parent being ticketed for failing to return or replace the DVD.

In other library news, Nichols reported 579 accounts, 12 of which are new. Public access computers currently have 103 user logins.

In other business, aldermen:

* Approved selling bulk water at a rate of 25-cents for 55 gallons.

* Established a tax-exempt account at Sam's Club.

* Tabled a discussion about remodeling Seligman City Hall.

* Continued with bond refinancing procedures.

* Approved seeking quotes for radios for the water department.

* Established a separate court training fund according to state statute.

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