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Southwest City council members again discussed the installation of security cameras at Blankenship Park, as well as a light over the playground, during the regular meeting on Tuesday. Security cameras were previously approved and purchased, but a decision was needed on where they should be placed.

Mayor David Blake said he spoke with representatives from Empire Electric about installing a light in the park. Empire Electric would then be responsible for maintaining the light.

Resident Kenny Brookner suggested an LED light powered by a solar panel.

Council members weighed the pros and cons of each, and Mayor Blake said he will research both alternatives further.

Recent motorists on Main Street in Southwest City may have noticed an increased aura of seasonal festivity. The town is hosting a hay bale contest in which local businesses decorate a hay bale and then viewers place their votes via Facebook. Each business' bale is posted on the city of Southwest City, Mo. Facebook page and each "like" on a photo is tallied as a vote towards the bale. Voting ends Oct. 25 and the winner will be announced Oct. 26.

Departmental Reports

Mayor Blake spoke with council members regarding the low water level at the lake in Blankenship Park.

Fire Chief Shane Clark reported one grass fire, one mutual-aid structure fire and one roll-over at Blankenship Park.

On the public works side, director Shane Clark reported clearing brush and patching holes on Liberty Street and Bluebird Lane. The street department has also cleared brush along South and Comanche streets. The water department is anticipating a valve replacement on Broadway Street, and the wastewater department is working to clean and repair the east clarifier.

Police Chief Bud Gow presented the council with an application for reserve hiring of Melissa Kingsbury, noting he has known Kingsbury for 15 years and vouching for her credibility. Reserves provide additional coverage at no extra cost to the city. Gow said it would be especially beneficial during special events like the Third of July or parades. The council voted to approve Kingsbury as a reserve officer.

Assistant City Clerk Danielle Smith said she and City Clerk Missy Zinn have been preparing the 2019 budget and updating customer information for filing.

In other business, Clerk Smith reminded council members about the upcoming spaghetti dinner and dessert auction at the Southwest City Senior Center. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Dinner is $7 for adults and $5 for children age 5 to 12.

General News on 10/11/2018

Print Headline: SWC council discusses placement of security cameras, lights

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