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(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs City Council met the evening of Monday, May 26 for their regular session meeting.

After approving the consent agenda, the council approved a number of bills. Bill 88-12 became Resolution 88-12 which contracted concession operation for the water park and golf course for the 2012 season to Smiley’s Place, LLC. The council also approved Bill 89-12, which allows the city to participate in Natural Hazard Mitigation work with the county.

Other items discussed with at the meeting included the approval of continued lease of the Chamber of Commerce building by the chamber, and the purchase of a new storm siren for the city. Emergency Management Director Shawn Watson discussed the need to replace one of the storm sirens and offered 3 options to upgrade the city storm siren system as well as being in compliance with FCC regulations for narrow-band capabilities. City Treasurer Beverly Hicks explained that an expenditure for storm sirens was not in the 2012 budget, however there are funds set aside in an account that was previously established as a community fund from the sale of the police building back in 2000. The $9500 purchase was approved.

The council also discussed the possibility of “Level Billing” for utilities by the city, which was brought by a resident at the last meeting. Treasurer Beverly Hicks says that due to the recent changes in the billing cycle and the change in electrical supplier expected in 2013, the staff concurred that establishing a level billing program would not be in the city’s best interest. Hicks suggested interested individuals may pay extra towards their utilities in the summer months to help curb the burden during the winter months or vice versa.

The council also approved bids on equipment for the city, including two mowers, a golf cart, and the sale of 17 acres of land on CR 5640 to Coastal Energy for $21,250.

City Administrator Bob Pollard also discussed the relinquishment agreement the city has with MoDOT, and stated that the city would take over a section of Springfield Rd. from Main St. to Tenth St. in front of the MoDOT headquarters facility. The agreement passed 4-0.

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