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(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs City Council swore in two aldermen after verifying the recent election results at their most recent meeting April 16.

After verifying the election results, city clerk Gena Brook swore in Aldermen Troy Yonker and Alderwoman Susan Rackley.

After approving the consent agenda, which included bills, financial reports and a report from the YMCA, the council discussed existing business, which included Mayor Jay Waggoner signing a proclamation declaring the week of May 7-11 as National Pet Week in the city. Also, the council approved the motion to create an economic advisory committee, after City Administrator Bob Pollard discussed creating an economic development advisory committee to address moving forward with an economic development plan.

The council also heard from Bob Pollard on a roposal for updating the building permit fees. The council requested a formal ordinance revision for the next meeting. The council also approved the sale of surplus property.

In new business, a liquor license was approved for The Hang Out, and Pollard discussed the intent to secure a grant to extend Tenth Street to the business route. Preliminary engineering will be completed by Olsson Associates, the city’s engineering firm. The approximate cost is estimated at $250,000 to $500,000.

City Administrator Bob Pollard also discussed the recycling program, saying that the city has invested more and more city personnel and man hours to the volunteer program over recent years. Currently, the recycling program is maintained solely by city funds and personnel. Pollard proposed moving the recycle station currently located at city hall to the recycle center on Burnham Road. The move would mean fewer man hours transporting the recycle trailer to and from the recycle center on Burnham Road. Citizens would still have 24 hour access to drop off recyclables at the recycle center on Burnham Road.

City Police Chief Dan Dunn also discussed a MoDOT Highway Safety Grant application to provide funding for sobriety check points. The application was approved unanimously.

The next Willow Springs City Council meeting will be held May 22 at 6:30 PM.

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