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Aldermen of Holts Summit discuss roundabout project

The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen discussed plans for an upcoming roundabout project on Tuesday.

MODOT is overseeing construction of the traffic circle near the eastbound on-ramp to Highway 54; the project is currently in the early planning stages.

Council discussed how to lay out the large inner circle of the roundabout. One option is to fill the area with concrete, while the other option is to set up a landscaping project.

The aldermen suggested they supported the landscaping option, but did not discuss what the project might be. The project should not start before 2024.

In other cases, council discussed some of the staffing issues at the police department, which currently has seven full-time officers. Council was told the department was having difficulty hiring new officers for full-time positions.

The police chief said he has four candidates interested in working part-time for the police department. He suggested taking two current full-time positions and converting them into four part-time jobs. Officers would not work 40 hours a week, he said.

All four candidates are experienced, so they would need little training before they could start active duty, he said. He added that they are local residents and have recently left other police departments to operate small businesses.

The board authorized the conversion of the two full-time positions to part-time positions.

In other cases counsel

• Agreed to enter into an agreement with SchraGIS Solutions to provide professional Geographic Information Systems services and support to Holts Summit.

• Passed a bill related to policies for disclosing potential conflicts of interest. This bill also concerns the substantial interests of certain elected municipal officials of the city. This ordinance must be readopted every two years.

The council must file its finances with the Missouri Ethics Commission, like any other City of Holts Summit employee who has access to the city treasury. This is a state law in Missouri.

The bill passed with all aldermen in favour.

• Authorized the publication of semi-annual financial statements, which provide a detailed view of the profits, expenses and net revenues of several Holts Summit departments such as administration, parks and recreation, police and transportation. Full statements will be available for viewing online.

• Awarded an $11,994 tender to the Independent Salt Company for the purchase of sodium chloride, which helps control ice buildup on streets during winter.

• Awarded a $680,322.40 construction tender to Brulez Trenching LLC for a new pump station and mainline project.

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