During its last meeting, the council voted to install a new water filter for the residence of Cathy Mather in an effort to alleviate water issues related to a water line at the south end of the town. After nearly a month with the filter in her home, Mather noted an improvement in water quality while the rest of the residences connected to the line continued to see discoloration, taste and smell issues. The council elected to install filters in each home connected to the line and will replace them as needed. This will serve as a temporary solution to the water issue until the line can be replaced.
The council discussed funding options for necessary renovations at the city’s wastewater lagoon. The conversation centered on weighing options between a state revolving fund and USDA loans. No decision was made as the topic was tabled until more detailed numbers could be provided.
It was also decided the council would sign a grant as the primary fund holder on behalf of the Blazers baseball team and West Nodaway R-I school district to acquire funding for remodeling of the field, cookshack and fencing of the city’s baseball field. The entities are seeking funding from the Gladys Rickard Charitable Trust. After an initial meeting between Nodaway County Economic Development’s Josh McKim, the groups received positive feedback from the trust board. The application deadline is Monday, October 15; an application will be submitted Friday, October 12.
Mather, who serves as president of the Rolla Dicks American Legion Auxiliary Unit 315, announced to the council, and those present, the unit will host a veterans night dinner. Veterans and their spouses will eat for free Friday, November 9. The dinner is in honor of Veterans Day.
Mayor Justin Plymell read a proclamation congratulating Sharon Slagle for being named department president for the Missouri American Legion Auxiliary. She has spent many years as president of the local auxiliary of the American Legion.
During the Alliance report, it was announced there has been flushing of all hydrants as a part of its routine biannual schedule. The flushing may result in water pressure issues throughout the town, especially in the early morning.