12:47 PM

It was routine business at the last board of alderman meeting in Crane on January 28th.

Crane police chief John Elmore reported that one reserve police officer resigned "due to other commitments."  Elmore told the board that he expects another reserve officer to resign "in the near future."

City Administrator Bob Savage noted that the fire department budget was affected by the cost of building and equipment repairs.  He also stated that municipal court revenue is down.

The board approved travel and training expenses of $700 for court clerk Randi Walker.

Mr. Savage also reported that he has spoken with representatives from Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding well #4. Beginning this week, the city will begin filter testing and "will be required to participate in a six-month weekly sample program and do turbidity testing."

Savage also told board members that he "has received letters, mostly favorable, from the public" about the annexations of the right of ways of Highways D and Highway 413.  Negotiations with MoDOT concerning the proposed annexation continues, according to Savage.

An issue regarding compensation for the fire chief was removed from the agenda "due to lack of action."

Board members also approved a new ordinance that allows the city to enter into a mutual aid agreement with the Forestry Division of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Another ordinance concerning counterfeit drugs like K2 or synthetic marijuana as drug offenses was also approved.

The board is still considering recommendations for a citizen to represent Crane on the Stone County Extension board.  

Bills presented for payment were; electric $5,586.05, general revenue $15,739.64, parks $283.73, trash $10,805.79, street $2,500.23, and water $6,941.67.