4:21 PM

Bob Savage

City leaders in Crane approved the release of $1,139 for the construction of walls and the relocation of a water heater for the new fire station at the January 13th Board of Alderman meeting.

It also appears that voters will decide if they want fluoride put in drinking water in either April or November. City administrator Bob Savage says a local dentist supports fluoridation.

Savage, will present alderman with an update on the recent public hearing regarding the voluntary annexation along Highway 413 and Highway D at the next meeting.

The first reading of a bill proposing a mutual aid agreement between the city and the Department of Conservation was held.  Part of the agreement would allow the city the use equipment owned by the DOC, including a brush hog.

A resolution amending language regarding drugs and alcohol seized by police was approved and "allows the city to fall in line with state statute," said Savage.

Another issue addressed at the meeting had to do with the city joining a resolution with the Missouri Board of Alderman and the Board of Public Words that opposes the passage of law by the general assembly that would limit local control and cost recovery of usage of city owned utility assets by privately owned companies.

If the law passes as it is written now, companies (like telephone and cable) would not have to pay municipalities for their usage.  "The City of Crane owns all our poles," said Savage.  "We want to control what goes on as a city."

A Local Law Enforcement Block Grant in the amount of $6, 900 was received by the city to help in the purchase of MOSWIN radio's for the police department.

Local resident Sharon Ellis told the board she wanted to commend the police department after two members of the force, Travis Sanders and Nick Manderis, had helped her recently.

Board members also agreed to change some street signs that do not meet 9-1-1 guidelines.

Bills approved for payment were electric $2486.10; general revenue $6,245.03; parks $283.73; trash $10,805.79; street $2,142.08, and water $6,569.93.