LAURIE, Mo. – The Board of Aldermen on Wednesday raised water and sewer service rates for the City of Laurie.
As of April 1, 2013, the monthly rate for city water service will be $9.03 per 1,000 gallons. Sewer rates will increase to $7.26 for each 1,000 gallons of water usage per month. Usage will be read and billed to the nearest 10 gallons.
Biker rally tabled
The board tabled a request by Toys for Kids representatives Ben Lowe and Jack Daniels to hold a Toys for Kids Motorcycle Rally Fundraiser at the Laurie Park in July 2013. The board requested more detailed information about the event in order to make an informed decision. The event was proposed to run from Thursday-Sunday, July 4-7, with a $10 admission fee. Among the discussed potential event activities: a car show, vendors, camping, eight live bands, a barbeque, a biker rodeo, body airbrushing, a cake toss and a soul motorcycle ride. A board member suggested a tractor pull could be a good additional activity.
Motorcyclists from all over the nation would be invited to participate in the rally. The Toys for Kids group has active members in Camden, Morgan and Miller counties. Daniels told the board the funds generated would be distributed to children in the county where the funds were raised. “We would like this to become an annual festival,” he said.
The Toys for Kids group provides premature babies with beanie caps and distributes shoes and clothing to children affected by house fires. In discussing the event with the board, Daniels requested there not be “too many cops crawling around, because that may stop people from attending.” The board said there would have to be some kind of police presence.
City Clerk Olive Wood reported the candidate filings for the Laurie municipal elections started Tuesday, Dec. 11. Incumbent Karen Dobbins and candidate Chris Jackson filed for Ward II and Val Ites has filed for Ward I.
Billboard sign committee
The board approved Laurie Mayor Herb Keck’s appointments to the city billboard sign committee: Dennis Devine, Laurie Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jim Clark, Dick Dobbins, Diane Holtz and Laurie Public Works Director Ed Young. The committee will review the current Laurie sign ordinance and make suggestions for improvement. Mayor Keck also designated Steve Carraway, Eddie Bryant and Charles Myrick as advisors to the committee.
In other business, the board approved an ordinance adopting an annual city budget for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Laurie Public Works Director Ed Young also reported the Enchanted Village of Lights average attendance was up 44 percent over 2011. As of Dec. 10 the income had increased by more than $170.
The next meeting of the Laurie Board of Aldermen is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Laurie City Hall.