Warsaw To Hold Election Of Mayor And Aldermen

Homer May
County Reporter
In late session Monday evening December 4, Warsaw Alderpersons approved an ordinance providing for a general election to be held in the City, for election of Mayor and three seats presently held by Aldermen Terry Marshall Sr., Adam Howe and Dave Williams. No present officeholder indicated whether he has decided to refile for his position. Filing opportunities begin December. 12 and end January 15.
The meeting opened at 6 PM, with Alderpersons Lou Breshears, Eric Masoner, Terry Marshall Sr, Adam Howe, present. Alderman Eric Flores was absent. Mayor Eddie Simons presided; City Clerk Jessica Kendall recorded. First business conducted was to approve the evening’s agenda, minutes of the group’s Nov. 6 and 13 meetings, then agree to pay bills presented.
Lynette Stokes, Executive Director, Benton County Tourism & Recreation, provided an update on BCTR’s proposed 2018 activities: first noting that she anticipates her group expects better collection results next year on monies due BCTR from the “bed tax.”  She added that BCTR intends to again financially support a Hwy 7 billboard, with assistance from the county’s cities. She also spoke of a planned tourism marketing video to include the Benton County Museum, and a press and media tour, plus a BCTR presence at four sports shows and the Missouri State Fair. And last, she asked the City for $20,000 in financial support for BCTR activities. Alderpersons wanted to know how Cole Camp and Lincoln are supporting BCTR, but approved Stokes’ request.
Susan Comer, the City’s Recreation Director, then detailed a planned Christmas on the Harbor event, with a parade to begin about 5:30 PM.  She said the event will require closure of several downtown streets for a period, to allow for a parade, following a 4 PM performance of a Christmas cantata in the Community Building.  Steve Guthrie, a People Service Manager, then asked for a five year extension of a contract between the City and People Service, for operation and maintenance of The City’s water and wastewater facilities. Mayor Simons commented that the City has a “great relationship” with People Service. Then under new business, the group approved an ordinance extending the contract.
In late session, the group also approved an ordinance outlining   estimated 2018 revenues of about $4,342,000 and expenditures of about $4,216,000, a revenue plus of about $125,000.  And in last business, People Service Manager Mark Breshears reported a few complaints about recent water bills, also added the sewer system has been experiencing several pump problems. He said   that American made sewer pumps, while perhaps a bit more expensive than foreign made pumps, are easier to get repair parts for.
The meeting closed about 6:40 PM to go into executive session. The open meetings are usually held on 1st and 3rd Mondays; visitors are welcome.
After leaving the meeting, I drove down past Drake Harbor Christmas light exhibits, which have been enhanced each year since this seasonal event began. The Riverboat exhibit, reflecting this area’s steamboat history, was particularly beautiful.