Slater resident ready to demolish building on Main Street in Slater

Lynn Marr-Moore

Slater resident Casey Mallon informed the Slater City Council that he is ready for the property, located at 405 Main Street in Slater, to be transferred to his ownership. Mallon told the council members at the Aug. 10 Slater City Council meeting that he plans to demolish the building and build a new building. Mallon plans to apply for a $10,000 demolition grant through the city, and explained that he would not be asking for any economic development loans.

Mallon also reported to the council that the existing building had been tested for asbestos and that any has been removed. He also asked the council if they would waive the additional balance of the purchase price in the amount of $5,683. Council members told Mallon that the request would need to go before the Economic Development Incentive Fund Committee. Mallon said that he would submit the details of his request to the committee. The council told Mallon that the committee will submit its recommendation to the council at the next meeting on Sept. 14.

Slater Library Director Jennifer Gogerty was also present at the Aug. 10 meeting. Gogerty presented a summary to the council of the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

“There were 264 participants registered and over 130,000 minutes of reading that took place this summer,” Gogerty told the council.

She told the council that approximately 150 participants came to each of the speaker/presentations and that the response was so successful that the events had to be moved to the Slater Fire Station to accommodate the number of people attending. She also told the council that she had many volunteers helping this summer, which included students from both the Ballard Middle and High School.

The council heard the second reading of an ordinance that would set new water and sewer rates. The ordinance for both water and sewer would raise $0.01 per 100 cubic feet. The ordinance regarding the charge for a fee to connect to the city’s sewer would be $10.50 per month.

The final reading on both ordinances will be held at the Sept. 14 City Council meeting.

In other business, the council:

* Heard that the city engineer will have preliminary information about the sewer system upgrade by early September. The easement paperwork for the west expansion has been given to the property owners.

* Heard that Sarah Elmore has been hired for the part-time position helping out in the city clerk’s office. She will be paid $9 an hour.

* Approved the native wine liquor license for Casey’s General Store.

* Heard the consideration for an ordinance to establish a policy for the consideration and reconstruction of roadways and bridges on secondary roads. The ordinance must be in place in order for the city to receive any funds from FEMA, should a natural disaster cause damage to existing roadways.

* Approved a request from the Methodist Church to close Fourth Street from Story Street to the west to the alley for a celebration on Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.