The original logo was created in the 1960’s. In addition to using the same logo with fresh graphics two stars were added on each side.
A second public hearing was held on the tax rate for MPR which will remain the same as the year before. There were no comments on the rate at the meeting with the rate slated to be $0.6421 per $100 of taxable value. There will be another public meeting Sept. 17 and the final meeting on the Sept. 27.
Rachel Moger was elected to be Miss Flame for the upcoming year. Rachel is a junior at Belton High School, an FFA officer and on the swim team.
Jan Stone was selected to replace Glenna Curry on the library board. Curry is moving and submitted her resignation. The council approved the minutes from the August 13, 22, and 27 meetings.
The engineering firm the city uses has recommended that the city reject a request for an easement for drainage easement for The Oaks at Lakewood. The city is also looking into a request by the Army Corps to annex several pieces of their property including Rogers Park, Oakmont Park and the marina. They are currently working on leasing agreements on these properties.
The lake level is 12 feet below conservation pool requirements and the marina was moved 6 more feet further out into the lake. With low lake levels the boat ramp near the swimming pool will be repaired at a cost of $850.
National Night Out is Oct. 1 starting at 6 p.m. The night is designed to create community awareness on fighting crime by having a night were neighborhoods meet in the open.
The fire department responded to 30 calls in August including two grass fires and three boater incidents. Code enforcement followed up on 22 incidents last month after they were previously reported to the property owner.
Volunteers gave 120 hours of service work to the Mary Ruth Briggs Library and 28 books were added. The maintenance department installed new city signs on 15 streets last month. The marina was able to remove old tires near the bank due to lower lake levels.
The police department responded to 1627 calls in August and made five arrests. There have been only 14 traffic accidents this year in the community. The department is usually the busiest during the summer months. The department has made 29 arrests this year and only 15 assaults were reported in seven months in comparison to 9,956 calls for service.