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Site For New Bio Mass Suggested To Bethany City Council

Bethany City Administrator Jacob Taylor suggested that the city consider a new alternative site for the relocation of the bio waste facility. Administrator Taylor reported to Bethany’s Board of Aldermen Monday night that burning is not allowed by the Department of Natural Resources within 600 feet of any building that is not owned by the city. The proposed site on the northeast side of Bethany has several buildings within that distance. If the site continues to be used, the city would continue to transfer yard waste to the burn site. A new site selection was suggested to be located outside the city limits. Administrator Taylor also reported that the city is in a financial position to potentially reduce trash pick up costs next year and seek a suitable replacement bio waste site. The city is carrying over $284,000 in its Solid Waste Fund.

Administrator Taylor also reported that work is being done to develop a non-profit organization that will be created by the Board of Aldermen for the Missouri Main Street project. By-laws will be reviewed by the city’s attorney. Those will be reviewed by the Board of Aldermen at the next meeting.

Council members approved a Volunteer Program that allows a city employee to accrue pre-approved volunteer time toward Paid Time Off. There would be a cap of 16 volunteer hours each year.

Bethany’s Council approved a bid for gear on a new police vehicle. Police Chief Brian Holloway also told council members that the department is exploring the use of American Rescue Plan money to purchase transport cages for city vehicles.

Council members agreed to purchase Renewable Energy Credits over the next 5 years. They total just over $4,000 of that term. The purchase agreement is part of the application for the city’s charging station.

Bids for the materials for the Highway Lighting Project were approved. Graybar received the bid. The project will now be a spring 2022 project.

City Treasurer Amber Hoyle will meet with council members at their November meeting regarding potential natural gas costs and their effect on the city budget for 2022.

The city’s streets will be blocked off the square for the Bethany’s Chamber of Commerce Scare on the Square event on October 29th from 3 until 6:30pm.

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