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March 26, 2014

Carthage students assume council posts

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Students acted as members of the Carthage City Council on Tuesday during the city’s annual Student Government Day.

Students sat alongside council members, and gave their reports and cast their votes during the session. Earlier in the day, they learned about county government, hearing from Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner, after a lunch at the sheriff’s office. They also toured the Carthage Water & Electric Plant and the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Council members during the session agreed to delay until the April 8 meeting action on a measure to accept a donation from the Kellogg Lake Board, a volunteer group that works to promote and preserve the lake. The donation will fund a new fountain in the lake, but a decision on the purchase is being delayed until Alan Bull, parks director, completes gathering information about the company that submitted the lowest bid.

Council members also were told that work is moving forward on construction of a new south substation for the Carthage Fire Department. Fire Chief Chris Thompson said requests for qualifications for an architect will be accepted until April 15.

The council also:

• Heard a report on work under way to prepare the city budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

• Advanced an ordinance that would allow the city to seek federal assistance, via the Missouri Department of Transportation, to operate the city’s taxi transportation program.

• Adopted an ordinance authorizing an agreement with Blevins Asphalt Construction for the city’s annual street paving program.



Summer’s coming

THE CARTHAGE COUNCIL adopted an ordinance authorizing a contract with A.M. Pyrotechnics, at $11,696, for the fireworks display for the city’s July Fourth celebration.

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