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Sturgeon aldermen lose city office staff

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 10:49 pm

Sturgeon City Hall is facing a personnel challenge. The morning after the Sturgeon Board of Aldermen’s February 24 meeting, the city no longer had a city clerk or an assistant city clerk.

The meeting concluded with a closed session, during which the aldermen unanimously voted to suspend, with pay, City Clerk Donna Tracy. Part-time assistant city clerk Connie Whitney resigned the following morning. Sturgeon Mayor Kevin Abrahamson said the city intends to fill both positions. Tracy had worked for the city almost eight years.

Editor’s note: March 4 the aldermen met and discussed filling  the positions with two part-time employees/

Donna Tracy, former Sturgeon City Clerk, right, swearing in current Sturgeon mayor Kevin Abrahamson after his election. Fireside Guard file photo.

An audience of seven sat for the February 24 meeting of the Sturgeon Board of Aldermen.

Regarding the February 24 meeting,

Sturgeon Police Sgt. Thomas Crawford announced the SPD received its law-enforcement grant for new two new mobile data terminals,“and they are phenomenal,” he said.

He also discussed a holiday DWI grant and said reimbursement is pending and the SPD is applying for two similar grants, one involving youth drinking.

“We have a wonderful fairgrounds here, please there are ideas, ask us. Keeping our fairgrounds busy is a good thing,” Sturgeon Mayor Kevin Abrahamson said, in absence of a fair board report.

“We need people for the board,” Rob Vaughn of the fair board said.

Planning and Zoning was on the agenda and Mike Jacoby, P&Z chair, discussed a recent P&Z public hearing, including a disagreement between surveys regarding a plot at East Burk Street.

“They have sewer to figure out, there will be no roads,” he said of the proposed construction.

He asked about water rights and City Attorney Jackie said he still had not heard from Water District Number 10.

He also discussed the school sewer situation and the district is still receiving bids on the project. Jacoby said there are still questions regarding residents in the area that might want to hook into the new sewer line.

There is also a question regarding the street lighting plan for the Bailey Place subdivision, he said the nine-light plan has been submitted to the city, but not in time for the meeting.

Lincoln Brown of the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission was there to discuss the city’s residential  demolition project…

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.