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City approves memorandum of understanding

By Melissa McCaghren
Slatonite GM

The restoration project for the 1809 Engine came a step closer Monday evening (March 11) during the monthly meeting of the Slaton City Commissioners.

The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Spirit of Slaton Endowment for restoration and preservation of the 1809 steam engine.

Tony Privett, speaking on behalf of Robert Mamlock said there was a four step process to repairing the train, which includes mediating hazardous material, repairs and painting, and creating an awing to cover it.

He added account was in the Slaton Area Endowment fund and will be used to continue the upkeep of the project as well as help with the repairs.

Privett added the City would not pay anything except in-kind services. Mayor Clif Shaw said the City would still maintain full control of the engine.

The board tabled a resolution regarding section five street and sanitation.

City Manager Wade Willson said he received a notice from Republic Services that costs for their services would go up 3 percent in April and rates would likely be adjusted.

He also discussed an issue regarding water billing for out of town residents, saying there was a discrepancy between the resolution and what was being charged.

The Board initially made a motion to amend the resolution for a 2 percent rate for out of City residents; however, the motion died for lack of second. They went on to table it to discuss if it needed to be adjusted now or in September when rates are regularly adjusted.

For more information, including other items discussed at the meeting, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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