Business partners of Old Time Antiques have made an offer to the Doolittle Board of Aldermen to help build or finance an attractive area to post signs, noting that existing signs are “haphazardly” placed near Schofer Street and Highway T.
John and Jared Jordan, of Old Time Antiques, discussed the issue during the March 11 board meeting.
According to the meeting’s minutes, which have not been approved by the aldermen yet, John and Jared Jordan stated they have a problem with signs being posted at Schofer Street and and Highway T, which is also the entrance to their development of an old time village.
John Jordan stated that he feels “these handwritten, haphazardly erected signs do a disservice to the area he is trying to make very attractive and successful,” the meeting’s minutes state. John Jordan recommended an attractive area to post signs could be done and referenced a similar area in Rolla that is made for that purpose.
Doolittle Mayor Paul Smith said the board and city officials are “willing to come up with something and work with the Jordans for a solution.”
Because the area for posting signs would likely be on state right-of-way, aldermen Zelma Smith, Sherry Pierce and Roy Stevenson were tasked with getting a permit “and to get the ball rolling on this project,” according to the meeting’s minutes.
John Jordan said he would build a removable temporary frame for this purpose in the mean time.
Also during the discussion, John Jordan was asked if outside vendors collect sales tax and he replied that while he is required to give each vendor a pamphlet regarding sales tax, none collect it.
A suggestion was made for the city to make vendors purchase a permit to sell in the flea markets. Smith also said city officials should get the state’s idea about the issue.
In other business
• All board members present approved hiring a former police officer James Beasley at the request of Police Chief Scott Jones. The board also approved a request by the chief to promote officer Brandt Webber to sergeant and increase Brandt’s pay from $10 to $11 per hour.
• Smith said he would be getting the easements needed for new storm sirens and would need to talk to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about where people should go who respond to the siren since there is no storm cellar. That led to a discussion again about building a new city hall with a storm cellar under it.
• Tony Sherrer, of Ozark Oil/Cookin’ From Scratch, asked the board why other commercial businesses, like Old Time Antiques, were not charged the commercial sewer rate. Sherrer claimed he has been talking about this issue for two years to no avail. Alderman Brad Hilton has been tasked to draw up a proposal that clearly defines how the city should charge commercial businesses.