Sirens ready to be installed

Doolittle aldermen have approved Police Chief Scott Jones' request to fill two unpaid positions in the Doolittle Police Department with reserve officers.

According to minutes from the board of aldermen's April 8 meeting, which have not been approved yet, aldermen Ron Bramlett, Sherry Pierce, Billy Martin and Roy Stevenson all approved the request. Aldermen Zelma Smith and Brad Hilton were absent.

Jones made the request for additional police coverage this summer due to more children being out of school, events at Old Town Antiques that draw crowds and the new Dollar General store expecting to open.

It was suggested that the filled positions be reviewed in September to see if they need to remain.

The board also approved a request to buy a used vehicle to replace the police department's white car, which has wiring issues among other problems.

A 2008 vehicle that is fully equipped and has a price that is right, according to Jones, has been found. It was noted that there are enough funds in the police department's budget to afford the used car. The white car will be stripped of police equipment and sold.

In other business, the board was informed that the city's new storm sirens are ready to be installed.

Mayor Paul Smith said he has received all of the easements from property owners for the sirens and recorded the easements with Phelps County.

The City of Doolittle will be required to pay for the poles and Gascosage and Intercounty Electric have agreed to drill holes and set the poles.

The mayor also gave a brief statement regarding someone that felt the City of Doolittle should pay for damages done when the individual drove into a pothole where the new Dollar General is being constructed. It was noted that no report of the incident was made with police and no one saw it happen. The aldermen tabled the request.

In other business

• The board of aldermen also learned that Doolittle Maintenance Supervisor David Schmickle has resigned.

• Pierce, who was re-elected to her seat in the April 2 election, was sworn in.

• Smith asked attendees at the meeting to look for possible road projects to be done this summer and bring ideas to future meetings.

• Stevenson talked with a representative with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) regarding a sign on the easement at Schofer Street and and Highway T. The MoDOT representative will get back with Stevenson with an answer.

• The city is still trying to find an acceptable solution to sewer rates for commercial business. Adam Emery, who attended the meeting, suggested starting with a number of employees a business has as a base. It was noted that some businesses might have to be "grandfathered" in.