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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • New clerk in town

  • DOOLITTLE - Mayor Paul Smith began the Doolittle Board of Alderman meeting Tuesday by welcoming new City Clerk Della Bishop.
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  • DOOLITTLE - Mayor Paul Smith began the Doolittle Board of Alderman meeting Tuesday by welcoming new City Clerk Della Bishop.
    He noted that has been quite pleased with her work over the last several weeks, especially in getting the city's bookkeeping records up to date.
    Bishop replaces Dene Kirn, who announced her resignation in September. Her last day as clerk was Sept. 13.
    The city had hired a temporary clerk after Kirn, but after a week of work, the temporary clerk concluded that she could not perform the job because of a medical condition.
    Also at Tuesday's meeting, the mayor gave updates on two legal cases involving the city.
    First, there is an ongoing lawsuit the city has against an owner of a local trailer court who has more than a year of unpaid sewer bills.
    According to Doolittle's city attorney Lance Thurman, that case may go to arbitration where an independent third party would hear both sides of the case.
    Second, the case against the city filed by Embarq (now CenturyLink) has been put on hold awaiting a decision involving Embarq in St. Louis.
    In other business:
    •The City of Rolla announced a sewer rate increase effective Oct. 1, 2013.  The City of Rolla processes Doolittle's water waste. The board discussed the possibility of a rate increase in Doolittle but in the end voted to hold off on any decision until the board meets in December.
    • A new floor has been installed in the city hall office at a cost of $850.
    • The city will hold its annual big trash pickup for Doolittle residents this Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19.
    Finally, the board voted to move its monthly meeting start time up an hour to 6 p.m. beginning in November.
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