EDGAR SPRINGS — An Edgar Springs man who did not win the April 8 election for an alderman seat is now mayor of the town of just over 200 people.

EDGAR SPRINGS — An Edgar Springs man who did not win the April 8 election for an alderman seat is now mayor of the town of just over 200 people.
It was announced that Phil Scruggs is officially the new mayor of Edgar Springs during an outreach meeting held by Phelps County Commissioners April 22 (See related story).
In the general municipal election earlier this month, Jack “Sam” Newman defeated Scruggs by six votes for the South Ward alderman seat. Newman received 11 votes and Scruggs got five votes.
Scruggs had been serving as the North Ward alderman by mayoral appointment, but he lives in the South Ward.
Former Mayor Kurt Ross has been sent to Bahrain for an Armed Services mission, according to City Administrator Paula James, leaving the mayor position vacant. Ross won the mayor position by a write-in vote in April 2013.
The town’s board of aldermen at its last meeting voted to appoint Scruggs as mayor until the next election, which will be in April 2015.
In other news out of Edgar Springs shared at the county commission meeting, it was noted that town officials are ready to seek bids in May for a project that will repair and improve the town’s sewer system. Edgar Springs received a grant and a loan to fund the project. Bids also may soon be sought for a new water tower, it was noted.
The town’s restaurant/store has been sold, but that no changes are planned.
Sherry Heavin, superintendent of the Phelps County R-3 School District, said the school is ready to start construction on a new tornado safe room.
School district voters in April 2013 approved a bond issue that let the district borrow $315,000 to be combined with a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to help pay for a tornado safe room and make other safety improvements to the school. Heavin told the Daily News in March 2013 that the total cost of the project is $551,248 and the school district will provide a 25 percent match, which translates to $137,812.
Gary Hicks, commissioner for District Two, where Edgar Springs is located, said he is proud to represent Edgar Springs.
He noted that recently he has seen much trash on county roads and encouraged residents to adopt a road or call a hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 573-465-1936, if they see trash on county roads.
One Edgar Springs resident asked the commission how the town could receive more funds to fix its streets.
James said the town’s fuel tax normally pays for road work, but that the town is only receiving about $600 a month.
Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said the cost to chip and seal one foot of road used to be about $1.50, but now it’s between $6 and $7 per foot.
Another resident expressed concern about Edgar Springs paying off its loan for the sewer work. The resident also said he was worried about a state law that limits how much income a police department can receive from traffic tickets. The resident was directed to talk with their state legislators – Rep. Robert Ross and Sen. Dan Brown. James said they are aware of the issue.