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Mayor promises restructuring, training at busy meeting

Citizens in Mountain View witnessed a busy, productive meeting of the board of aldermen last Tuesday. Before diving into the business of the agenda Mayor Charry McCann had these words to say, “I take the oath of this office very seriously. The public mistrust of this administration only inflates the challenges we face. The state of our administration did not develop just within the past couple of years and the compliance issues we are facing will take some time to correct to be in compliance with state statutes. Unfortunately, I have found the city, as a whole, to be a very toxic and unhealthy workplace. However, I believe with some restructuring and some training this work environment will greatly improve. I want to thank the employees who show up every day and do their jobs in spite of being under such pressure.”
 
A closed session for hiring/firing kicked off the meeting and lasted fifty minutes. In open session, Jessica Smith was appointed as permanent City Clerk in open session. Ed Martin was appointed by Mayor McCann to fill the vacant seat of Brenda Colter. Alderman David Bauer was named Mayor Pro-Tem. Sabrina Cornman was confirmed as Library Director, and David Ripko was approved for Street Department Supervisor.
 
Mayor McCann read a letter sent by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office regarding a complaint received on February 28 regarding a January 24 meeting. 
 
“We have reviewed our office’s enforcements options in light of information gathered. In lieu of further enforcement actions, the Attorney General’s office has prepared to close this complaint under two conditions. First, that the city agrees to undergo mandatory free Sunshine Law training by the Attorney General’s office in the near future and second -- the city immediately prepares minutes for the January 24, 2024 closed session meeting by the board of alderman in order to comply with the requirements of section 610.020.7”
 
Mayor McCann went on to state that the board has already completed the training on April 22 and that the minutes are prepared and available upon request. 
 
In other actions:
- Ordinance 1751 was passed, adding Operations Manager to the list of appointed city officers.
- The board awarded a contract to the lowest bid for a lead service line inventory from Cattell, LLC. 
-The board did not approve golf course rates and tournament schedule as presented.  Golf rates will not change.
- The board approved an $8 million budget as presented. 
- A 30-Day notice for Public Hearing required for the city’s wastewater grant was approved.
- Rates and an emergency action plan for the city pool were approved. The plan raises the age at which children may be unaccompanied by an adult from seven to twelve years of age. 
- The board rejected a $6,000 bid for microphones from Grennan Communications. 
- Planning and Zoning members were approved. Alternate Clint Elam was approved.
-The board denied requests from Mountain View Family Youth Center to lease the softball fields and to use the city’s liquor license for an upcoming benefit golf tournament.
-A special meeting for May 21 at 5:00 p.m. was announced.
In other discussion:
- Oak Street Project Update revolved around discussion to close Main Street to heavy traffic after the dump truck fell through.
-Requirements for publishing a financial statement were discussed. 
- The board discussed training for elected officials, and all decided to attend.
 
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