Pulling for Pirch... Oak Grove Schools gave $728 for Wearing Jeans Day to support Coach George Pirch. From left, Freddie Doherty, superintendent; Jim Word, Judy Word, Coach Pirch, Lorri Boydston, Lori Berry; Linda Williams, assistant superintendent; Lana Brocato and Brenda Johnson.
Aldermen purchase two in-car cameras for police
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen passed measures to purchase two in-car camera systems for the police department and to collect a $2 fee for battered person shelters the municipal court has not been collecting.
Josh Litrell, an officer in the department who is also the fleet commander, attended the meeting to answer questions.
The two cameras, including automatic wireless download of footage to department computers and installment, will cost the city $12,565.
Bryon Price, police chief, told the board the department will need to create a policy on how long film will be retained.
Of the department's eight vehicles, Price said, two do not have cameras, two cameras are no longer supported by their manufacturer and the other six are out of date.
Litrell told the board the life expectancy of the equipment is three-five years. After three years, he said, it is expected to be outdated, and after five, the temperatures from being outside in the cars is expected to have affected the electronics. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Rhett Rigby appears in Clay County Court
Rhett Rigby, the Oak Grove man charged with four felony counts of statutory rape, four counts of statutory sodomy, felony sexual contact with a student by a teacher and felony tampering with a witness, appeared October 9 in Clay County Circuit Court for a case status hearing. He appeared with attorney Jake Jacoby, Independence.
Rigby is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. January 26 for trial by jury. A pre-trial conference has been set for January 15. Pre-trial motions with briefs must be filed no later than 5 p.m. December 5. Motion hearing date is set for 10:30 a.m. December 12. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Conditional use permit sought for recreational vehicle park
City of Oak Grove has set public hearings for the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Oak Grove Board of Aldermen to hear a request for a conditional use permit from M.J., LLC, Joe Ben Stone, owner, for a recreational vehicle park at 303 NE Third St., the existing KOA Campgrounds.
M.J., LLC, also is asking for revisions in the city's Unified Development Code regarding regulations for recreational vehicle parks. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Sni Valley Fire to elect three directors in April
Directors of Sni Valley Fire Protection District passed a resolution Monday night which set a $10 filing fee for three board positions to be filled at the April 7 election.
Three directors will be elected, two for six-year terms and one to complete a vacated position for two years.
Directors whose six-year terms are expiring are Steve Russell, board president, and George Scott. The two-year term is being filled until the election by Matt Beal.
>directed Troy Negrete, fire chief, to obtain ballot language from the attorney for a tax levy increase on the April ballot.
>approved two policies, one a change in a policy on employees who have outside employment and the other on attendance and punctuality.
>saw the 2013 Career Development Plan which will be on the November agenda for approval. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Bates City aldermen hire attorney
to draft unified development laws
Three members of the Bates City Board of Aldermen met for 25 minutes in regular session October 14 during which they considered and approved two ordinances.
The first ordinance under consideration was to accept all terms and provisions of a settlement agreement with CenturyLink which provides for payment of back taxes and other considerations to the city.
The settlement was reached as part of a class action suit in which Bates City participated with the city of O'Fallon and other municipalities. A motion to accept the agreement was approved 3-0. Donnie Hammond, aldermen, was absent.
The second ordinance appointing Paul Campo, Williams and Campo, Lee's Summit, as special counsel for legal services related to drafting of a unified development ordinance (UDO) was approved 3-0.
The ordinance was drafted at the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission after consideration of the proposal submitted by Campo and reviews at an October 6 meeting of the commission.
At that meeting, Diana Rickey, former mayor, presented copies of past ordinances relating to the origin of existing zoning boundaries and map. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Middle School to present fall concert
Oak Grove Middle School choir will present a fall concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center.
The concert is the first to be held in the new building. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.