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A few words from Mayor Terry Martin

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

Terry Martin, Elsberry City Mayor

Elsberry City Water project within the next couple of weeks the contractor Wehmeyer Farms will be replacing the five-inch water main on Seventh Street. The old five-inch water line is outdated and parts are not readily available for repairs. A new eight-inch water main will be installed to replace it. The city will soon be starting the sewer and lift station project. The engineering agreement has been finalized signed and the project should go out for bid. Painting of the Old Water Tower is scheduled to start this week.

The Board approved the infrastructure Committee’s recommendation to Mill and Overlay with new Asphalt on Fifth Street from Broadway to Brownsmill Rd., and also Broadway Extension from Broadway to Tomahawk. The intersection of Fourth Street and Lincoln will also have some milling down around manhole to take out the hump and new Asphalt Overlay.

Alliance Water Resources has placed a new Manager for the City Water & Sewer Works Mr. Marshall Suddarth. Marshall was transferred from Bowling Green he will officially assume his duties this week. Alliance has also have placed a new Division Manager over Alliance in Elsberry Mr. Terry Merritt. We wish them both well in their new duties. Alliance did a super job with snow removal during the last major snow storm. It came down fast and was a wet heavy snow and the crew was running out of room for some place to go with all the snow. They finally placed a lot of it in some of the vacant lots around town.

I hope everyone will get out and Vote during the upcoming election April 2.

Sometime after the 15th of July this year the 75 year-old Lost Creek Bridge will be replaced with a new 32 foot wide bridge with 12 foot lanes and 4 foot shoulders. The bridge replacement should take approximately 25 working days.

• Elsberry hosted the Lincoln County Mayor’s meeting at City Hall on February 14. Mayors from the other cities attended the meeting along with the new County Sheriff John Cottle and Jay Gourley of Boonslick Planning. They both gave updates on upcoming plans for the future which could benefit all of us. A few items sheriff brought up. Informed those present of the NIXLE system. Currently, Lincoln Sheriff’s Department and the City of Elsberry use the system. NIXLE provides notice of amber alerts, severe weather, boil orders, etc. through e-mail and text messages and is free to use. Sign-up is through

• Lincoln County’s ‘Most Wanted’ is now listed on the County’s website and in the Lincoln County Journal.

• Future plans include developing the following:

1. Reserve officer program

2. Sheriff’s Posse-Volunteers, including horsemen that will be trained to search.

3. Restart the Explorer Program for middle and high school students.

Sheriff Cottle reported that there had been 32 deaths due to overdose from 2010 to 2013. Working on getting the drug dealers is a priority for the department.

Mr. Gourley presented an overview of the following items:

• EDA is doing a study of the feasibility of a small incubator program

• Revolving loan funds are available to people that need help with onsite septic systems. The loans are low interest loans.

• A three-county wastewater study to map and code septic system is being done. This study is to determine areas needing sewer systems.

• Business continuity is being studied to determine what happens when primary ownership dies.

• A commodity movement study to determine the amount of types of goods going through our system by rail, truck, air and barge is being done to determine the need for public transportation.

• A land use plan/study is also being done to determine the impact of new flood zones to our communities.

I hope everyone will get out and Vote during the upcoming election April 2.

– Terry Martin- Mayor

City of Elsberry