January 18, 2005
Rural Water District No. 7 asks Frontenac for assistance

Morning Sun Staff Writer FRONTENAC - Craig Stokes, president of Rural Water District No. 7, asked for the Frontenac City Council's cooperation in an emergency water supply plan for the district at Monday's meeting.

Stokes said there is tremendous potential for growth along the highway for both communities.

"I would like to help provide opportunity for the area between Frontenac and Franklin,"  Stokes said. "It is a fast growing area ... and I think the two communities can prosper working together."

Stokes asked the council if the rural water district could hook onto Frontenac's water system for emergency back up.

With the completion of the Harley Davidson training facility north of Frontenac, the city's water supply is within one-half mile of connecting to the rural water district.

"If our system should ever fail, we would like a backup," Stokes said. "We have to have a backup for the state."

Currently, Frontenac supplies emergency water to Rural Water District No. 1. Pittsburg supplies emergency water service to Frontenac.

"Its a win-win situation, its a win for the water district and a win for Frontenac," City Administrator Dan Brunetti said.

The council approved a motion for Brunetti to begin working with Stokes and the water district in exploring the possibility of connecting the two.

Also at Monday's meeting, Council member Linda Grilz asked the council to consider a motion changing how the city is represented on the council. Grilz suggested one council member for each ward and four "at-large" council members, who would represent the entire city.

"It seems to me that it would be best to have the entire council at-large," she said. "I think we are a small enough community that we represent the entire community."

After some discussion, the motion failed.

In other business:

* The council approved funding for Patrick Haggerty to attend fire fighter school at Missouri Southern State University.

* Blessing of the Bikes is scheduled for April 22, 23, 24.

* Homecoming is scheduled for June 10,11, 12.

* The high school all class reunion will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 3 at the Frontenac Town Hall.

* At the behest of Council member Chuck Clinton, Brunetti said he would look into the cost of putting alerts at the 14 city lift stations

* The council approved a new three year contract with Brunetti as city administrator.

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