SFPD kept busy with brush fires
Saturday was a busy day for the Steelville Fire Protection District as fire personnel were called on to fight five natural cover fires in the area. One call was to assist Salem, but the other four were within the Steelville district.
Police officer building relationships at Steelville school
Steelville Middle School students stop on their way through the cafeteria between classes to say, “Hi Adam,” to Steelville Police Sergeant Adam Reed. He returns the greeting, and asks them about their day, what class they’re going to next, what they’ve been doing. Reed spends several hours at the middle school each Friday, eating lunch with students, visiting classrooms, and talking with kids about all kinds of things from baseball cards to bullying. It’s all part of a process to create a relationship between himself as a law enforcement officer and the students.
Kindergarten Information Day will be held Thursday, March 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Steelville Elementary School for parents of students who will turn five before August 1.
Police chief pay increase approved, with additional duties-UPDATED
Steelville Mayor Terry Palmer had to break a tie vote between aldermen to approve an increase in salary for the city marshal at the city council meeting on February 19. The salary for that position had not been raised in eight years, and can’t be increased during a term of office since it is an elected position.
Leathers will assist city in development process
Mardy Leathers, representing Cuba Development Group (CDG), will be working with the city of Steelville as it looks to find ways to develop the property it owns around the former San Val building. The land is also connected to property that is the proposed site for a new lodging facility in the town.
The city of Steelville has declined the proposal from Michael Conaway, president of Circle C Bottling Company, to purchase the former San Val building that is now owned by the city. Mayor Terry Palmer reported the city determined not to pursue the proposal because Conaway has a delinquent utility account with the city dating back to 2008.