Liberty Book Buyers offers textbooks and more

Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at Liberty Book Buyers in Steelville on Thursday, September 24. The business, located at 301 West Main, was welcomed to the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce by members of the local business organization.

Liberty Book Buyers buys and sells college textbooks, some history books, biographies, and Christian books and commentaries. The storefront on Main Street was originally planned as a warehouse for the business which ships books all over, but owners Len and Rebecca Young decided they might as well open to foot traffic, since they were in the building anyway.

Council hears raw sewage complaint

Steelville residents Matthew and Amanda Sherrill attended the September 21 meeting of the city council to voice concerns about a sewage issue they’ve been dealing with for several months. While their particular issue may have been resolved, no proof of a repair has been provided by the neighbor whose pipes were overflowing, and the council didn’t respond to the Sherrills’ request to institute procedures for this type of situation, other than the mayor’s statement that the city attorney would be contacted for advice.

The Sherrills reported they have had issues with raw sewage overflowing from a neighbor’s open pipe vent and running through their front yard. The couple brought the problem to the city’s attention in April, but it was not reported as corrected until the city attorney sent the neighbor a letter on August 3. Since that time, the city’s building inspector, John Bunch, spoke to the woman, who reported it was fixed.

City Hall move offers new space, but is an unplanned expense

Construction is nearing completion on the police department offices located within the Steelville City Hall building on Frisco Street. The new facility has been built inside the larger structure now housing the city’s main offices. Work has also begun on an area that will provide additional space for the front offices for city hall. The cost for the new facilities, however, may nearly wipe out the city’s reserve funds.

Honoring a Hero - PHOTO GALLERY

The Steelville Fire Protection District (SFPD) held a dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 26, officially retiring Lt. Justin Parrett’s firefighting gear. The date was chosen because of its connection to Parrett’s DSN number—4926—which was also retired.

Steelville Ambulance District Report

The SAD Board met on August 18 and September 8 to conduct the following business:
•    In August bills were reported in the amount of $55,836. Payroll was $50,187. For September, bills were $40,105 and payroll was $52,880.
•    At the September meeting, Administrator Bill Patt requested amendments to increase the budget for the following areas and amounts: vehicle maintenance by $10,000; medical supplies by $8,000; co-pays and medical deductibles by $15,000; building maintenance by $2,500, court fees by $30; reimbursements by $600; bank charges by $60; and scholarship money by $1,000. The board approved the changes.