After Steelville aldermen voted to give additional raises to three out of four City Hall employees at the first July city council meeting, Mayor Terry Beckham questioned the decision and how it came about at the July 19 meeting. The mayor had voiced concerns about the proposal at the first meeting but was ignored by the rest of the council members, who made a motion and approved it without the mayor’s agreement.
Chris Hess took over duties as superintendent of the Steelville School District on July 1. At her first school board meeting on July 15, she thanked them. “I have been made to feel very welcome,” she said, noting everyone had been very helpful in providing needed information as she takes over the reins.
The dinosaurs have arrived at Heartland Arts. "Cryptic Creations" by Braeden Lamberth is on display until July 31. The gift shop and gallery is located on Main Street in Steelville and is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prior to leaving for his new job on July 1, now former Steelville Schools Superintendent Mike Whittaker presented the board with an annual budget for fiscal year 2021-22. It was approved at the board meeting held on June 21, and Whittaker noted he would meet with his successor to go over the budget in detail as part of the transition.
“I feel that this budget—I have looked it over, worked it through many, many times—and I feel confident in this budget that we can stay within our means,” said Steelville City Comptroller Roben Griggs, when she presented the annual budget for approval to the city council on June 21.