Water testing to commence in Laddonia homes

New hoops court plan in the works

By Alan Dale Managing Editor
Posted 7/22/22

The following is compiled from the minutes of the Laddonia Board of Alderman meeting on July 14.

City maintenance’s Eddy Craft presented to the board issues regarding water leaks that have …

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Water testing to commence in Laddonia homes

New hoops court plan in the works

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The following is compiled from the minutes of the Laddonia Board of Alderman meeting on July 14.

City maintenance’s Eddy Craft presented to the board issues regarding water leaks that have been found in various locations around town and that Vandalia should not be using the blue poly for these repairs.  

Craft also stated that a lack of shutoff valves requires changing the fittings “hot” - or that the leak was worked with water running through the line.

Craft presented a map of a portion of the city’s water lines and pointed out that Laddonia has water lines that have not been mapped.

Megan Vogt, with the water department, gave a presentation regarding copper and lead testing.  

She noted that new regulations are required and the EPA and DNR “Water Protection Program,” has modified the water drinking standards.

DNR is asking for residents to take one-liter samples from the 10 requested from interior taps from 10 homes. If more than 10 percent of the samples collected exceed thresholds, then action will be required. 

These samples were asked to be returned by July 29 with a form and procedures provided for the water draw. This will be an annual testing effort.

In other items, Kevin Charlton gave a presentation regarding a new basketball court located in a lot south of the city park. 

Charlton said he has laid out a regulation-sized basketball court to be surrounded by fencing and benches with an expected completion of the project to be early December.

The city light fund would cover the lighting for the court via a switch on a pole.  

There would be running water for a fountain as there already is a water main nearby.  

No action was taken as this was only discussion on the project.

The board discussed a draft ordinance, to be drafted by the city attorney, regarding a time limit for any permitted building to be completed without special approval for a longer time frame.

With that, the new Dollar General store’s construction progress continues with concrete having been put down and its opening planned for  late September or  October.

The board moved and passed unanimously a motion to approve a bulk water rate of $0.03 per gallon.  The city had not sold bulk water before, but are doing this per request by various construction companies doing work in the area.

The council discussed needing to have a hearing set next month for the tax rate.  A notice will be posted for a hearing for the tax hearing at 5:30 on the second Thursday of next month.

A motion to have the Audrain County handle the Emergency Management Director hiring was passed 4-0.

Each municipality needs one, either appointed from within the citizenry or to opt for the county to manage the city’s response.



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