MINER - Miner's trees alongside Interstate 55 will remain in place.
During the regular Miner Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, board members rejected a request from a Missouri Department of Transportation official to remove some of the city's trees and replace them with bushes, presumably to provide a clearer view of billboards.
The city placed the trees there under a beautification lease program.
Board members agreed to trim the trees if necessary, but noted a MoDOT information sign obstructs billboards in question more than any of the trees.
In other business addressed during Tuesday's meeting:
* The Board approved a handbook revision to provide for five sick days per year for employees after their first year of employment. Sick days may be accumulated.
* A contract with the Scott County Rural Fire Department was approved.
Fire Chief Benny Thurston said the contract is the same as the one under which the departments have operated for years, but it hadn't been updated since 1991. "That's the only thing I was concerned about," he said.
Under the contract, the Miner Department receives $4,000 per year to cover areas near Interstate 55 north to the 75 mile marker located near Blodgett.
"We can cover this territory with no problem," Thurston confirmed.
* The Board agreed to raise the speed limit on David Lane from 20 mph to 35 mph on the stretch between Malone Avenue and the stop sign at Northcutt Road.
"Then it goes back down to 20, residential," said Mayor Frank Tatum.
* Lane Smith was appointed to a fill a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Board.
* Service for one of the fire department's pumper trucks and the purchase of a new pager were approved by the Board.
Thurston also advised the Board that fire hose was purchased with a $4,188 donation from the Sikeston Jaycees and fire fighting helmets were purchased with money donated by Steward Steel.