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Miner installs new officials

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

From left: Peggy Holman, Donna Thomas and Mitch Thompson.
MINER - Miner's new Board of Aldermen will settle in for a week before making decisions on two important items.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, the old board accepted the election results and the resignation of Alderman Roberta Wills before turning business over to the newly-elected board.

Mayor Mitch Thompson was sworn in as mayor; Donna Thomas took the oath of office for Ward I representative; and Peggy Holman was sworn in to replace Betty Barnes as the representative for Ward II.

After moving to their new seats, the mayor and Board members first heard from Mark Rankin, district outdoor advertising specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Miner's trees on interstate highway right-of-ways are blocking billboards, according to Rankin, and MoDOT is unable to deny applications for trimming permits under state statutes. "Some of the signs are old 'woodies' that are still in good shape and are low to the ground," he said.

Rankin presented the Board with tree and shrubbery options including some that resemble the existing trees.

"We'll make an effort to resolve this quickly and get you an answer so you can do your job," Thompson promised.

The Board next appointed Blake Pearson to the city attorney position, accepting his bid of $2,400 per month and reappointed Norman Lambert to the city engineer position and Lorraine Simpson as city treasurer.

The one year remaining on the unexpired term of Wills will be filled by a Board appointee.

Board members agreed to meet again at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In closing, Thompson said he hopes the Board "can resolve some of the problems we have and move forward."