The Miner Board of Aldermen agreed during their special meeting Thursday to advise Missouri Department of Transportation officials they would like to see trees targeted by billboard companies for trimming to be replaced with crape myrtles along with those marked for removal.
Mayor Mitch Thompson said there are 33 trees that have to be removed, "and a ton that have to be trimmed."
The Board was advised during their regular meeting April 13 that billboard companies pressing their right to trim the trees also offered to replace them with landscaping that would not block motorists' view of their signs.
Board member were unsure if they would agree to replace those marked for trimmings, however.
"If they don't, ask them if they will replace them if they do die," suggested Deloris Smith, board member.
In other Miner news:
* Justin Medley was selected by the Board to fill the unexpired term in Ward 2. The vacancy on the Board of Aldermen was created by the resignation of Roberta Wills accepted at the April 13 meeting.
* The Board approved an ordinance changing the meeting time for regular Board meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
* "No Parking" signs will soon appear on the east side of Highway H between Malone and the Drury Inn parking lot entrance.
Janet Tuttle, city clerk, said city officials "anticipate there's going to be a lot of trailer trucks parking" along that stretch of road if not forbidden by the city.
Board members agreed summons should be issued for violators. Towing vehicles won't be necessary "unless it's a safety issue," Thompson said.
* Board members Peggy Holman and Donna Thomas volunteered to represent the Miner Board of Aldermen on the Tourism Commission Board.
"Pansy (Glenn) said they have to be Board members," said Tuttle.
Thompson said the Tourism Commission Board is mostly just for oversight.
* A bid for $400 from Keith Blissett to put tint on the front windows of City Hall was accepted by the Board.
A second bid for $600 was also received from a Cape Girardeau company, according to Tuttle.
Tuttle said city staff have been complaining about the glare from the new Skinny's restaurant being built across the street.
Staff have told Tuttle that "it's really reflecting off of that building," she said. "It doesn't affect me."
* For the time being, Miner police will only make the loop on interstate highways using their Crown Victorias. "For now, keep the Chevys off the Interstate," said Thompson.
Police Chief Roger Moore said he will receive a videotaped test indicating the Chevy Impalas may be twice as likely to suffer a fuel tank explosion from a high-speed rear impact as the Crown Victorias.
As the Missouri State Highway Patrol first pulled Impalas and then put them back in service in a limited capacity, Moore said, he believes there may be cause for concern and caution.
The Board will wait for Moore to gather additional information before completely removing the department's two Impalas from service, but agreed to replace them before the other vehicles with higher mileage.
* The Board approved the submission of a $80,000 "wish list" from the police and fire departments to Homeland Security grant officials.
"It's worth a try to see what we can get," said Benny Thurston, fire division chief.
Any items approved may be purchased by the city which in turn will be reimbursed with Homeland Security funds.
Moore said before any of the wish-list items will be approved for funding, the city must first purchase some mandatory items: camelback water packs, boots and voice amplifiers to complete the department's chemical protection suits and a night vision scope.
Items appearing on the wish list include a 50 kilowatt autostart generator to power fire, police and city facilities in a power outage; barricades and pagers.
The deadline to apply for the funds is April 30.