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Officials' actions questioned

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MINER -- The wife of Miner's fire chief has called for the resignation of two elected officials.

Debra Allen, wife of Fire Chief Randy Allen, asked for the resignation of Peggy Holman, a Board of Aldermen member, and Roger Moore, chief of police, during the Board's regular meeting Tuesday.

"A couple of weeks ago three of the officers of the police department were fired," said Debra Allen. "My understanding was that they was fired because of a criminal background check ran on Randy Allen that Ms. Holman requested."

"With all due respect that's a personnel matter," City Attorney Joe Fuchs said, adding later that the matter has already been discussed by the Board.

"Those three people have returned to work," Alderman Frank Tatum noted. Tatum said the three officers were reinstated following an investigation into the matter.

"I think the people that started this should be asked to resign their posts," Allen said. "Peggy Holman and Roger Moore."

In other business Tuesday:

* The Board accepted the resignation of Rhonda Elder from the police department.

With Elder's resignation, the department is three officers short of being fully-

staffed due to resignations, according to city officials.

"Most of our officers when they resign they go to Sikeston," Tatum said.

Mayor Betty Barnes said the Board would be looking at applications for the police department during their closed session which followed the open meeting.

* Citizen objections notwithstanding, the list of addresses for those hooked up to city water is public record and must be given to those who request it.

City officials will keep track of who makes those requests, however.

"From now on, we're going to have someone sign for it and what it's for," Barnes said.

City Clerk Janet Tuttle said the most common requests are from people running for public office but they aren't the only ones who ask for the list.

"We have businesses ask for them, too," she offered as an example.

* Board members approved seeking bids for a 28-foot sliding gate with a 3-

foot walk-in gate and heavy-duty rollers for the city's water treatment plant.

Dub Higden of the Department of Public Works said in the event a snow prevents the sliding gate from opening, "we'll have to be able to get to the plant somehow."

* Payments of the city's $1,000 annual chamber of commerce dues and $316 annual Bootheel Regional Planning Commissioner dues were approved by the Board.

* Board members gave their approval for an inspection of the city's 500,000 gallon water tower.

Higden said the Missouri Department of Natural Resources likes to see water towers inspected every three to five years and the tower has never been inspected since it was built in 1998.