The St. Robert Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, June 20 at the new firehouse on Plattner Drive. Three ordinances were passed concerning housing, excessive use of force by the police department, and bonds for the water and sewer system.

The new firehouse will be having an open house this Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Attendees of the open house can enjoy a hotdog and soda while they tour the new firehouse.  

The official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the firehouse is Friday, June 23, at 1pm.  All are invited to attend.

The agenda for the evening included the following: Yard of the month recipients were recognized, the June 6 meeting minutes and payment of bills were approved, several ordinances were discussed and approved, and departments updated the board.  

The meeting was then closed to discuss legal, real estate, and personnel matters.  Mayor George Lauritson, Alderman Charles Slider, Alderman Linda Daniels, Alderman Allan Johannsen, Alderman Michael Myers, Alderman John Moore,  and Alderman Theresa Cook were present. Alderman Reggie Hall and Alderman Todd Williams were absent.   

Mayor Lauritson presented the Overton Family, from Ward 1, their “yard of the month” certificate of appreciation. The other two recipients were not present.

Two ordinances were passed authorizing the mayor to sell or trade surplus property from the transfer station (three trash trailers) and fire department, ( freightliner rescue pumper tanker)  at the most advantageous price.

Department Updates:

Police Department: Chief Curtis Currenton reported on the Pulaski County Fair. Attendance records were set at this years fair.  He said “it was an exciting event” and he thanked everyone for their support.  Currenton also reported on the results of an audit by the state highway patrol.  He said “their standards are very strict.” The final report stated, ” No areas were out of compliance.”  The police department received a score of 100%.  

Currenton said, “I  am very pleased (with the results).”

Fire Department:

Fire Chief Mike Shempert welcomed the Board of Alderman to “ our  new home.” He said “the  fair was  a success.”   He reminded everyone about the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday and the open house on Saturday from 10am till 2pm.  

He said, “ We are all proud of the new facility.”

Three more things you should know from the Board of Alderman meeting are:

Fair Housing Implemented

Ordinance #3092 approved implementing a fair housing policy.  The purpose of the policy is to eliminate discrimination and to “safeguard the rights of any person to sell, rent, or obtain real estate property.” The fair housing committee is the mayor and the board of alderman. Any complaint of  fair housing discrimination will be referred to this committee.   

     2. Excessive Force Policy

Ordinance # 3093 was approved and prohibits excessive force by law enforcement agencies (under St Robert’s jurisdiction) against any individual engaged in nonviolent civil rights demonstrations.  This ordinance also ‘“prohibits the physical barring of any entrance or exit way.”


3. Bond ordinance approved

An ordinance  was approved authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds in the principal amount of $ 4.5 million for combined waterworks and sewerage system improvement bonds. The purpose of the bonds is to provide funds to pay the cost of acquiring constructing and extending and improving the combined waterworks.