Ongoing issues at the city of Dixon and frustration on the part of Waynesville city leaders has prompted a change in plans. The mayor of Waynesville proposed a resolution suspending mutual aid with the city of Dixon after Dixon’s mayor and city council misrepresented the city of Waynesville.

The city of Waynesville established a Mutual Aid agreement with the city of Dixon in January 2018, even though the assistance Waynesville offered to Dixon started a few months prior. The council members of Dixon, however, have been giving the city of Waynesville grief lately.

Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman said, “As most of you know, I’ve been working with Dixon since last November, I believe it was. The mayor, Shawn Wethington, came to us and asked for our help. We decided the first thing we could do was pass a Mutual Aid agreement with the city of Dixon, which was a normal procedure. Then we came up with several options, but let me just say a few things. Number one is mutual aid should be a mutual thing. And, obviously, the last few days has shown it [this situation] is not a mutual thing. We feel like we’re spending our time defending our good name. We literally feel like we have to protect ourselves from some of the things that are being said. I would just be perfectly honest to tell you that I’m concerned about the ethics of everything and the character of some of the people that are involved in these issues.”

The city of Waynesville met at city hall July 5, 2018 primarily to discuss the situation with Dixon.

Hardman said, “I will also tell you that we are concerned about the citizens of Dixon and the situation that they find themselves in. We are concerned about them, but I want you to also know that our number one concern are the citizens of Waynesville. We have spent countless hours working on preparations trying to help these guys with troubles that they were having—countless hours by our water department, our sewer department, our city staff. As a city, we are willing to help our neighbors—we’ve done it many, many times—and, in fact, they’ve done it for us, too. So we are willing to be good neighbors—and all we were doing with Dixon was giving them options to try to deal with some of the troubles that they had.”

Now the city of Waynesville is declaring a resolution.

Hardman said, “I, however, have now reached my limit. When Mayor Brown used the phrase “fraud and corruption” and referred to the city of Waynesville, when he talked about us charging them $24,000—and that was an outright lie—it’s time for us to remove ourselves from the situation. As the mayor of Waynesville, I am going to ask my city council to pass a resolution—and we are going to try to do this as quickly as we can, hopefully maybe Monday night—suspending mutual aid effort between the city of Waynesville and the city of Dixon.”

The city of Waynesville will not completely leave the city of Dixon, as the Waynesville council people put it, “high and dry.”

According to the resolution, “Now, therefore, be it resolved by the city council of the city of Waynesville, Missouri as follows: That the City of Waynesville suspend its mutual aid efforts for the City of Dixon based on the current leadership of the city. The City of Waynesville will still respond to assist the citizens of Dixon in time of natural disasters and other emergency situations.”

Dixon has undergone a change in leadership in recent weeks while the city struggles to handle day-to-day business.