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Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:26 pm

The Mountain Grove Board of Aldermen approved the first reading of an ordinance changing the meeting time for the regular city council meetings.

The current starting time for city council meetings is 7 p.m. Initially it had been requested that an ordinance be drawn up setting a new start time for 6:30 p.m. Alderman Judy Greer had earlier requested that the time be set at 6:30 instead of 6 because of her work schedule. Alderman Jim DeWitt requested that the time be changed to 6 p.m. because Alderman Greer would not be seeking election during the April election. The ordinance would go into effect on April 5. The Board agreed to change the starting time to 6 p.m. and approved the first reading of the ordinance.

City Administrator Rick Outersky also presented a report to the Board concerning the bids received for replacing the roof on the city hall. He stated that the city received two bids and they were both extremely high. He told the Board that the city will be reviewing options for replacement of the roof including the potential to rebid the project.

The city administrator also reported that the committee set up to deal with rental property safety concerns is scheduled to meet soon.

He also announced that Crystal Edwards has been named Mountain Grove Senior Center director.

Outersky stated that the city has had “more than its share” of computer problems the last 45 days, but is working through them. The city has upgraded the system and needs a faster computer speed to make it work properly, and will be connecting to a new fiber optic provider.

He added that the city will be considering changes in methods customers can use to pay water and sewer bills.

The city will also be going to direct deposit on payroll, he stated.