The Pryor Times

April 11, 2013

Another chance in Chouteau

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Clean it up, or tear it down.

The Chouteau Board of Trustees dealt with the recurring issue of home condemnations, code violations and eviction notices.

Mohamed E. Boudhhir appeared on the agenda yet again to discuss the state of his property. At their last meeting the board had granted him another extension in time to get his property under control.

“Lynn [Herschberger] was over there today and he was working on it. From the front that house doesn't look too bad, he still lives in it,” said Mayor Jerry Floyd.

“I do not want to tear a mans house down around him. We'll just have to see how it looks after he gets it done, so we'll take no action right now.”

A resident, living on N. Hayden Street in Chouteau, made an appearance before the board after being served a notice from the city instructing him to clean up his property as well.

“The 20th of this month a bunch of kids from Thunderbird Youth Academy can come over and pick up a bunch of stuff and haul it off,” said Floyd. “You just have to be there to show them what to take.

The man asked the mayor how many other people are on the list and Floyd said only two at this time.

“I can tell you of nine of 10 just as bad as mine within a block of my house,” the man said.

“We will get to them too,” said Floyd.

The board approved a motion to elect Jerry Floyd as the mayor of Chouteau for another two-year term.

They approved the AT&T Site lease agreement at $8,612.00 per year commencing June 1. The initial term lasts five years and the contract is up for renewal yearly after those five years.

A motion was made to close off North McCracken St. for Word Fellowship Church from 5:30 p.m. Until 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 as they have done in the past. The board voted to approve this.

Similarly, they voted to continue having Trader's Day in the park on the second Friday and Saturday of each month from April to November.

In an executive session the board met to discuss three city employees; Assistant Police Chief Michael Reese, Sergeant Travis Cox and Officer Chad Nave.

After deliberation the board voted to approve Reese's evaluation but give no raise at this time. The same announcement was made on Cox. They approved Nave's evaluation and declared there will be no raise given him at this time. They also stated that after a three month period he will be entitled to all benefits as outlined in the policy and procedure manual.