FRONTENAC — City officials from around the county came together on Tuesday for a luncheon with Crawford County Commissioners. The luncheon which is held a few times a year and allows the city officials to talk about ideas and problems with their peers and county officials.
The City of Frontenac hosted the event in conjunction with the Crawford County Commission at Pallucca’s in Frontenac.
Local cities brought up several topics for discussion. Arma City Councilwoman Mary Lou Peace said currently Arma is working on its mayor’s strategic planning goals. While Girard Mayor Mickey Pyle said Girard is working on streets and dilapted housing issues.
County Commissioner Tom Moody explained that the county has recently put in a codes court to help handle issues in the county with property not being properly cared for. Representatives Adam Lusker and Monica Murnan were also in attendance. Lusker reminded the cities that the Transportation Task Force would be in Pittsburg soon and encouraged them to attend.
Commissioner Carl Wood brought up the drop of the mil levy, and reminded city officials to educate themselves on annexation laws before considering it annexation option for areas around their jurisdiction. He also brought up the new ambulance which was purchased by the county. The ambulance was brought to the lunch at his request for the other officials to see. Wood also made mention of the new alcohol and drug treatment facility the county is helping to finance.
The City of Pittsburg City Administrator Daron Hall pointed to the Walnut Street cleanup project, and said that his city can’t do enough clean up projects like that given the area’s history. He said Pittsburg is also keeping busy with road projects.
Frontenac City Administrator Brad Reams said Frontenac is busy with events like Festa Italiana and an upcoming United Way fundraiser. He also made mention of the recent grant Frontenac received to update the Highway 69 and McKay intersection.
A lot of discussion was had among the cities in regards to a multi-city sewer treatment plan. Frontenac and Pittsburg are looking toward a joint solution to the need for some industries to have their sewer water treated. They have contacted an engineer to do a study to see if the idea is feasible and affordable.
At the meeting Frontenac Mayor Linda Grilz gave the other communities an opportunity to be part of the study if they thought their town would need a better sewage treatment solution. She said they had assurances that most of the cost of the study would be covered by the state leaving around $30,000 for the participating towns to split.
Hall said the cost should not be the thing that kept cities back from finding out their options. He said he was confident that the City of Pittsburg would be able to shoulder more of the financial burden if necessary. Although some communities had questions about options, some like Girard felt they would not be moving to attract that style of industry to their town, saying they felt they were more of a “bedroom” community for Pittsburg. The engineering company for the project said the study would take an estimated nine months to complete.