HS aldermen publicly support ‘expansion of a second nuclear plant in Callaway’

— What could have turned into a lengthy discussion about a proposed resolution was cut short by quick thinking at the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen meeting Monday.

The resolution expressed support for the construction of a second nuclear plant in Callaway County, as well as support for legislation before the General Assembly that would allow a Missouri utility company to charge its customers for the costs of seeking and winning an early site permit, as well as funding for the Office of Public Counsel.

The board voted to remove the section of language addressing the proposed legislation. The new resolution simply states the board publicly supports the expansion of a second nuclear plant in Callaway County.

“It sounds less political. It doesn’t sound offensive in any sort of political way,” said 1st Ward Alderman Thomas Durham.

The resolution passed unanimously.

In other business, Stephen Lin with Allstate Consultants, the city’s consulting firm, was present to answer questions about the approved sewer bond issue.

Residents with septic systems have a little more than a year to save up for the costs of connecting to the main sewer system.

It will cost about $875 to clean a septic system, filled in, connected to the main line and inspected for quality assurance, said sewer department superintendent Keith Edwards.

He’d like to include a step-by-step process for connecting to the main line in the city’s next newsletter.

Alderwoman Pamela Murray reported the city’s first planting for the ramp beautification project at Highway 54 and Center Street will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteers are still needed. All volunteers will be provided a picnic lunch at the Hibernia Park pavilion near City Hall after the planting.

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