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story.lead_photo.caption The Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held in-person at 10 a.m. March 27 at Greenway Park in Holts Summit.

The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen approved the Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held in person this year at their March 9 meeting, which was held in person and over Zoom.

The board followed up on adding two sections to the Holts Summit City Code concerning building permit deposits and penalties, and passed an ordinance concerning them.

In their February 9 meeting, they introduced the proposed sections which would add deposit requirements for building permit applications; they decided on a amount that would be refunded to contractors once proper applications were submitted.

When discussing the amount, city attorney David Bandre said the amount of the deposit should be "enough to make sure they come back to get their advocacy permit." The deposit could be in cash or bond form as well.

The board brought some new business to the meeting, including a resolution authorizing proposals for a broker of record position, who would provide employee benefit consulting services to the City. The broker of record would act as an insurance agent that represents the city — the insured party — and manages policy on their behalf.

The resolution was approved by the aldermen and will have a second reading in the next meeting.

Another resolution authorizing a $364,950.59 change order for the city and Ryan Construction Company for the Wastewater Improvement Project was approved. Sewer Superintendent Keith Edwards gave an update on the project and problems encountered with starting up seven of the 15 pump stations.

In other discussion points, Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre and Sergeant Brandon Ruediger brought up the idea of purchasing portable radios for the department. McIntyre said officers were having trouble getting radio signals while outside of their vehicles. Additionally, McIntyre later asked the board about purchasing a box trailer and converting it into a mobile command unit with remaining CARES Act funding.

Thomas said the purchases would be made with CARES funding for "preparedness, communications and issues related to any further state of emergency," according to meeting notes. Ruediger added to get grants for the radios, they would have to update the repeaters in the vehicles as well. At the end of discussion, both motions were carried.

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