MUENSTER — The Muenster City Council appointed former Muenster Fire Chief Herbie Knabe as the new Emergency Management Coordinator, according to the Oct. 6 unofficial minutes.

The Emergency Management Coordinator position is non salaried; however, the city will pay for Knabe’s training.

After receiving numerous citizen’s complaints about mosquitos, the city will be spraying after 10 p.m. on Oct. 14.

The payment of September’s bills for the city that totaled $208,975.97 were approved by council members. 

Council members approved parking on Sixth Street for Sacred Heart Parish. The Parish requested designated parallel parking in front of the proposed office building on the south side of east Sixth Street between Oak and Walnut streets. Sacred Heart will post signs and paint the parking spaces.

Council members approved the striping of parking spaces for the first three blocks of Main Street and directed the city police department to enforce the no parking designation in front of the fenced alley by the Klement Building. Council members determined that should the fire department require access in the alley, the lock at the gate can be cut. When the proposed brewery in the Klement Building begins operations the lot will be used for parking and the alley will remain open.

A $200 increase to Muenster’s City Judge Dorthy Lewis’ salary was approved. Lewis’ starting salary of $200 has remained the same for 14 years. She requested that her salary be increased to $400 a month. Muenster Police Chief Tom Barr reported the monthly $400 is average for area Municipal Judge’s salaries.

Muenster Fire Chief Bert Walterscheid requested that the fire department be listed on the agenda every month. Walterscheid will provide updates to the City Council. 

Police Chief Tom Barr reported September’s activities that included 92 calls for service, five offense reports, two arrests, one accident investigation, 66 citations, and officers logging 697 hours on duty. The police department now has a Facebook page and to contribute to the page call, Laura Brock at 940-736-3420.

New volunteer reserve officer Thomas Bishop has joined the police department.

The new rates for water, sewer and garbage removal that were approved at last month’s meeting are in place and included in the current month’s bill.

Christmas banners will be placed on the street lights on Main Street and Highway 82. They will replace the old Christmas wreaths. The cost is approximately $3,600 and will be funded by the Hotel/Motel account. Currently the account has $8,000.

Aaron Klement will serve on the City’s Park Board, replacing his late father Claude Klement.

The new police vehicle is in use and all equipment has been installed.

The electrical pole in the City Park has been replaced with help from Cooke County Electric Coop.

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