City takes steps to increase water, sewer rates
Water and sewer bills will most likely increase for Steelville residents this year. Steelville aldermen passed the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the city’s water and sewer rates at the last council meeting held on August 4. Discussion on the proposed increase began in May as the city council looked at the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year beginning July 1. And, although concerns about the current system were raised, the consensus was that rates were simply too low to maintain it effectively.
A group of Steelville Presbyterian adults and youth traveled to Abiquiu, New Mexico in July to spend a week at Ghost Ranch, a naturally beautiful, historical, and spiritual retreat center located in the middle of the New Mexico desert. There they were exposed to a rural community much different from Steelville and were able to perform many tasks to help ensure the continuing efforts of several organizations that put others before themselves.
Council schedules tax levy hearing
Little action was taken during the August 4 Steelville City Council meeting, but several items were discussed. The following are notes from the meeting:
Howdeshell Jr. steps down as Gibbs administrator
The Board of Directors of Gibbs Care Center in Steelville has announced that Administrator Larry Howdeshell Jr. will be leaving the organization in September. Howdeshell has accepted an opportunity to join a regional healthcare organization that will allow him to further develop his extraordinary skills in managing healthcare facilities.
Steelville Country Club passes half-million-dollar mark in donations
The Steelville Country Club has now given more than half a million dollars to the local community. The club gave $69,257 in 2013 and 2014 for a total of $537,664 in the past 14 years.
School district getting ready for August 14 start
Steelville students will be wrapping up their summer as they prepare for the 2014-15 school year, which begins Thursday, August 14. The high school, middle school, and elementary buildings are hard at work preparing for another year of learning and there is a lot of information that parents and students understand before returning to school.