Wright City to allow wreaths to be placed in cemetery

Posted 6/11/15

By Tim Schmidt Record Managing Editor Wright City has given permission for wreaths to be placed at headstones to honor deceased veterans during the holidays. Coordinators of the local Wreaths Across …

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Wright City to allow wreaths to be placed in cemetery


Record Managing EditorWright City has given permission for wreaths to be placed at headstones to honor deceased veterans during the holidays.Coordinators of the local Wreaths Across America effort approached city officials at the Oct. 22 board of aldermen meeting. Members voted 4-0 to approve the request.“It’s a beautiful cemetery, it’s huge,” Judy Strauss said. “We would like to include your veterans.”Wreaths also will be placed at cemeteries in Wentzville, including Eternal Peace, St. Patrick’s, Linn and South Linn, and in Warrenton, according to organizers.A ceremony is scheduled to be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 323 in Wentzville.In September, a Wright City business, Wolford Auto Sales, raised $650 to be used to purchase wreaths. Each wreath costs $15.This year, organizers would like to raise as much money as possible to honor the fallen veterans.“There are veterans there who deserve it,” said Roger Stewart, who assists with the wreath project.Wreaths Across America is a nationwide program designed to honor fallen veterans by placing wreaths on their headstones. It began in 1992 when volunteers decorated and laid wreaths at graves at Arlington National Cemetery. It has grown so big that 540,000 wreaths were donated and placed at over 900 participating locations in 2013.More information can be found at wreathsacrossamerica.org.In other news• Aldermen are reviewing a proposal from Turning Point to increase municipal court fines from $2 to $4 that would be used to support the women’s shelter. According to the proposal, the state Legislature authorized the $2 increase in 2014. A government body must pass an ordinance to increase the fines.• The board postponed action on a conditional use permit application until gathering more information. Leonard Brown has proposed opening an auto detailing and auto sales business at 391 E. Service Road North. The city’s planning and zoning commission had recommended approval as long as the parking lot was paved and recommendations made by Building Inspector Robert Barclay were followed.• The board voted to authorize funds to be spent on a radio repeater project that should improve communication between police officers and 911 dispatch. The total estimated cost is $4,420. The city will be asking 911 to cover half of the expense. Initially, the project cost was projected to be between $8,000-$8,500.• No action was taken on a request to subdivide the former St. Charles First Assembly of God property on Westwoods Road until a rezoning request is received.• The board agreed to withhold 5 percent as part of the waterline project on Westwoods Road since the contractor, MB Construction, will have to return next spring for minor work. The total project cost was $195,566.• An ordinance exercising the first renewal term under a promissory note issued to FMB Bank was unanimously approved. The city obtained the load to purchase police cars. Its 2015 payment is $11,314.48. If the loan was not renewed, the city would be required to pay $67,886.24 at the end of the year.• The board authorizing spending $848 to purchase new handguns for the police department.• The city cashed in a certificate of deposit in the amount of $55,8778.15 and transferred $25,000 from the general fund to the street light fund. The request was passed by a 4-0 vote.• A training request in the amount of $776.19 to send two employees from the public works department to a two-day training session at the Lake of the Ozarks was approved. Public Works Director Larry Janish said money was available in the budget to cover the cost.Wright City