Stantonville board discusses Veteran’s Memorial

By David Shirley


The mayor and aldermen of Stantonville held their regularly scheduled meeting last Monday at 7 p.m. at the Stantonville Civic Center. 

Present for the meeting were Mayor Larry Raines, Alderman Ed McDaniel and Alderman Larry Russell.

The board discussed the ongoing project by the local Ruritan club to erect a Veteran’s Memorial that would honor anyone who has ever been in the armed forces, in any of the five services.

The town is providing the land for the memorial and will provide some assistance in the construction phase. 

The memorial is anticipated to cost approximately $12,000. The group is trying to raise enough funding, $2,500, to qualify for a matching grant from Modern Woodmen.

As part of the fundraising effort, the group will sponsor a hamburger steak supper at the Stantonville Civic Center at 5 p.m. Friday, May 13. The Adamsville High School band will be on hand to perform.

The board also discussed the town making a donation to the effort, but decided to wait till after the dinner to decide on an amount.

The group reviewed their yearly financial report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. A $3,200 deposit mistakenly made by the state into the town street account was rerouted to the general fund, where it should have went in the first place. 

The board made note of the fact that the town experienced only a $900 net loss in revenue for the year just ended, compared to the previous year, which the members were pleased with during these trying economic times. 

Board members also discussed a potential candidate to fill the state- mandated financial officer position by July 2012.

Also discussed was the latest census results, which showed a small decrease, and will have a slightly negative impact on revenues from the state. 

Mayor Raines announced that the town was “slowly and surely” getting its indebtedness paid down. It stands at $30,000 now and will be paid off in 2018.

Mayor Raines also told the aldermen that the $278,000 HUD grant which was to be used to purchase a new fire truck and communications equipment, and was thought to be a done deal, is still on hold, although the money had already been allocated by the federal government. 

The reason for the hold is the question as to whether the grants will be allowed to be used for the purchase of new equipment, or if it will be used only for the repair of damaged equipment.

The town leaders also discussed the need for some local roads needing patching. 

Mayor Raines said he would be getting in touch in the next couple of days with the folks responsible for checking the town’s storm warning sirens to make sure they are fully operational and working correctly.

One last item of business to be brought up was the ongoing issue of needing to find a new insurance provider to take care of workers compensation needs for the Stantonville Fire Department.