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The California Board of Aldermen met in a brief meeting Monday night, thanks to the start of the Moniteau County Fair, to handle business.

The board voted to lift some restrictions last month, namely the one week on, one week off rotation for the two operators at California's wastewater treatment plant. Coronavirus cases in the county have spiked throughout July, with 29 cases active as of Monday evening shortly after the close of the meeting's open session. As a result, the group agreed the plant's operators should return to the previous rotation system until September's meeting, when the board will again reassess.

In other business, the board set a public hearing and special meeting date to set the city's property tax rate. The hearing and meeting will take place Aug. 24.

The group also approved an ordinance reaffirming the city's commitment to the fair and ethical disclosure of potential conflicts of interest for municipal officials — this ethics ordinance is passed again each year, abiding by state law.

The board also approved the use of Smithburg Park by the California Nutrition Center for a fundraiser Sept. 19 in conjunction with the Ham & Turkey Celebration.

In city department reports, the California Police Department made a pair of officer hires, bringing in Nick Stobbart and Jacob McGinnis, who will start later in August. With the CPD's July hires, the department finally returns to a full officer staff.

The California Board of Aldermen's next meeting is set at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 due to Labor Day weekend.

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