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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Austin HornbostelCity Clerk Aimee Hill, left, swears in new Ward I Alderwoman Lorrie Grimes at Monday’s City Council meeting. Grimes was running unopposed for the seat on the upcoming June ballot.

The California Board of Aldermen voted to continue with building restrictions and suspended utility shutoffs into the month of May at it's monthly meeting Monday.

Access to City Hall will continue to be limited, and the City Council agreed there won't be utility shutoffs during the month of May. As with prior months, the city will still be encouraging utility customers to pay their bills on time as normal.

Monday's meeting also saw the council swear in a new alderwoman. Ward I Alderman Aaron Grimes submitted his resignation and was officially replaced at Monday's meeting by Lorrie Grimes, who was running unopposed on the upcoming June ballot.

Mayor Norris Gerhart also appointed department supervisors and a city attorney for the coming year. All of the individuals who currently hold these positions will continue, as will City Clerk Aimee Hill, who was elected by the Board of Aldermen to continue to serve. The city also retained City Collector Joe Coffelt.

The council approved a number of bids and agreements, including opening a certificate of deposit account at Hawthorn Bank at 0.65 percent interest for the length of one year. A bid for mowing the city's cemetery properties from Twenter Lawn and Landscaping for $1,500 per mowing was also approved, starting June 1 and extending until the end of the year.

The council approved a bid for stormwater pipe to be installed underneath the Moniteau County Fairgrounds in the amount of $11,051, as well as a dumpster bid through Gregory Container for $7,681.

The council also approved an agreement with Bartlett & West for a clarifier project in the amount of $29,387.

In department reports, operations around the city continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The two facility operators at the wastewater treatment plant will continue working in a one-week-on, one-week-off rotation through June 15. The city swimming pool will also stay closed until after the council's next meeting, at least. Baseball and softball seasons for parks and recreation might happen after June 1 but remain up in the air. After being postponed, the city's usual spring street cleanup won't take place this year.

The City Council's next regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. June 1.

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