Rector Council Meets

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Rector City Council selected an engineer as a step to begin painting the water tower and tabled a decision on the future use of the Rector Armory during a special meeting Tuesday, April 12.

Horner and Shifrin engineering firm of Poplar Bluff was selected by the council to begin planning the major painting project. All council members said that CEA and Horner and Shifrin, the two firms under consideration, were very similar and qualified to take on the large project, but all were impressed with the diligence and persistence of Horner and Shifrin representative Shannon Todd's willingness to meet, answer questions and attend meetings.

The council has been considering potential uses for the Rector National Guard Armory since the facility was turned over to the city following its closure by the state last year.

At the beginning of the meeting it seemed the council favored retaining armory for possible city use. However, as discussion took place with Rector school superintendent Johnny Fowler and elementary principal Nate Henderson, it appeared the council is considering leasing and possibly selling the armory to the school with the stipulation that, if the school decides to sell the property, the city has first option to buy it back.

The council also approved city superintendent Todd Watson to change the Rector Memorial Park RV electrical connections from 30 amp to 50 amp.

Aldermen Ryan Lawrence, David Romine, Lark Sigsby and Iva Fahr were present for the meeting.

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