Trustees talk about Welcome to Village of Argyle signs

By Linda Trest, Staff Writer
Posted 11/4/21

Argyle trustees at their regular meeting on Oct. 21 discussed the placement and display of the recently placed “Welcome to Argyle” signs, which were put up somewhat hurriedly before last …

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Trustees talk about Welcome to Village of Argyle signs


Argyle trustees at their regular meeting on Oct. 21 discussed the placement and display of the recently placed “Welcome to Argyle” signs, which were put up somewhat hurriedly before last month’s Fall Festival. Mayor Ryan Davis reported that he has heard a lot of comments that the supplemental signs (VFW and Purple Heart City) detract from the “coolness” of the main sign. 

Davis takes the blame for that, saying, “Ultimately it is the decision of the board, but we invited them to participate and probably should have been a little more involved in the process”.

The VFW Hall sign is not the 19-inch x 19-inch size that was planned. 

“It wasn’t exactly what I thought would be displayed,” said Davis. “I thought they would have the VFW emblem with the council number, but they have to pay to use the official emblem and cannot do it without approval.” 

Plans are to have a Knights of Columbus Hall sign and a church parish sign added to the sides with all the village non-profits represented. The K of C Hall sign, Davis says, will be within the size parameters. The parish sign has not yet been approved. 

Village Clerk Kym Brunnert suggested solar lights for their part of the sign. She also suggested they not allow political signs around it. Davis thought the lights were a good idea, but the signs themselves are on private property, so trustees have little say as to what will be displayed. 

Trustee Ronnie Brunnert suggested the supplemental signs could be put on a bracket on the sides. A pole could also be used. Davis suggested they wait until the remaining two signs arrive before moving forward with a permanent display.

In other business, trustees chose to move forward with adopting an ordinance pertaining to abandoned vehicles on their streets. 

Trustee Todd Wildhaber said that he found no ordinances on the books dealing with abandoned vehicles. 

Davis suggests adopting an ordinance allowing for a warning with an established time period for the owner to come into compliance. After that warning period expires, the vehicle would be towed at the owner’s expense with the towing company responsible for the billing.

Kym Brunnert offered to type up the ordinance once she gets the specifics and email a draft to trustees ahead of the next meeting. 

Trustees also discussed the futility of enforcing the “Dogs at Large” ordinance, which Davis calls a “constant battle.”

Currently, people in the village are complaining about dogs owned by people outside the village limits. 

Trustees acknowledged the ordinance is useless without a way to enforce it. With dog owners outside village limits, it becomes a county issue. “At the end of the day, the liability falls on the dog owner,” said Davis.

* Kym Brunnert has opened a new bank account strictly for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. 

Ronnie Brunnert asked if that money was necessarily for sewer expenses. Davis said they also have the option of paying the board salaries since they are essential workers and could reimburse Argyle for their salaries during the period. “We could also reimburse some sewer fees,” Davis said. “We can eat it up.” 

* Correspondence from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about revising Argyle’s sewer permit has been submitted to Gary Webber with Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA), who is assisting with the permitting process. A soils investigation of the area around the soil treatment area will be required within one year of issuance. 

Davis said Tom Brunnert has been doing the daily sampling and will be responsible for delivering quarterly samples to Rolla. If there are no objections within 60 days, the permit revision will be granted.

Ronnie Brunnert will take down the flags after Veteran’s Day.

* Argyle’s general city account had a balance of $39,388.60. Deposits totaled $4,440.16 and total expenditures for September were $2,552.13. The village MMDA account balance was $63,882.73. The sewer payment account had $2695.56, the debt service account balance was $24,089.62, and the sewer MMDA account held $30,005.55.

* At Kym Brunnert’s suggestion, trustees decided to cancel their December meeting. There is little business to conduct that month. If something comes up, they will call a meeting.