Next month, regular St. Clair Board of Aldermen meeting attendees may just have to follow the bouncing ball a little bit in order to attend the city’s regular business sessions.

Normally, the board meets every first and third Monday of the month in the council chambers in city hall.

However, that will not be the case in September.

Because of conflicts, the aldermen approved switching the dates of both their meetings next month. The change also will affect the St. Clair Parks and Recreation Board, which now will delay its September meeting to accommodate the city council.

The unanimously approved motion means the aldermen now will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23.

Normal meeting days would have been Sept. 2 and 16.

“We typically have a problem with Labor Day,” City Administrator Rick Childers said about the first Monday of September.

“However, in addition we have the Missouri Municipal League conference from the 15th to the 18th.

“So, we need to reschedule both of our meetings.”

After brief discussion, the dates were approved.

The Sept. 23 aldermen meeting will take place on the night the park board usually meets, which is the fourth Monday of each month.

To accommodate the council, park board members agreed to delay their meeting one week to 6 p.m. on Sept. 30.

City hall will be closed as usual on Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

The aldermen also have a second scheduled 2014 budget workshop scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, in city hall. That meeting will start an hour before the regularly scheduled September planning and zoning board meeting that begins at 7 p.m.

Other Business

In other business from Aug. 19, the aldermen approved spending up to $10,000 to repair the SCADA system for lift station 4, which is part of the city’s wastewater system.

The electronic telemetry system for all of St. Clair’s five lift stations are inoperative, Childers said, requiring daily visits to determine status and operation and more frequent visits during wet weather events.

The city administrator said that the city’s contracted repair source, EIC, estimates that repairs to SCADA for lift station 4 alone will be somewhat less that $10,000.

“With the work being undertaken (on the wastewater system), the administration requests an approved motion to repair the SCADA for lift station 4 at a cost not to exceed $10,000,” Childers said. “I think it’s critical that the lift station has information available on a ready basis.”

Also, a one-day picnic liquor license was issued to Lori Gratzer, chairman of the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce’s Merchants Committee, to use during the Main Street Festival on Sept. 21.