ODESSA, Mo – A meeting of the Odessa Board of Aldermen Monday night recognized current city employees, and appointed new ones.

The city recognized Jennifer LeBlanc for five years of service.

A city ordinance allows the mayor to fill the vacant position of City Administrator.  Nicole Wilson is expected to take the job.  She would replace the interim administrator Sid Rustman.  A contract offers a three year term. She is currently an administrator at Pleasant Hill.

David Vailes was appointed to a three-year term on the park board.

Changes to the Community Development Code and penalties for zoning regulations were amended to comply with state statutes.  The amendment reduces jail time and fines for code violations.

An ordinance establishes language for an issue to be placed on the April ballot.  A referendum would ask voters for authorization to sell the Water and Waste Water systems to the Missouri subsidiary of American Water;  the nation’s largest public water utility.   The starting price offered for Odessa’s assets, is $17.5 million.  An ongoing valuation of the system may determine a different price, however, voters would approve the sale at no less than the stated amount.  The large cash influx resulting from the proposed sale would be used for paying bond obligations.  Language on the ballot is due by the end of January.   The board voted for approval of the current language by a 4 – 2 margin.  Aldermen Stevens and Carmody were against the ordinance.

The growing trend toward water consolidation into larger entities may be the result of the declining ability of smaller markets, linked to population, finance, and increasing regulation.

Interim Administrator, Rustman gave his report to the board, which included information on the temporary suspension of animal control services.