June 30, 2009

I Have Come To The Conclusion…..

Posted in General at 11:57 pm by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

That I could never be an animal control officer.  Why?  It is quite simple.  I would end up in jail the first week.  Why?  For padlocking a 15 pound chain around the neck of the owner,  staking him or her in their back yard with no food or water, covering them with fleas and ticks and walking away.  When caught my excuse could be that I checked on them a couple of days ago and they were fine.  I really need to quit watching Animal Cops.

That Transformers II has more plot inconsistencies than I can count but I still liked the entertainment.  There is something about the whole transformer idea that just captivates my imagination.

That this is an idea I would probably never think of.

grill

That this is not a fire alarm but I would surely bust out laughing if I ever walked into someones home and saw this.

fire alarm

That warning labels are getting to dumb for words.  Like…

On a hair dryer – Do Not Use While Sleeping.

On Frozen Dinners – Serving Suggestion: Defrost

Product May Be Hot After Heating.

On An Iron – Do Not Iron Clothes On Body.

On A Sleep Aid – Warning My Cause Drowsiness.

On Peanuts –  Warning May Contain Nuts.

That these are a couple of cool iceberg pictures.

ice pic 1ice pic 2

And my final conclusion of the evening…..

That when ever the TV says they have breaking news be prepared to hear it repeated ad nauseam every 8 minutes for days.

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June 20, 2009

Parade And Park Pics

Posted in General at 1:58 pm by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

It goes without saying that I have a hate/hate relationship with my camera and its batteries.  When I manage to take a picture they turn out pretty good.  But when I manage to do something wrong which is just about every time I use it I lose pictures never to be recovered again.  This year I managed to lose the first 16 pictures while changing the batteries and memory stick.  Do I know how I managed this feat, of course not.  Do I think it will happen again.  Of course it will.  For a camera that is suppose to be point and click it has more menus than the operating system on my computer.

Anyway, here are the parade pictures that I managed to get and a few from the park later in the day.

If you wish to see a larger view just click on the picture.  Use the back button to return to the whole post.

June 14, 2009

Sunday Mornings, Snakes And The Stock Market

Posted in General at 11:02 am by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

Sunday mornings have always been the part of the week that I look forward to the most.  This morning I caught myself remembering the different Sunday morning rituals that developed and changed over the years.  Having lived in so many different places over the last 37 years it amazes me how the rituals have changed and stayed the same.

Weekly brunches, barbeque’s, ball games, movie matinees and naps all factored in depending on where I was living and what sports I was involved with at the time.  But the one enduring thing I always did no matter where I was living was sit down and read the Sunday paper.  It seemed like that was the only day that I actually had time to sit still long enough to read the paper.  I looked forward to that hour or so every week.

I quit reading the Sunday paper about 8 months ago after I realized that it was no longer enjoyable.  The editorials were weak minded and biased, the funnies were barely so, the TV guide was printed so small that I needed cheaters along with my bifocals to decipher the shows and the size of the paper kept shrinking.   All in all it was more irritating that enjoyable to read it so I just quit buying it.

That does not mean that I do not miss it though.  I do every Sunday morning.  I miss the smell of the ink, the smudged fingers and the tangible feel of turning the page.  All of which you do not get from a mouse and screen.  It just does not feel like a Sunday morning any more…..

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I am happy to announce that I have not had a snake encounter since sweeping the one out of the house a while back.  Knock wood it stays that way.

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As always these are my thoughts and mine alone.  Take from it what you will.

How about those markets?  Here are my thoughts on what is going on in the markets the coming months and years.

The DJIA will continue to rise in a bear market rally to the 9000 to 9600 range.  This is a very good place to get out of the market before the bear continues to march downward.  I do not see it going any higher than that since the last leg down went considerably lower than the 7450 I previously thought.  The next leg down will in all likely hood  get to the 4000 level late this year or early next year.  This is considerably lower than the 6000 level I initially thought would happen.

There is some disturbing news popping up about 401k’s being frozen from withdrawals.  Especially if they are invested in commercial real estate.  Now is the time to check yours out and make sure that you are still in charge of your money.

The oil market is going to be a killer to pocketbooks in the coming months and years.  This rally is just about over.  It should get to about the 75 to 77 dollar range before heading back to the 20 to 25 dollar range in the near term before climbing higher again.  However in the out years it will go as high as 350 to 400 dollars a barrel.  Not a pretty thing to think about.  This climb in price will have nothing to do with scarcity or increasing demand.  It will be the direct result of inflation.  In the last year the Federal Reserve has doubled the money supply in circulation in the US.  They will continue to do so in their attempt to stave off a depression.  It will not work and climbing inflation will result.  In effect the dollar will be worth less and less requiring more and more dollars to purchase the same amounts of goods.  Manufacturers are sidestepping inflation now by packaging smaller amounts for the same price.

Gold will continue its way down.  Now is not the time to believe that gold will hit a new high any time soon.  It is in a bear market also.  Look for it to go below the 680 level before a rebound.  Remember that news is does not create trends.  The trend is lower and will continue that way.  The price of gold will slump along with the economy.

June 8, 2009

June Regular City Council Meeting

Posted in Council Meetings at 11:42 pm by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

A motion was made and passed to renewal all of the annual beer, wine, liquor and cigarette permits.

The resolutions for the new city hall, library and police station were passed.

Mr. Foy was not available to discuss the planning & zoning recommendations for the truck routes.  The council discussed this issue briefly and decided to take no action until Mr. Foy was present.

A motion was made and passed to spend $65k for a new fire truck.

Payment #1 for $584,894.86 was approved for Henningsen Construction for the 2008 Street Project.

The council approved the resolution to authorize the Adair County Landfill to issue bonds.

The city wide clean up netted 81 items netting 8,351 lbs of washers, dryers, refrigerators and stoves.

Robert requested and recieved approval for a total of 50 additional hours to cover the additional patrol work required for Good Egg Days.

Mr. Ashour recommended a 4% pay raise for the remaining city employees (street, sewer and police personnel).  The council approved the 4% raise for  all city employees except Mr. Airhart.  Mr. Crawford’s motion was that Mr. Airhart’s pay raise be determined at the next council meeting after a possible closed session performance review.

The council passed the $4.590 million bond resolution.  This resolution converts all the city’s loans from short term to long term covering all the current construction projects.

There was no new business discussed.

The following Old Business was discussed.

Cornerstone Construction raised an objection to the council that their bid was actually lower than Septagon based on how two of the contract “add ons” were worded.  The architect explained to the council that the objection raised was based on an inaccurate understanding of a bid item by Cornerstone and that the bid was correctly awarded to the lowest bidder, Septagon.

The mayor raised a question about the new home based sign business on 2nd Street wanting to know if it is allowed under the city code.  Mr. Bump informed the council that home based businesses were allowed under the code as long as they have a low impact on the area.

Mr. Sherman requested a monthly update on all the construction projects currently ongoing in town telling them what is happening with each project.

Mr. Airhart informed the council that he had contacted the DOT about the road on each side of the interstate bridge.  DOT is only responsible for the bridge deck and 20 feet of each side of the deck.  The problem areas are outside of their responsibility and belong to the city for maintenance.  Mr. Airhart asked about getting some of the stimulus money and he was given a name and number for the DOT Atlantic Office.  The council asked Mr. Airhart to contact the Atlantic Office and inquire about funding assistance.

The mayor asked about the speed zone needed for the new high school.  There was some discussion about the different options available but no one had any current information from the school on the results of their traffic study and engineers recommendations.  Mr. Ashour is to get with the school and have the information for the next meeting.

June 5, 2009

Agenda, June Regular City Council Meeting

Posted in Agenda at 8:49 pm by thevoicesofstuart

Here is the agenda for the Monday night city council meeting.

Agenda, June City Council Meeting

June 2, 2009

Agenda, June, Special Joint Meeting (Updated)

Posted in Agenda at 4:41 pm by thevoicesofstuart

Here is the agenda for the Wednesday night special joint meeting.

Agenda, June Special Joint Meeting

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Update is in the comment section.