Last night’s Kirksville City Council meeting was well attended, both by Truman Students and disgruntled citizens.
Truman’s Tru-Leaders Academy was visiting to see local government at work, and the citizens were residents of Shockey’s Mobile Home Court. Council member Robert Edge spoke directly to the students during discussion in the Council’s Study Session about the importance of community and citizen involvement in government, but the students had already left before the citizen participation portion of the meeting, when that rhetoric was put to the test.
At that point several residents of Shockey’s stepped forward to air their grievances concerning a planned 30,000 gallon propane tank that will be constructed in an area across from their homes. Resident Glen Miller spoke first:
Many mentioned the tanks proximity to not only their homes, but numerous businesses on the north end of Kirksville, and cited past examples of tank explosions and devastations around the country, insisting the tank should not be within city limits. The residents have voiced concerns over the tank before, when plans were in their early stages. Despite the opposition, city council members approved the plan last night.