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From left, Purple Heart award recipients Norman Carte, Dale Bjorgaard, Kenneth Brauer, Andy Ingalsbe, and World War II veteran Jack McNevin, with Order of the Purple Heart officials John Dismer, Paul Weeks and Ted Scott. (ORN Photo)

From left, Purple Heart award recipients Norman Carte, Dale Bjorgaard, Kenneth Brauer, Andy Ingalsbe, and World War II veteran Jack McNevin, with Order of the Purple Heart officials John Dismer, Paul Weeks and Ted Scott. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The city of West Plains was honored with the designation of being a Purple Heart City at the Monday meeting.

John Dismer with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, who bestowed the designation on the city, celebrated the city’s dedication to and celebration of veterans young and old.

Also, City Clerk Mallory Prewett received the designation of Missouri Registered City Clerk from the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association. Mansfield City Clerk Sheila Matlock, who is also with group, talked about the designation:

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Also at the meeting the West Plains Police Department gave a presentation concerning a proposed ordinance requiring second-hand stores, pawn shops and other stores that purchase merchandise to electronically report the purchase to police. Detective Bryan Brauer told the city council about the proposed ordinance:

West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett, left, receiving her city clerk certification from  Mansfield City Clerk Sheila Matlock. (ORN Photo)

West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett, left, receiving her city clerk registration from Mansfield City Clerk Sheila Matlock. (ORN Photo)

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Brauer added that they hope to have the proposed ordinance to the council for their possible approval next meeting.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the council approved the property tax rates for the general revenue fund and for the library fund, which went unchanged from last year’s rates. The property tax rate will stay at .2972 per $100 assessed valuation for general revenue fund, and .20 per $100 assessed valuation for the library fund.

The council also approved the vacation of an unused alley off of South Howell Avenue and a site development plan for the Holiday Inn Express at the corner of Preacher Roe and Worley Drive in West Plains. A resolution supporting a proposed 40 unit multi-family affordable housing development known as Hawthorn Heights on the north side Deatherage Avenue. City documents state that all of the apartment units will be rented to families at or below 60% of the average area income.

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