Board says good-bye to Alderman


The Perryville Board of Aldermen discussed a few issues, and said good bye to a long-time board member at the latest meeting on April 2.
The board approved a resolution and is entering into a real estate purchase and sale agreement with Baily Revocable Living Trust. The acquisition of this property for the park maintenance department will allow for ease of deliveries, better access to the highway system, and additional much- needed space. As proposed, the City hopes to close prior to May 1.
The board also approved entering into an airport aid agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Project relative to Runway Rehabilitation at the Perryville Regional Airport.
This paperwork is required by MoDOT to make official the State Block Grant Agreement for $10,696,463 (90% est.) and the Airport Aid Agreement for $594,247 (5 percent est.) to assist with the upcoming Runway 2/20 Rehabilitation project. The remaining 5 percent of costs will belong to the City of Perryville.
In the consent agenda, the board approved the Perry Park Center’s 25th anniversary celebration. 2024 marks the 25th anniversary of the Park Center’s opening.
The recent updates have been well received and more improvements are planned in this and future budget years. May 15 is actually the anniversary but that month tends to be exceedingly busy with graduations and other park events so staff would like to instead celebrate the anniversary as part of Parks and Recreation Month in July.

The board approved the application for the “Laid Back on I-55 Truck Show scheduled August 16-17. Laid Back on I-55 Truck Show” has become an annual event for our community and is a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association. The proposed event will be held Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, 2024. The request asks for road closures for the event and for permission to hold the Saturday evening convoy, complete with a police escort. They also ask the City to provide picnic tables and trash receptacles to be delivered Friday morning. With Board permission, most of the trucks will come to town and park on the downtown square. In addition, they are asking permission to use the Downtown Plaza Friday night for music and Saturday during the day for the talent show and music.
The board also approved Mayor Riney’s approval of recommendation from the members of the Fire Department to re-appoint Jeremy Triller as Fire Chief for the City of Perryville. Chief Triller has served as the Fire Chief since 2012 and was again elected by members of the Department to continue serving as Fire Chief. He, along with others, will be officially sworn in at the next meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
At the beginning of the meeting, the board was introduced to Brenden Bauer, who will serve as the next building inspector for the City. Bauer will work with current inspector Ray Jackson until he retires, then will take over as the sole inspector. Parks and Recreation Director Jim Cadwell introduced Lynnzie McGraw as the new Theater and Concessions Supervisor.
Throughout the meeting, the board mentioned kind comments about Ward 1 Alderman Tom Guth, who did not apply for re-election after a long career as an Alderman. Mayor Riney presented Guth with a plaque for his years of service.
“Tom has been a vital member of this group for many years and has been a big part of many of the decisions that we have made,” Riney said.
Deanna Kline was elected on April 2 during the General Municipal election.
The next meeting will be April 16.