|Regular meetings: First Thursday - 9:30 a.m.
Third Thursday - 6:30 p.m
Greenwood Cemetery Board meeting: Third Thursday - 10:00 a.m.
Planning Zoning - Third Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Clarksville City Hall proudly displays a new City Seal.
(adopted by Ordinance on February 22, 2007 and
received March 13, 2007)
The new City Seal now hanging in the Community
room of Clarksville City Hall is the design and
creation of Mike Brewer.
At the center of this art piece is a carved Eagle backed
by clear skies and the mighty Mississippi River.
As Missouri was the 21st state of the union, there
are 20 stars in the outer circle and one large star
above the eagle representing the state with a
smaller inner star representing the City of
Below the eagle, grasped in its’ talons, is the 1817 date
of establishment surrounded by an oak leaf wreath
symbolizing strength, stability, honor and
endurance. Around the entire seal is a rope frame
tying all of Clarksville together.
|Clarksville City Seal
|Reports from Mayor Smiley
City of Clarksville, Missouri
During the past few decades, Clarksville has used generations
of infrastructure investment for necessary purposes but in the
meantime has substantially underinvested in its maintenance. If
the City addresses the present situation properly and makes
adequate investment in the critical infrastructure needs (water and
sewer lines, streets and sidewalks, storm water drainage, lift
stations, lagoon etc.) jobs can be created, a boost to business
development can result generating long-term revenues that can
jump-start this City’s economy and produce lasting effects.
Taking a long-term view of infrastructure investment is not
new, easy or inexpensive. It is however, a necessary step if the
future of Clarksville is to be as bright as many residents desire.
The efforts in which the City is now engaged can perhaps best be
summed up in the following quote: “Master plans are like road
maps. They chart a hopeful course between the present and some
intended destination, with milestones along the way. Planning is an
adventure in communication as well as in design and policy
development. It is a process of compromise and collaboration in
support of valued goals” – Jon Coe
In meetings during the past few weeks with Residents of
Clarksville, Pike County Commissioners and Mayors, and
Representatives from State and Federal Offices, specific interest
has been generated as attention is directed to the Clarksville
Master Plan. Having such a document prepared indicates that the
residents of the City are interested in progress and stability for the
community. Those persons who have voiced their opinions,
attended meetings relative to planning for the future, shared in the
enthusiasm generated by the positive direction in which Clarksville
is moving, and contributed money and time to the effort are
making a difference for the whole community.
As the City engages in soliciting funding, seeking sources for
implementing choices, growing governmental and institutional and
marketing relationships, and driving forward to a sustainable
community, there is much to be done by every single individual in
Clarksville. Your counsel and consideration are important. Your
willingness to listen and to respond is critical. Your pride in and
enthusiasm for a healthy future for Clarksville is necessary. You
are important in every aspect.
Jo Anne Smiley, Mayor
February 14, 2009
|April 11, 2009
Along the River
Our recent election brought to mind several questions regarding priorities
for Clarksville’s future. What can we expect? What can we believe? How do we know what is
fact and what might not be? Questions like these are often in our thoughts and on our lips these
days as we face uncertain financial times and political upheavals, which impact all of life.
For Clarksville we can expect that left “as is” the aging infrastructure will fail to adequately
support the citizens of the Clarksville community. Clarksville can believe that hard work and
dedication to securing the appropriate solutions to these challenges is essential. We all know for
fact that meeting the regulations required by law and providing better services for the residents
will present additional financial strains.
Clarksville’s size is both a challenge and an opportunity: a challenge because the city does not
have ample resources to solve the problems before us, but an opportunity because change can be
implemented relatively quickly when working at this smaller scale, with a plan of action and
Hopefully this administration is committed to doing what is best for all Clarksville citizens and
doing it well. Every effort should be directed toward providing clear vision into all aspects of
each project consideration along the way.
It is obvious that community support will assist each step of progress. It is
also evident that all who work to implement changes must have the courage to deliver on
commitments, while at the same time assuming responsibility for
Flexibility needs to be an integral part of the process, so that leaders and followers will be more
proactive in both heading off crises and in dealing with those that do occur. Planning and training
are critical of course, but they both require building a tradition of informed dialogue, reasonable
debate and civility in discourse that promotes collaboration across the board.
I appreciate the continuing opportunity to serve as Mayor. In this role, I’ve tried to keep a finger
on the economic pulse by attending meetings on Federal, State, County and local municipal levels
as I believe that successes are connectional for Clarksville. Since most campaign promises are
out-come based, I spoke to what I believe Clarksville deserves and desires. In this term the
projects which I hope to see ongoing include River Front Park, Storm Water and Street projects,
Sewer System upgrades, and Flood Mitigation endeavors. I’d rather be thought of as one who
“attempted” successes than the alternative which is “play it safe and do little or nothing”.
Jo Anne Smiley, Mayor
July 1, 2011
From the Desk
For elected officials in a small community, one of the prime responsibilities
is to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of residents, including
reliable drinking water. Safe drinking water is central to our well-being and
our economic viability, now and in the future.
Most persons take for granted that a turn of the tap in the kitchen or bath
will instantly produce water. However, having good drinking water requires
work. When the water is clean and safe, we can drink it, cook with it, wash
with it, and play in it. Nothing is more important than a clean, safe supply
of water. It directly affects quality of life, public health, environmental
protection, and economic development.
Accompanying the responsibility to provide reliable drinking water is an
equal obligation to be compliant with regulatory requirements for waste
water treatment. Onsite wastewater treatment systems collect, treat, and
release multi gallons of effluent each day. Failing or faltering systems can
pose a serious threat to public health, drinking water resources, and
aquatic life. Failing septic systems are a significant source of ground
The City of Clarksville operates a sewer collection and treatment system
that consists of several miles of clay pipes, manholes, two lift stations and
a lagoon. A large portion of the City lies unprotected from flooding of the
Mississippi River. When flooding occurs, flood waters enter into the sewer
pipes through the tops and sides of submerged manholes. The City’s two
lift stations then pump the combined flood waters and sewage continuously
toward the lagoon treatment system. Because the flood waters carry large
amounts of silt, this sediment can become entrapped in the pipes and the
lift stations. The volume of flood water can effectively render the entire
sewer collection system useless.
The lagoon disinfection project meeting the 2012 regulatory requirements
is the first step in facilitating corrective procedures for improved waste water
service. Comprehensive planning includes dealing with collection,
treatment, manholes, flow monitoring, sewer mapping, and distribution lines
and researching all possible alternatives for the future.
The first storm water drainage project which is scheduled to begin this fall
will assist greatly in each rain event and will be particularly helpful during
flooding events. Each of these projects, though specifically separate,
impacts the other. The coordinating efforts of engineers, employees and
regulating agencies are moving ahead and the end results will be improved
service throughout the community.
Jo Anne Smiley
For more information, contact:
Sr. Public Relations Manager, AT&T
AT&T EXPANDS MOBILE INTERNET COVERAGE IN BOWLING GREEN,
LOUISIANA, EOLIA AND CLARKSVILLE
|New Cell Sites Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment
in Local Wireless Network
BOWLING GREEN, MO., AUGUST 3, 2012 — As part of its continuing network investment to support
growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the
activation of five new mobile Internet cell sites in Bowling Green, Louisiana, Eolia and Clarksville
that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile Internet speeds, AT&T
customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile
The new cell sites are one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to
deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile Internet experience for customers. AT&T has the
nation’s largest 4G network, which provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous
voice and data capabilities.
"Our customers demand the best, most advanced mobile Internet experience. To meet their
demands, AT&T has made an ongoing commitment to investment and innovation in Missouri,” said
John Sondag, AT&T’s Missouri President. “Missouri lawmakers, led by Speaker-Elect Jones,
continue to make Missouri a great place to invest. Today’s announcements highlight the fact that,
aided by the great work of the legislature, Missouri has become an excellent investment story for
AT&T invested more than $2.3 billion in its wireline and wireless networks in Missouri from 2008
“In expanding mobile Internet coverage, AT&T has made a significant economic investment in
Northeast Missouri for which we are very appreciative,” said Missouri House Speaker-Elect Tim
Jones. “Announcements such as this are made possible by the type of pro-business, pro-
investment environment created through the efforts of Representative Jay Houghton and his
colleagues in the Legislature.”
AT&T’s mobile Internet network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family
of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in
the world. AT&T has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing
access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries.
AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well
as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.
AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S.
and provides access to nearly 225,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T
smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and
Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Missouri or anywhere in the United States,
consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can
measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a
July 19, 2012
It is at once difficult and exciting to know where to start this evening. Treasurers of every
kind are in Clarksville. Some of them are yet to be discovered. In the Cemetery there
continues to be revealed history that is being documented and certainly is a part of the
treasures of Clarksville. On the counter you will see a different kind of treasure that has
been uncovered. Apparently from the W. G. Prewitt & Sons Herd a yearly sale of Short Horns
took place. This banner was created by John Mackey in April of 1917 to advertise the sale.
The new owners of the Donna Prewitt home brought it here for all to see.
Highway #79 will close on July 30 for the replacement of the Foley Bridge. Detours will be
posted and can be found on the MoDOT website. In addition to planning for and dealing with
road closures this year, I am informed this week that next year about this time #79 will be
closed from the South for the rebuild of the bridge at Elsberry and will be closed from the
North for the rebuild of the Little Calumet Bridge. The exact dates of closure for each will be
Although we do not have emergency water issues at this time, it is well to advise conservation
of water, particularly as we recognize that the drought is anything but ended. There are many
ways to conserve water that we do not recognize without thinking about it. For example: turn
off the water while shaving or brushing teeth, short showers instead of tub baths, collect and
use water that might otherwise go down the drain to water the garden or a plant etc.
It is also advisable to remind everyone to be mindful of the ease with which a fire can ignite
and to be prepared within as well as around homes to deal with such an emergency. We have
more than enough examples in this area of the damage and destruction that can result from a
I have asked Kathy Weiss to participate in the Emergency Management conferences and
meetings under the direction and guidance of FEMA, SEMA and the County Emergency
Management agencies. As the water and waste water manager, she and Mike Brewer, the EM
officer for Clarksville will work together to keep Clarksville informed and up to date
on requirements for assistance when needed.
On Saturday, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold an
event to paddle to Clarksville Island. The day is planned to allow persons to explore the new
addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System. Equipment is being provided for
transportation and participants have registered ahead of the time. Start time
is 10:00 and all are invited to watch as the paddlers begin their journey.
The infrastructure improvements made in Clarksville in the last seven years are many, but as
we all know, there is much left to do. We recall the improvements made by the gas company
last year. Now there is a possibility of major improvements to be made in electric service to
Clarksville from Ameren MO. This project would include new poles coming to Virginia
(across from the Post office) from the South and coming from the North to the area behind the
shop. Underground lines would serve the downtown area and run along Highway 79. This is a
high priority for Ameren and they are providing the information to us at this time to allow us
the opportunity to understand and to be prepared.
|June 8, 2013
The Clarksville flood defense wall of 2013 still stands. Waiting behind the wall
for the River’s activity in the next days and weeks is not what any community would
choose and yet as a River Town, that is part of the way of life here.
More frequent flood events cause all residents and businesses in the flood plain
to be on constant alert and to make necessary preparations regarding defense of their
property. Some, in Clarksville, have done what they can within the guidelines of
flood plain regulations, to protect their property. Other citizens and businesses have
chosen not to take defensive action. It is the City’s responsibility to defend City
property, including infrastructure. The Emergency Management Team provides
leadership in that effort.
The Clarksville waterfront, though small, is somewhat complicated. It includes
public and private property, federally owned land, a Federal Post Office, a major
railroad, a City Park, underground City utility lines (water, wastewater and storm
water), a major city thoroughfare, businesses, and historic properties. Federal, State
and local controlling guidelines and restrictions are involved throughout.
In years past, the defense methods employed by the City and its’ citizens and
volunteers who have arrived to assist in the effort to ‘save the town’ have been
dubbed successful. Again this year, the Clarksville Emergency Management Team
met the demands of a fast approaching flood event. The wall was created and
unbeaten in defending the Front Street portion of the flood mitigation process.
Materials, supplies and available volunteers were, as before, obtainable upon request
for citizens and businesses in Clarksville.
The expenses continue to increase each time flooding events occur. The cost is
never entirely recovered and the responsibility for paying the remaining bills is that of
the City. For the flood of 2013, there will be no FEMA Federal funds available to
Clarksville. Consequently, beyond SEMA State assistance, a major portion of the
expense is to be met by the City. Although the City is expected by its citizens to
provide flood protection and meet the accompanying expense, in a City budget that is
stretched to the very limit, there are no dollars to cover the cost of such an event.
It is clear to this and previous Boards of Alderman that unfunded flood fighting
in Clarksville cannot continue. A decision to refrain from attempting to protect the
initial point of impact, Front Street, or to provide materials and assistance to the
community will not be an easy decision but one that likely cannot be avoided as the
reality of City finance limitations are recognized.
Jo Anne Smiley