Council hears commercial growth ideas

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Gary Fields addressed the Cassville City Council with several economic development issues during the regularly scheduled meeting on March 21.

Fields asked for permission to place a wireless antenna on the new city water tower located near the Wal-Mart Supercenter. He plans to use the antenna to network Security Bank branches in Cassville, Exeter and Wheaton.

Mayor Jim Craig said he did not foresee any problem with Fields' request, but the council made no formal decision regarding the issue.

Fields also delivered a formal request for city water access on behalf of the Cassville Fire Department board.

The council asked Fields if the department would consider participating in the costs for the water extension.

Although Fields could not answer for the department board, he said he believes the department would be able to contribute some funds to the project.

The alderman asked Kati Rose, acting city administrator, to research preliminary engineer-ing and project costs for the proposed water line extension.

Fields also discussed several commercial development ideas with the council. He stressed the city's need to develop an economic and retail business plan for the future.

Current economic develop-ment problems include lack of parking and costs of developing property, said Fields.

"Cassville is going to miss the opportunities happening in Monett and the development happening in Seligman," said Fields. "We're located at a cross roads, and we are missing out on a tub full of retail sales."

Fields asked the council to use his ideas, which he presented in written form, as a starting point for discussion. He also suggested the council look into the appointment of an economic development committee to research possible ideas for commercial development.

In other business, the Cassville City Council:

  • Accepted a $2,274.09 bid from R & D Communications for radio equipment for the new city patrol car.

  • Accepted a bid from Able 2 for a light bar for the new city patrol car.

  • Approved a $2,220 purchase order to Ray Lindsey Co. for ultraviolet lamps to be used at the treatment plant.

  • Approved a $5,000 purchase order to the Cassville Chamber of Commerce for the 2006 grant.

  • Appointed Gary Whyte and Les Jacobs to two-year terms on the Cassville Airport Board.

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