New alderman takes seat on Cassville Council

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Cassville City Council accepted an alderman's resignation and appointed a new council member at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 15.

"It is with regret that I will hand in my verbal resignation due to relocation of residency," said Gary Whyte, north ward alderman. "Effective this evening, I will be living in the south ward, which will leave my seat vacant. I will miss it greatly."

Lonnie McCullough, Cass-ville police chief, presented Whyte with an Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) appreciation plaque, for his commitment to area youth and service on the Cassville City Council.

"I appreciate all the time and effort you have put in as an alderman," said Mayor Jim Craig. "Your insight has always been effective. We will miss you a lot."

After a recommendation by Craig, the aldermen appointed Joe Cavness, Cassville R-IV School District director of operations, to the vacant north ward alderman seat. Cavness was sworn into office by Kelly Paul, city clerk.

In other business, the council continued a previous discussion concerning schools and building permit fees.

State law restricts the city council from charging the Cassville School District building permit and inspection fees, said Mike Hayslip, city administrator.

"State law basically indicates that the city cannot enforce its laws and ordinances on another political subdivision," said Hayslip.

Since the school district is a political subdivision, the city has no right to inspect or enforce city codes on the district's building project.

Hayslip recommended the aldermen allow Jeff Stockton, building inspector, to inspect the building project, point out violations and document his findings to protect the city if violations bring up questions in the future.

The city will also refund $1,200 to the district for permit fees that were charged by Branco during phase one of the building project.

In other business, the Cassville City Council:

• Approved a $2,850 purchase order to Consulting Analytical Services for an annual sludge test.

• Tabled a personnel policies ordinance.

• Approved an agreement for dispatching services through the Barry County Sheriff's Department.

• Approved a $2,010 purchase order to Applied Concepts, Inc., for a police department dual radar unit.

• Appointed Greg Allen to the Board of Adjustments.

• Approved a $4,993 purchase order to Harry Cooper Supply for water supplies.

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