Cassville council receives project update

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cassville city aldermen received an update during Monday night's council meeting on the police department renovation project that is nearly complete.

According to City Administrator Mike Hayslip, the project that involved renovating and enlarging City Hall to make room for the Cassville Police Department will be finished this week when the security system is installed and becomes operational.

"The project for all intents and purposes is complete except for a few punch list items," said Hayslip. "It's taken us five months from when we started to where we're moved in today, and overall we're underbudget."

Police department offices have been moved to their new City Hall location from the former Cassville Police Department facility located at the corner of Third and West Streets. The new facility also includes room for the Missouri State Highway Patrol's zone office as well as a community room and an office for an economic development director.

Hayslip said a public open house would be scheduled in the next month or two to give citizens an opportunity to tour the new space.

To date, the project is running $7,812.14 underbudget. Total project cost currently stands at $426,898.27. The city had budgeted $434,710.41 for the project.

In addition to the renovation project, the city council voted to construct a new parking lot on city-owned property located on West Street behind City Hall at a cost of $43,620.67. The much needed parking area should be open this week, according to Hayslip.

In other business, the Cassville City Council:

• Held a public hearing on a voluntary annexation request submitted by Anne and Jerry Crowe. The Crowes were asking the city to annex three lots they own in the Southern Hills subdivision. With no opposition voiced during the hearing, the council approved the annexation request.

• Approved a resolution re-appointing Brenda Beck to another four-term on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. Beck's term will expire on Dec. 9, 2011.

• Paid bills totalling $125,664.10.

• Voted to allow the Cassville R-IV School District to construct vault-style toilets at Rocky Edmondson Park by waiving the requirement that the district hook onto the city's sewer system. This request was presented by Cassville Superintendent Jim Orrell at the council's Dec. 17 meeting. The school was initially told it would have to bring its request before the city's Variance Board, but further study revealed that the request could be approved by the council.

• Heard a "Meet Your Neighbor" report provided by Mayor Tracy Holle. In an effort to recognize outstanding citizens for their support of their community, Holle highlighted the volunteer efforts of William and Bessie Stover who have been working to help maintain a piece of city-owned property in the Sherwood Hills subdivision. The couple are beautifying the lots that now house a city pump station. "I just want to do this from time to time to recognize outstanding citizens and let our community know we live in a great town."

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