City contracts for well maintenance service

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Cassville City Council approved a contract with Flynn Drilling Co., of Rolla, to begin a three-year well maintenance program during a July 14 special meeting.

Under this new agreement, Flynn Drilling will inspect all five of the city's wells at least once a year. After the system is inspected, a comprehensive report will be provided to the city. This report will detail the findings of the inspection and include recommendations on preventative and corrective maintenance measures needed.

The cost of any corrective maintenance is not covered in the inspection contract. The agreement also gives the city priority status in an emergency situation.

According to City Admi-nistrator Mike Hayslip, Flynn Drilling will keep computerized records on each well that the city can access easily.

The city will be paying $1,125 to Flynn Drilling for this service. The company has agreed to offer the first year of inspection services free to the city.

"It's time the city start this type of program, which will help us down the road when it comes to well maintenance costs," said Hayslip.

In other business, the city council:

* Approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for an aeronautical survey of the Cassville Municipal Airport. Ninety percent of the cost of the survey will be covered by the city's airport grant. The survey will become part of the airport master plan.

* Heard an administrative report presented by Hayslip. He reported on the July sales tax revenue, which reflected a 15 percent increase over the previous month. Year to date, the city's sales tax revenue is up 1.8 percent. "We were up in July but still relatively flat," Hayslip said.

* Set Saturday, Sept. 20 as the date for the fall city-wide garage sale, which the city intends to coordinate with its fall city-wide clean-up.

* Approved the purchase of a credit card reader for fuel pumps at the Cassville Municipal Airport at a cost of $15,248. Aldermen Pete Landstad and Dennis Baker voted in favor of the expenditure and alderman Terry Heinz voted against it. "This will give us better service at the airport and give us better control over any loss (theft of fuel)," said Landstad. Currently, pilots pay with cash on the honor system. Mayor Tracy Holle said the card reader also falls in line with the city's plan for an improved airport.

* Paid bills totalling $43,298.42.

* Okayed a $33,013 purchase order from Flynn Drilling for repairs to well #2. According to Hayslip, Flynn replaced everything in the well except for the soft start. The pump and motor were under warranty, which saved the city considerable expense, Hayslip said.

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