Washburn council votes to help with school caution lights

Thursday, August 21, 2008

On June 25, the Washburn City Council approved an expense that will help the Southwest R-V School District install school caution and crossing lights on Highway 96 in Washburn.

The school district requested the city help cover the costs to purchase and install the lights near the Southwest campus. The cost, which is estimated to be around $10,000, will be shared by the city, the school district and the Southwest Parents as Teachers Organization (PTO).

The district asked the city to cover around $3,000 of the total cost to install the lights. After the lights have been installed, the school will be responsible for paying the electric bill for the lights.

The aldermen voted to give the school district $3,500 to help purchase the lights. The funds will be taken out of the city's general fund.

Mark Brooks, water and wastewater superintendent, reported that the city's water system improvement project is progressing as quickly as possible due to the wet weather Barry County has experienced over the last few months.

Brooks plans to begin smoke testing the sewer lines, which is required by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as soon as possible. He plans to use equipment and resources available through the Missouri Rural Water Association to complete the tests.

After Brooks' report, the aldermen approved a contract that will allow the Missouri Rural Water Association to assist the city to complete the sewer line tests. The contract relieves the water association from responsibility for any damage or injuries caused by the tests.

In other business, the Washburn City Council:

* Introduced Staci Day, who has been appointed to the west ward alderman seat that was vacated by Dave Pendergraft in May.

* Amended the 2007-08 fiscal year budget and accepted the 2008-09 fiscal year budget.

* Appointed Ray Hayworth as mayor pro-tem and voted to add his name to the city's bank signature cards.

* Voted to pay a $100 fee to renew the city's Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce membership.

* Directed Rose to contact the DNR or the Barry County Health Department for information on obtaining mosquito fog to treat areas with standing water that are located the in city.

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