Butterfield goes head with street improvement project

Thursday, February 12, 2009

On Jan. 19, the Butterfield City Council approved grant administration and engineering proposals for a city street improvement project.

After reviewing two proposals for grant administration services and three proposals for engineering services, the aldermen approved a grant administration proposal submitted by Southwest Missouri Council of Governments and an engineering proposal submitted by Allgeier, Martin and Associations, Inc.

The council also received a proposal for grant administration services from Infra Consulting, LLC. Other engineering services proposals were received from EFK Moen, LLC, and Gertis, Lester, Dameron and Associations, Inc.

The aldermen are planning for a major street improvement project that will be funded by a general bond that voters approved in April of 2008. The city also plans to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and USDA Rural Development low-interest loans this year.

If approved, the grant funds will help the city finance a repair and double chip and seal paving project that will improve First, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Walnut, Main, Maple and Chestnut streets.

Water Superintendent Larry Privett reported that repairs were recently made to a well pump that was damaged by a power surge. The city has not yet received an itemized bill from Reavis Water Well and Construction.

Privett also reported that one of the two pumps in the lift station on Highway U has failed. The pump was removed and sent to Independent Electrical of Springfield for repairs. Privett said he is not sure what caused the pump to fail. The lift station pumps were last replaced around four years ago.

City Clerk Georgia Wenell reported that she has discussed Windstream's failure to pay a telecommunication license tax to the city for two and a half years with city attorney Don Trotter. The company appears to be collecting the tax from its customers but is not sending any funds to the city.

Wenell has attempted to collect the funds for over two years. Trotter has also attempted to collect the debt from the company. He said that he will continue to pursue the case until it is resolved.

In other business, the Butterfield City Council:

* Voted to allow Friends of Roaring River to host a public meeting about confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the Butterfield Community Building. All rental fees will be waived for the event.

* Postponed a building code discussion.

* Hired Mense, Churchwell and Mense to perform the city's 2008 audit at a cost of $4,000.

* Received the 2009 budget, which will be reviewed at the next council meeting.

* Re-appointed Wenell as city clerk.

* Heard that the city will need to purchase new computers for the Butterfield City Hall.

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