Guests are no-shows at Purdy meeting

Friday, May 13, 2011

Two invited guests to the regular May meeting of the Purdy City Council failed to appear, leaving aldermen with continuing questions about mapping issues with the Barry County E-911 Center and the Barry County Enhanced Enterprise Zone.

Mayor Ron Dutra had invited Mike Phillips, director of the Barry County E-99 Center, to the meeting to explain to aldermen why the cities of Barry County had not been properly entered into the county's E-911 mapping system so that officers, firefighters and other emergency responders could easily locate those needing assistance. Phillips was not at the May meeting to answer aldermen's questions.

A second guest, Lynette Dilbeck, economic development director for the City of Cassville, had been invited to further explain the Barry County Enhanced Enterprise Zone. She had provided a resolution to aldermen at their April meeting, but aldermen were hesitant to sign the document without further explanation.

The resolution was tabled until Dilbeck can appear before council and answer aldermen's questions on what impact it would have on the city.

In other business, aldermen approved temporarily closing Washington between Commercial and Third Street for an upcoming grand opening celebration and street dance. Live music will be on tap at the event to celebrate the May 20 opening of Utopian Bean, a new coffee shop.

Aldermen have approved plans for the annual city wide garage sale, slated for June 18. More information will be available as plans for the event are finalized.

Ray Greek, of Ace Pipe Cleaning, reported on his findings of smoke testing the eastern portion of the city. He identified several trouble spots in the city's wastewater system, which will need to be repaired in place. By lining the pipes with an adhesive fabric, which will effectively seal up problem areas, Greek said it would be difficult to determine how much of the lagoon's wastewater problems were due to inflow and infiltration.

Greek was confident that the problems on the east side of the city would be easily repaired through the pipe-lining procedure, which will also prevent tree roots from growing into the lines and creating blockages.

Greek estimated lining the pipes in the eastern portion of the city's infrastructure would cost approximately $45,000.

"The council will need to determine an annual repair budget and identify which areas get repaired," Greek said. "I'm very pleased with how the system looks. You have some inflow, but we will cut out a lot of that with what we do here."

Greek also recommended initiating a sump pump inspection to determine how many residents are emptying their stormwater into the city's wastewater system, which is illegal. Greek said many residents are unaware of the impact that action has on the city's lagoon and wastewater treatment facility.

"If we can get that lined out, you might not have to build a new treatment facility," Greek said. "The path the city is on right now is pleasing to the DNR's [Missouri Department of Natural Resources] eyes."

The city has some certificates of deposit ready to mature in a few months, and plan on using a portion of those funds to initiate work on the system.

Aldermen named Russ Nichols as the city's new building inspector, replacing Mike Redshaw. Nichols will continue his duties as a part-time officer for the Purdy Police Department as well.

The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. on June 13 at City Hall.

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