Barry County E-911 director addresses Purdy City Council

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mike Phillips of the Barry County E-911 Center was a guest at the June meeting of the Purdy City Council, explaining to aldermen some misconceptions concerning city mapping.

"We do know when a call is coming in from Purdy or some other city," Phillips said. "All cities in Barry County are mapped."

Phillips went on to explain that city streets were mapped, but individual houses or structures on those streets were not.

"We can create a layer and add those addresses to our mapping and address database," Phillips said. "That would aid dispatchers in providing officers with information."

Phillips cautioned that someone would be responsible for maintaining the mapping, adding new homes or streets as the city grows.

"I gave Russ [Nichols, Purdy officer] a big map of Purdy," Phillips continued. "If you want 102 First Street on there, draw a box and call it 102 First Street. We can add that information to the database and create a layer for landline calls."

Phillips said that cell phone calls can also be tracked to within 300 feet of the caller, giving emergency responders an approximate location of the incident being reported.

In other business, aldermen approved refinancing water bonds, which will result in an approximately $1,000 savings to the city this year.

Ray Greek of Ace Pipe Cleaning also spoke to aldermen concerning his findings on recent wastewater line testing.

"On the east side of town there were 24 defects and six manhole to manhole segments needing repairs," Greek said. "On the west side of town, we found 31 point repairs and nine manhole to manhole repairs needed."

Total cost of all repairs is estimated to run $186,400.

"What I would recommend is for the council to make a five-year plan to repair the point repairs and manhole to manhole segments," Greek said. "Spread it out. Submit the plan to the DNR (Missouri Department of Natural Resources)."

In his report to aldermen, public works employee Ted McIntire noted that water efficiency was up to 78 percent for the month, and crews had installed two new manhole risers.

Roden asked if the fire trucks were still filling their tanks in town and McIntire said he wasn't sure if that was the case or not. Roden suggested the fire protection district submit reports as to how often they filled their tankers so that a more accurate account of water efficiency could be kept.

Aldermen requested that McIntire get bids on replacing the air conditioning unit at city hall. The current system has been in place for about 35 years. Aldermen expressed concern that the unit was not going to last much longer.

Aldermen approved the 2010 water quality report from the DNR.

Aldermen also approved the shooting of fireworks for the annual July 4 celebration to take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4.

In his report to the council, Police Chief Jackie Lowe told aldermen that the 1981 Ford F-150, stolen from a Purdy resident on April 14, had been located in a wooded area at the end of Seventh Street. The vehicle had been burned and was a total loss. The investigation into the matter continues.

Lowe also reported issuing several ordinance violation warning letters to various residents concerning high grass and weeds.

Someone tried to break into the Purdy Community Center on May 10 but the subjects failed to gain entry into the building, said Lowe.

Lowe reported several dog complaints for the month of May, with several warnings given and a few citations issued.

Bobby Ash, a reserve officer for the Purdy Police Department, took cases of bottled water to Joplin and offered assistance on June 3.

During the month, Nichols responded to a total of four calls outside the city limits of Purdy. The first was on May 6 when he responded to a call at Midway concerning subjects discharging fireworks at passing vehicles; the second occurred on May 20 when he responded to McDowell to assist a Barry County deputy with a reported home invasion; the third occurred on May 21 when he responded to Wheaton to provide back-up to a Barry County officer dealing with a fight in progress; and the fourth was on May 28 when he answered a call to Wheaton to address a drunk and disorderly person. Many of the Barry County Sheriff's Department deputies had been deployed May 28 to assist with the May 22 tornado in Joplin.

The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 11 at the Purdy City Hall.

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