Fireworks stand permits issued in City of Cassville

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On June 21, the Cassville City Council heard that two permits were issued for temporary fireworks stands that have been opened inside the Cassville city limits.

Eugene Dilbeck, city administrator, reported that permits were issued for fireworks stands that have been placed in the Ramey parking lot off of Main Street and in the Video Mart parking lot near the intersection of Main Street and Highway 112.

The Cassville City Council approved an ordinance for the sale of fireworks inside the city limits in March. According to the ordinance, fireworks can be sold in Cassville from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day from June 20 through July 4.

Although the sale of fireworks has been approved for the City of Cassville, the discharge of fireworks is still prohibited inside the city limits. The Cassville Police Department will confiscate fireworks from any individual who shoots them inside the city.

Steve Walensky, public works director, also gave a short presentation on water meters during the council meeting Monday night.

The public works department is moving toward a touch read system for collecting water usage information. The new system uses a digital wand and a new type of meters to collect information more quickly and accurately.

Walensky presented the council with a $5,068.82 purchase order for 48 new water meters, which will be purchased from Sensus. The digital meters will cost $105 each. The city's old water meters, which are not compatible with the touch read system, cost $90 each.

In addition to receiving a bid from Sensus, the city's current water meter provider, Walensky received bids from Badger Meter and Neptune Technology Group. Sensus offered the lowest bid.

"My proposal is that we continue our relationship with Sensus," said Walensky. "This is an investment that is not wasted. It will allow us to move forward with changing technology. The efficiency gain with these meters will be enormous. These meters are very accurate."

The council also approved the purchase of 48 digital meters in March. Aldermen asked for more information on the new meters after the first purchase order was approved.

The aldermen voted to purchase an additional 48 meters and thanked Walensky for the presentation.

In other business, the Cassville City Council:

* Heard that several Freedom Bank staff members have completed a community service project at the Cassville City Park. The volunteers planted flowers near the park bathrooms.

* Received an update on nuisance code violations.

* Heard that a digester unit located at the wastewater treatment plant has failed and will be replaced. The unit will cost between $25,000 and $35,000. Barry Electric officials have indicated that the smaller unit included with the replacement digester will lower the city's energy costs, said Dilbeck.

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