Purdy Council taps new building inspector

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Members of the Purdy City Council named Russ Nicholls as the city's building inspector and ordinance enforcement officer at their August meeting.

Nicholls is a patrol officer with the Purdy Police Department.

Aldermen also heard that water efficiency was up for the month of July from public works employee Ted McIntire.

Other projects the department completed for the month were repairing the well injectors, mowing, brush hauling, painting and working on manholes.

McIntire said the department would conduct smoke testing of the city's wastewater system beginning Aug. 22.

In his report to the board, Police Chief Jackie Lowe said it has been a busy month for the department. He cited domestic disputes and thefts as two sources of primary complaints.

Lowe told aldermen that the department had received several complaints about two foreign men canvassing the city selling children's books door to door and trying to gain access to residences. The men were questioned and told Lowe they were from Estonia and working in the area on visas.

The following week the department received additional complaints about the pair, who had started misrepresenting themselves as working representatives of the Purdy Parents as Teachers organization. Other complaints concerning the men included peeping into windows and attempting to gain access to residents' homes by asking for a glass of water.

Lowe said that no actual crime had been committed by the pair and that they had left the city.

Brandon Freeman, with Allgeier, Martin and Associates of Joplin, notified aldermen of an update submitted to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources concerning the city's wastewater treatment lagoons.

Freeman reported on the city's continued testing for nitrates around the seven monitoring wells, as well as testing the monthly land application of wastewater. Soil samples will also be collected and analyzed for ammonia and nitrates.

System repairs in the amount of $186,400 are planned over a five-year period, with the worse defects being repaired in the first year of the program.

The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 at City Hall.

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