Wheaton hires project inspector
On Aug. 9, the Wheaton City Council voted to terminate its agreement for inspection services with Tri-State Engineering, of Joplin. Tri-State will still continue to serve as engineer and oversee the city's $1.2 million drinking water improvement project.
The aldermen hired Jerry McBride, city employee, as inspector for the project. McBride will be paid $25 per hour to take over the inspection duties.
The council also voted to give Bob Lombard, city employee, a $1-per-hour raise and hire a part-time employee to assist with regular city maintenance projects.
In other business, the Wheaton City Council:
* Approved the following pay requests: $57,253.29, from J. Johnson Construction; $9,692.70, from Tri-State Engineering; and $1,870.43, from McBride.
* Voted to purchase a time clock for hourly employees.
* Approved a $6,076 change order for concrete encasements that will be placed where the new water lines cross the city's current sewer lines.
* Tabled a discussion on the striping of Main Street and remodeling of the VFW Hall.
* Voted to move three certificates of deposit (CDs) from US Bank to Security Bank.
* Reviewed the nuisance ordinance for Lebanon. David Cole, city attorney, will be directed to use the document to write a nuisance ordinance for Wheaton.
* Voted to install air conditioning in the city's one-ton truck. The project will cost $2,045.11.