Police issues continue to top Purdy Council agenda

Monday, October 24, 2011

September was a busy month for both illegal drugs and dog complaints, according to Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe, in his October report to aldermen at the Purdy City Council.

Several citizen complaints for the month of September concerned various activities at Autumn Woods Apartments, including reports of indecent exposure, illegal drug activity and a pit bull being kept in one of the apartments in violation of the city ordinance.

Lowe indicated he would increase patrols in that area.

According to a written report, there were a total of 16 dog complaints for the month of September. Several complaints concerned dogs running at large, while others were dealing with noise ordinance violations.

Aldermen approved a proposal for the department to purchase a tranquilizer gun and darts to subdue animals running at large in the city. The gun is the same type used by the City of Monett's animal control officer. Dr. Charles Wallace, DVM, will instruct officers on how to load the syringes with the appropriate amount of tranquilizing agent.

Captured animals will be taken to Haven of the Ozarks or another appropriate facility for care and adoption.

Lowe said one city resident had informed him that she no longer wanted her two dogs and that the city should be responsible for picking them up. Lowe informed the resident that she was responsible for her own animals and given a warning. Aldermen suggested Lowe cite the resident for future violations of the leash law.

Lowe said he was going to contact City Attorney Darlene Parrigon to see if the fine schedule for dogs at large could be increased.

In his report to the board, public works employee Ted McIntire said water efficiency was down to 75 percent for the month of September, due to a large leak that had remained undetected. McIntire said three leaks were repaired during the month of September and that water use was being monitored daily to determine if additional leaks are in the system.

McIntire said he had obtained bids for the purchase of six trees for the city park. Aldermen approved a bid from Sarcoxie Nursery to purchase six hard maples at a cost of $1,300. The company will deliver and set the trees, which are guaranteed for a year.

In other business, aldermen:

* Approved the purchase of a used radar unit for the patrol car at a cost of $1.712.50.

* Postponed paving the parking lot at the Purdy Community Building until spring.

* Authorized McIntire to purchase a dissolved oxygen meter for wastewater treatment at a cost of $526.15.

* Determined that the school district and a private park with extraordinary water bills would not be given a waiver for the overages used.

There will not be a meeting of the Purdy City Council in November. The meeting schedule will resume with a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at City Hall.

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