Purdy CC looks at playground improvements

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Purdy City Council discussed future improvements to the playground at the city park during the July meeting.

Mayor Ron Dutra presented a letter from Neal Wass with the Purdy Renewal Project asking for a commitment of support for the organization's effort to improve the park.

Wass said the Purdy Renewal Project has committed to acquiring updated playground equipment. A merry-go-round, tubular slide and a climbing apparatus are being considered at a cost of around $10,000.

Specifically, Wass asked about placing a better cushion around the equipment, such as shredded rubber similar to what is used at Monett Elementary School.

"We need to do all we can," said alderman Steve Roden.

Aldermen agreed the playground equipment needed updating. They discussed determining how much ground cover might be needed and discussing the need with potential suppliers. They agreed to commit to the effort without citing a specific dollar amount.

Police officers remained busy during June, reported Chief Jackie Lowe. Officers responded to several complaints about dogs and ordinance violations.

On June 15, Officer Russ Nichols arrested Shane Hoover, a driver who was stopped after driving erratically and then fleeing at a high rate of speed.

Following an investigation into stolen prescription medicine, Nichols arrested Eric Merritt at the Cedar Towers apartments on a Cassville warrant after Merritt was found hiding in a closet in one of the apartments. Emily Berry, 24, of Purdy, was also arrested on Barry County warrants.

Lowe reported someone cut locks and hasps at the Red Door storage facility but no property was found missing. Officers have also once again been involved with an elderly resident who is being pressed to participate in a get-rich-quick scam by out-of-the-country fraud artists.

Public works superintendent Teddy McIntire reported replacing the aerator at the east lagoon at a cost of around $2,100. The west lagoon, lacking enough water to pump, was drained.

McIntire helped to rebuild the barbecue pit at the city park. He poured concrete on two city streets, hung new signs and bought 30 new flags for display on special occasions.

Aldermen approved a six-month financial statement for publication.

The next meeting will be held on Aug. 13.

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