Council updated on projects

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

On Monday night, the Cassville City Council received an update on repairs that are currently being completed on city water tower #4 and repairs needed at the Cassville City Hall.

After a one-hour closed session to discuss legal issues, the aldermen were addressed by Steve Walensky, public works director. Walensky explained that on Friday, public works staff members discovered a leak at water tower #4, which is located near the Walmart Supercenter.

"I contacted Utility Services and asked for guidance, and we decided to shut the well down," said Walensky. "We continued to let the water flow to zone four in order to mitigate as much loss as possible."

Utility Services, which the city has contracted with for tower maintenance and repairs, arrived in Cassville on Monday. Crews began constructing scaffolding at the tower in order to begin making the repairs on Tuesday.

"We have rerouted the twin (water) towers to that zone and worked with the businesses to help them adjust to the reduced pressure," said Walensky. "We are within fire protection requirements. This is an inconvenience, but not a risk."

If the repair was made as planned, Walensky estimated that water pressure would be returned to normal by Tuesday afternoon. After the repair is completed, crews will fill the tower and test the water.

Later in the meeting, Walensky also reported on repairs that will need to be made at the city hall building.

"On the side of city hall, near the electric pole, we have decay," said Walensky. "The brick is falling apart and exposing the cinder block behind."

Walensky said he has talked to a couple of local contractors who do not have the required insurance to complete the repairs at city hall. He asked for permission to advertise a request for bids for the repair project.

Although the decaying portion of the building does not pose a safety or health issue at this time, Alderman Terry Heinz said that repair costs will continue to grow if the problem is not corrected in the near future. The council directed Walensky to advertise for bids.

In new business, Dana Kammerlohr, police chief, submitted a request for a budget amendment.

"In 2012, I asked for a used and a new patrol car," said Kammerlohr. "The decision was made to put the new patrol car on hold and budget $15,500 for a used car. I would like to combine the insurance money we received from the wrecked Crown Vic and the budgeted money in order to purchase a new car."

Kammerlohr pointed out that a used patrol car usually has an odometer reading of around 55,000 to 75,000 miles. Due to mileage, a used car can be used for around two years, but a new car can be used for around five years.

"A used car is like throwing the dice," said Kammerlohr. "I'm asking for an amendment to add the $11,425 in insurance receipts from the 2008 car to the money in general fund to provide $26,925 for a new car. That will also equip the car with emergency equipment."

In addition to approving Kammerlohr's budget amendment request, the council approved a resolution allowing Kammerlohr to submit an application for a $10,000 LLEBG/JAG grant. If the city receives the grant, the funds can be used to purchase public safety and emergency equipment. The grant will require a 10 percent match.

Noelle Harmon, city clerk, reported that Computer Trade Recycling Center, of Joplin, has asked to hold a third electronics collection event in Cassville this fall. During the last two events, the company collected nine tons of electronics.

"There is no cost to the city for these events," said Harmon.

The aldermen directed Harmon to schedule and publicize an event this fall.

Alderman Ann Hennigan took a few minutes to commend the police department on responding to an increased number of calls in the last month and the public works departments for recent repairs completed on Chappell Drive.

In other business, the Cassville City Council:

* Approved the following purchase orders: $17,839, mobile police department radio equipment, programing and installation; $2,055.30, clutch for Tiger Tail; $7,850, annual audit and conversion of accounting method from cash to accrual; $5,000, JAG grant match for the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force; $3,160, playground mulch; $3,795, computer voice stress analysis computer and software; and $2,160, utility line locator.

* Approved the conflict of interest policy, which is reviewed every two years.

* Held the annual property tax levy public hearing and set the city's tax levy at $0.

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