Purdy City Council members continued the city's annual property tax at the ceiling for the coming year at the August monthly meeting.
Assessed valuations dropped in Purdy by approximately $50,000, part of a general adjustment across the county. The property tax was kept at the highest level allowed by the state at $.3956 for each $100 of assessed property.
For the coming tax cycle, Purdy's property tax is expected to generate $17,482, a decrease of $210 from the last tax cycle.
Aldermen attempted to save money by directing public works superintendent Teddy McIntire to obtain some cattle panels and build a fence around the new generator at the Community Building. Quotes by professional fence companies ran from $1,900 to $2,300. McIntire and aldermen were convinced they could finish the job for less on their own.
McIntire reported the city's dog pen received an annual inspection. The city was fined $100 for failing to file reports. McIntire said the proper form had not been available but he now had a copy and keeps up reports.
Aldermen agreed to have the new storm siren tested around 1 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.
McIntire reported water mains had been found running along both sides of Highway B, west of Highway 37. Since both mains were no longer needed and the south main had deteriorated, McIntire cut off the south main under Highway 37 and connected R.M. Industries and the remaining customer on the north side to the one remaining main.
A water meter had been set for a second time in the Project Genesis Park, east of City Hall. McIntire said a separate well had been drilled to run the fountain on untreated water. Under drought conditions, the new well had given out and a request had been made to run the fountain on city water. The meter will measure the water used.
McIntire also reported hauling off five loads of dirt and four loads of brush. Two new street signs were placed on Front Street and two speed limit signs on Ninth Street.
Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported officers made two arrests during July on custodial matters. Nine traffic stops were made and seven summons issued to municipal court.
Lowe reported Highway C railroad crossing failed to pass state inspection. A maintenance crew from the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad came and made improvements. Lowe said they planned to work on the Washington Street crossing later this fall.
Railroad representatives asked about the possibility of closing the Jefferson Street crossing. Mayor Ron Dutra said the railroad previously asked about closings but had not found much interest from aldermen.
Officers had issues with some motorists during the Purdy Festival for moving barricades and blocking vehicles on Third Street. A mail truck was forced to drive over the sidewalk to get to the post office during the festival, but no major issues were reported.
Minor damage was reported on the Frisco caboose in the city park. A vandal sawed the padlock hasp off the east door to gain entry to draw graffiti inside.
Lowe reported the city had been approved for a grant to get another camera for the police car. A man in Joplin had agreed to assess the non-working camera to see if it could be fixed.
Aldermen approved a plan for a police substitute to fill in while Russ Nichols is on vacation.
A closed session was held with an engineer from Allgeier, Martin and Associates. The city's running dispute with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over the sewer system had moved to a new level. Mayor Pro Tem Steve Roden said the DNR turned Purdy's case over to the Jefferson City office. Aldermen discussed their options and where their case may go with the engineer.