Purdy Council looks at city projects

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Aldermen in Purdy looked at city projects and activities during the September city council meeting.

A bid from Hutchens Construction was reviewed for two street surfacing projects. Work involved placing a two-inch overlay on Business Highway 37 from the north to the south city limits and Washington Street from the Business Highway 37 to Ninth Street.

Alderman Steve Roden said he asked about a one-inch overlay, which would cut the project cost in half. He was told soft spots in the street bed would break down with a thinner surface. Since both streets were in good condition, Roden suggested proceeding.

The future of the post office building at Washington and Third Street caused aldermen to hesitate. The moratorium on post office closings has frozen any decision on relocating the post office, reported Mayor Ron Dutra. Aldermen were unwilling to make cuts in the new pavement for utilities if the work could be done in advance.

With the east end of Washington Street uncertain, the city council voted to resurface the west end, from the railroad tracks to Commercial Street, along with Business Highway 37. The full $87,450 amount was budgeted; the remainder was allocated for other streets needing work, which could be selected by public works superintendent Teddy McIntire.

Council members discussed the need for a new video camera in the police squad car with Police Chief Jackie Lowe and Officer Russ Nichol. Nichol explained parts for the approximately five-year-old unit, which failed, are no longer available.

Of the four different systems on the market, Nichol said the Watchguard camera, used by Monett, offers the option of continuous recording for an entire shift, while the only unit had only two minutes of recording capability. Watchguard can burn its contents to DVDs and can interface with radar and global positioning coordinates.

A low cost-per-month payment schedule was available, but would practically double the $5,000 price with interest. Nichol offered to complete a grant application to help with the cost but added there was a tight time schedule involved.

Clerk Debbie Redshaw reported the week of Sept. 24 would be clean-up week.

Bills for the month were paid totaling $29,223.61.

Lowe reported that in August, officers responded to five domestic disturbances, four civil disputes and two burglaries. Two burglaries were investigated on Aug. 6, one where locks were pried off change boxes at the car wash, and another where industrial vehicles were entered.

A telephone scam was reported where a caller claimed to be announcing the Publishers' Clearinghouse winner. The elderly resident who received the call was asked to send $300 in processing fees. Instead, she hung up and called police. Lowe said he believed the scam was operating out of Jamaica.

In public works, McIntire reported fixing 15 sprinkler heads on the aeration system for the east wastewater lagoon. He secured the caboose in the park, hauled five loads of brush, hung four stop signs and hauled three loads of dirt from Country Corner.

Aldermen met in closed session with an engineer from Allgeier, Martin and Associates and an attorney over wastewater issues in dealing with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The council will next meet on Monday, Oct. 8.

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