The Purdy City Council rejected a proposal by a landowner seeking a sewer main extention on the east side of town.
Aldermen reviewed a report from the city's engineer with Allgeier, Martin and Associates about the sewer request. The engineer determined that the landowner's property, located in an inclined location, could not be serviced by a gravity-flow sewer.
The landowner sought to find sewer service for two residences. The land lacks enough space for a septic system. Aldermen said the city was unable to help resolve the situation and recommended the landowner rethink his plans.
Dr. Steven Chancellor, superintendent of the Purdy School District, returned with a design for the proposed street banners to be placed between the softball field and the gas station on Highway C. Aldermen liked the front and back designs. One side declared "Welcome" and showed historic buildings in Purdy. The other side promotes the school district as "Home of the Eagles."
With the design approved, Chancellor ordered 25 banners. Rods on the top and bottom will anchor the banners onto braces that will be mounted by Empire District Electric onto utility poles.
In other business, aldermen agreed to cancel the November council meeting due to scheduling conflicts. The next meeting will be on Dec. 10. At the recommendation of Clerk Debbie Redshaw, city hall will be closed for the last week in December.
Tires were purchased for the city's White utility truck. After reviewing two bids for electrical work on one of the city's wellhouses, a contract was awarded to Steve Roden, who serves as an alderman, for $640.
Jim Burnett, of Monett, made a presentation seeking support for an amendment to the United States Constitution to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring corporations have the same right to free speech as persons.
Aldermen agreed to sample public opinion in Purdy on the matter. Survey forms are available at city hall and at some businesses in town for residents to record their sentiments. Council members agreed to revisit the issue on Dec. 10.
Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported two arrests were made during August for disorderly conduct. Emily Berry, 24, was arrested for third degree assault and disorderly conduct for attempting to break down a door at the Cedar Towers apartments after a laundry room incident. A 16-year-old was arrested after assaulting a teacher and making threats to other students. He was eventually transported to a mental health facility.
Officers arrested Darrin McCormick, 42, of Monett on an outstanding warrant after the subject behaved suspiciously at the Dollar General Store.
A suspiciously parked vehicle behind a city business turned out to be occupied by persons wanted by the Barry County Sheriff's Department. The subjects were taken into custody.
Lowe said a resident averted a wire fraud attempt by becoming suspicious after trying to sell merchandise on Craig's List. The buyer sent three times the requested price and asked the seller to cash the money orders sent and mail the balance to another party. The seller took the money orders she received to the post office, where they were determined to be fraudulent.
Officers investigated an attempted break-in at the school softball field concession stand. Someone attempted to pry open the key lock on the front door of the library. Two juveniles burning magazines in grills in the park said they were trying to start a barbecue. They were instructed to clean the grills and not burn items in the park in the future.
Teddy McIntire, public works superintendent, reported four dumpsters of material had been filled in the fall city clean-up. McIntire also rebuilt the chlorine pump for well #1.
Bills were paid totaling $19,682.08.