The Cassville City Council reviewed departmental reports during its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 10. The reports included information on the police department, city finances and public works.
Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief, reported that the department was awarded a $3,307.94 LLEBG/JAG grant for officer safety equipment. The grant requires a 10 percent match.
Around $600,000 was allocated for the grant program this year. Over $6 million in grant requests were submitted for the program. Kammerlohr submitted an application for $10,000.
Kammerlohr also reported that Justin Fohn was hired as a new officer. He began serving the department on Nov. 30. He is currently in training with Officer Jason Manning.
The police department received 389 calls for service through central dispatch in November. A total of 253 report numbers were generated and 26 arrests were made during the month. Arrests were for stealing, disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated, burglary and assault.
Officers conducted 50 traffic stops last month. The following citations were issued: three, speeding; one, license violation; one equipment violation; two lane violations; and one, moving violation. One investigative summons was also issued.
The police department conducted a county wide warrant sweep on Nov. 1 and 2. During the sweep, a total of 12 arrests were made and $1,803 in warrants were cleared at a cost of $342.84 to the department.
Darelyn Cooper, city finance officer, reported that sales tax increased 8.7 percent last month when compared to the amount of sales tax revenue collected in November 2011. The city has collected 1.4 percent more sales tax revenue this year when compared to revenues collected from January through November of 2011.
"The positive trend on cash balances has resulted in a 29 percent gain since the first of the year," said Cooper. "The general fund has exceeded the designated cash balance requirements as set by council, but the water and sewer funds are still below."
In total, the cash balances in the general account showed an increase of $19,652 over the prior month and a $253,470 increase since the first of the year, said Cooper.
Noelle Harmon, city clerk, reported that she is working on organization of the city records. The state sanctioned method of storage of permanent documents is microfilm. Harmon has contacted a copay that can convert documents to microfilm at a cost of 4 cents to five cents per page.
Harmon is also working on the city's contracts. She is focusing on the rental, lease and maintenance agreements. Currently, she is working to restructure the city's phone and cell phone contracts in hopes of receiving some cost savings.
The City of Cassville has been registered with the MPR (Midwest Public Risk) online university. The site provides training opportunities for staff members, including safety, management and law enforcement training.
The city received one bid each for the requests for bids for city hall cleaning, alum, water meter installation and website hosting or maintenance. No bids were received for the city hall repairs or the hay removal at the industrial park.
Steve Walensky, public works director, reported that the city's six wells pumped 14,055,000 gallons of water during November. The city reported a 26.95 percent water lose during the month. Water department employees replaced on failed meter, repaired two water leaks and performed 32 work orders.
All of the parks department's normal maintenance activities were completed on schedule during the month. Staff members removed the baseball field nets for winter storage, mowed along the Greenway Trail, winterized the city park facilities, repaired picnic tables and acquired ADA compliance door handles and restroom handles.
The collection team cleaned 8,682 feet and televised 539 feet of sewer line last month. Staff members also repaired the sewer main that was broken at the south end of the American Legion Grounds and responded to several customer calls for sewer back-ups, which were customer service line issues.
The street department performed its normal sign repairs and street right-of-way maintenance and responded to requests for street pothole repairs. The city's cinder supply has been acquired and is ready for use in the event of winter weather.
A total of 40,600 gallons or 29 loads of sludge were hauled from the wastewater treatment plant. The city had no lagoon discharge during the month of November.
The public works department spent $280.14 on maintenance and repairs of vehicles in November. The year-to-date total for fleet repairs is $14,671.08.