City will not receive sidewalk improvement grant

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The City of Cassville will not receive grant funding for a downtown sidewalk improvement project. Aldermen received the news about the grant funding through the city's monthly departmental reports, which also included information on city finances, the police department and public works.

Noelle Harmon, city clerk, reported that she has received notice that the city was not selected for funding through the Transportation Enhancement Program, which is administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

The Cassville City Council voted to seek $375,000 in grant funding during a special meeting held in October of 2012. The grant funds would have been used for sidewalk improvements around the square in Cassville.

The grant would have required a 20 percent, or $75,000, match in funding. The Cassville Main Street Association had pledged to raise the funds for the match requirement.

According to Harmon, MoDOT received a total of 30 applications for the grant funding. Only a dozen projects were awarded grants.

"Our score was very close to the scores of the projects that were funded," said Harmon. "We will recommend applying for this again when future funding becomes available."

Harmon also reported that she is continuing a project to organize the city records. She has scanned permanent records from two years and will submit those digital images for conversion to microfilm. The original documents will remain in the city hall, and the microfilm copies will be available as backup copies.

A rough draft of the new personnel manual has been completed. Department heads and the mayor have met four times to review the document and make changes. The manual will be revised once more and then reviewed by the city attorney before it is presented the council for approval, said Harmon.

Darelyn Cooper, city finance officer, reported that final sales tax receipts for 2012 were 1 percent more than collected in 2011. The increase provided the city with $15,612 in additional revenue last year.

The 2013 budget was based on estimates that the city would collect the same amount of sales tax this year as was collected in 2012. Tax receipts for the month of January, which are based on November sales, increased six-10ths of a percent when compared to 2012, said Cooper.

Police department

Dana Kammerlohr, police chief, unveiled her goals for acquiring capital items during 2013 in her departmental report.

During the first quarter, Kammerlohr hopes to replace eight computers that are 10 years old and purchase three rifles. In the second quarter, she plans to purchase a patrol vehicle and video equipment for the interview room. Two handguns will be purchased during the third quarter.

All of the purchases are included in the 2013 budget, which was approved by the council on Dec. 17.

The police department received 367 calls for service through central dispatch in December. A total of 235 report numbers were generated during the month.

Officers conducted 34 traffic stops last month. The following citations were issued: five, speeding; five, license violations; and one, lane violation.

Public works

Steve Walensky, public works director, reported that the city's six wells pumped 13,086,000 gallons of water during December. The city reported a 31.29 percent water loss during the month. Water department employees replaced six failed meters, installed one new meter service and performed 32 work orders.

The collection team cleaned 8,376 feet and televised 382 feet of sewer line last month. Staff members completed the inspections of all grease traps and completed one new sewer connection.

"We completed a spot repair for a break in our collection system that was creating a constant inflow and infiltration problem near the Brock's Branch along Highway 248," said Walensky. "We had Source 1 Environmental Company exhibit their products. This proved to be an economical and swift method for pipe restoration without excavation."

Walensky plans to bring a proposal to the council to request the purchase of the patented product system to be used on an ongoing basis.

A total of 1,400 gallons or one load of sludge was hauled from the wastewater treatment plant. The city had no lagoon discharge during the month of December.

"We have completed the conversion to the PDC Laboratory in Springfield," said Walensky. "This now brings us closer to compliance to the new EPA quality control procedures."

Once the city receives test results from PDC it will be in compliance with Missouri Department of Natural Resources requirements.

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