Parks department continues improvements
The Cassville parks department has completed ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) walkways to the play areas at the local parks, repaired damaged fencing at the yard waste collection facility and replaced the soccer field number signs at the south park. Aldermen received information about the park improvements through the city's monthly departmental reports, which also included information on city finances, the police department and other public works activities.
Steve Walenksy, public works director, reported that the parks department has also completed 50 percent of the tree maintenance project for the year. The city works to replace damaged trees and plant new trees in the city parks and along the Greenway Trail each year.
Walensky's report also showed that the city's six wells pumped 13,399,000 gallons of water during January. The city reported a 37.31 percent water loss during the month. One water leak was repaired during the month.
Water department employees replaced one failed meter, installed one new meter and performed 40 work orders.
The collection team cleaned 2,771 feet and televised 5,127 feet of sewer line last month. Staff members uncovered 24 existing manholes with the city's new GIS project. One new sewer connection was also added during the month.
In addition to performing the normal sign repairs and street right away maintenance, street department employees repaired potholes on Eighth and 10th streets and near the intersections of 13th and Townsend, West and Third and Mill and Seventh and Eighth streets.
A total of 23,800 gallons or 17 loads of sludge were hauled from the wastewater treatment plant. The city had no lagoon discharge during the month of January.
Walensky attended the Tri-State Water Coalition Board meeting in Joplin. During the meeting, the board appointed members to an assortment of committees and discussed 2013 events and the establishment of a water conference.
Walensky also reported that Dave Ridenour, wastewater technician, has announced his retirement, which is Feb. 28. Ridenour has worked for the city for 18 years.
Dana Kammerlohr, police chief, reported that officers Scott Salkill and Justin Fohn attended BAC Type 2 training, which certifies officers to use the breath alcohol content instrument. The three-day training was held in Sparta.
The police department received 354 calls for service through central dispatch in January. A total of 250 report numbers were generated during the month.
Last month, 31 traffic stops were conducted. The stops resulted in 12 summonses, 18 warnings and one no action.
Officers issued 63 other summonses during the month of January. Those citations included: three, assault in the third degree; three, domestic assault in the third degree; two, careless and imprudent driving; one, careless and imprudent resulting in an accident; one, no operator's license; eight, failure to prove insurance; two, driving while intoxicated; one, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway; one, improper signal; one handicap parking violation; four, disorderly conduct; six, trespassing in the first degree; one, improper registration; three, excessive speed; six, stealing; one, resisting arrest; one, nuisance prohibited; and 18, failure to appear.
Darelyn Cooper, city finance officer, reported that this month sales tax receipts were up 10.1 percent when compared to receipts for January of 2012. Year to date, sales tax receipts are up 5.2 percent.
"Cash balances are positive for all funds, however, sewer remains $69,708 below the $180,000 reserve level set by the council," said Cooper.
In January, the city received a $3,190 quarterly franchise fees payment from MediaCom and a $15,878 semi-annual payment from Missouri Gas Energy.