Legislative requirements changing for water systems

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Aldermen at the City of Washburn heard of new legislative requirements concerning the elemental makeup of brass fittings used in waterworks services at their regular meeting, held Feb. 19.

James Libertus, utility superintendent, reported legislation will require all brass alloy fittings and components used in waterworks systems to be composed of no more than 25 percent lead content, as opposed to the 8 percent lead content currently in use. The new law will take effect on Jan. 4, 2014.

Aldermen approved replacing the radar equipment in the patrol car.

Sealed bids for the 1977 Ford dump truck were opened, with aldermen accepting a $1,125 labor trade on the waterline upgrade from Greg Alley. Other bids were $550 from Clifton Wills and $875 from Terry Burgess.

Washburn Civic Association is set to meet in April, with the date to be announced later.

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 took no action on the matter.

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