Purdy Council reviews maintenance problems at meeting

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Purdy City Council members reviewed maintenance problems, both public and private, at their monthly meeting on Sept. 9.

Mayor Steve Roden reported city crews installed a sewer manhole on High Street after failing to correct the existing problem. The location of the sewer main was not known, which proved troublesome for property owner Charlie Hinkle, whose sewer line was plugged. Hinkle hired a plumber and a backhoe to run down the problem.

"Our main was plugged with roots," Roden said. "This one no one knew how far to go because there was no manhole. We paid the bill for the backhoe and plumber and put in a manhole. There's another one on Valley Street we need to do the same way."

The council also discussed maintenance issues with Larry Utter over Utter's property on Crittendon Street. Utter said he plans to fix and sell the property and had already torn out the floor in the front room and fixed it.

Roden was particularly interested in Utter's progress in the rear, where the back is open.

"The house has been in bad order for many years," Roden said. "We'd like a time frame to get it up to code."

Utter said he planned to have the outside restored in 60 days. Roden indicated that if work was not done, building inspector Russ Nichol would have free rein to enforce code violations.

Nichol reported on three trailers owned by Dale Ash, located near the Cedar Towers apartments. A service pole had fallen on one of the trailers and Nichol considered it beyond repair. Nichol pressed Ash to address the matter or the city would pursue condemnation, a process that would take 90 days to initiate.

Street light request

In response to a request for a street light at Fourth and Monroe, Roden directed Police Chief Jackie Lowe to review the status of all the city's street lights and submit a recommendation. The cost of lights from Empire District Electric was nominal, he noted.

Former dog catcher Dale Garner questioned the council about action over roaming dogs. Garner criticized the lack of tickets and the strategy used in identifying dog owners. He agreed to issue a complaint and appear in court over dogs in his neighborhood.

"I give [dog owners] one warning," said Lowe, "then I give them a ticket. People need to be responsible. The city shouldn't be responsible for their own pets."

Council members concluded the meeting in a closed session over legal matters. Glenn Davidson and Chris Erisman, engineers with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, and Joe Johnson, legal counsel, discussed progress on the sewer compliance issue with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Department reports

In department reports, Public Works Superintendent Teddy McIntire reported the east wastewater lagoon had overflowed during five-and-a-half inches of rain in August. A discharge report was filed with DNR.

McIntire reported only 42 percent of the water pumped out of city wells reached meters. He was seeking an explanation.

Purchase of a new rodder provided a 300-foot reach, an improvement that should help correct other root clogs, McIntire added.

Lowe reported officers had a report on Aug. 9 of vandals damaging four gravestones in the older part of the city cemetery.

The driver whose vehicle ran into the Ramey's Supermarket got a ticket for leaving the scene after the vehicle was later located. Failure to return a rented Rug Doctor led to Gabriel Vidal Caballero, 28, who was subsequently arrested on a Barry County warrant for failure to appear on larceny charges and on a Monett warrant for failure to appear on misdemeanor possession of marijuana charges. The Rug Doctor was later returned and no charges were filed on it.

Lowe said the squad car had its antennae moved to remedy an impedance problem.

The council will next meet on Oct. 14.

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