Purdy aldermen approve merit bonus

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Purdy aldermen approved a merit bonus for city employees at the December city council meeting.

Mayor Steve Roden told aldermen, "You can't give a Christmas bonus with tax dollars."

Roden proposed merit pay in the form of a $25 gift certificate that coincidentally fell at the end of the calendar year. Aldermen liked the proposal and approved the expenditure.

In department reports, Roden asked if police faced a rash of vehicle accidents due to the winter weather. Officer Russ Nichol said he responded to one non-injury collision but otherwise there had been no unusual problems.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported a domestic dispute occurred on Nov. 9 that resulted in one person going to Cox Monett Hospital with serious injuries from an assault with a baseball bat. Another person received minor injuries from a fistfight. The parties involved did not cooperate with officers and refused to fill charges.

Michael Cookson, 38, was arrested on an Exeter warrant for failure to appear in court.

Cassarra Pennington and Jamie Kennedy, both 22, were arrested for public intoxication after disturbing the neighbors and becoming belligerent with the responding officer. A third party fled on foot.

Lowe reported the video camera in the police car developed issues and was sent to the vendor for repairs. A second camera was installed for the interim.

Public works superintendent Teddy McIntire reported hanging Christmas lights on streets, in the park and at city hall.

Of the water pumped, 23 percent did not reach a meter.

Council members went into an extended closed session for personnel, litigation and a work session.

The board will next meet on Jan. 13, 2014.

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