2 new aldermen join Purdy council

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
New Purdy city council members Brad Bunnell, left, and Bryan Bowers, center, signed the formal paperwork for their positions after taking the oath of office from Clerk Debbie Redshaw, right. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

Bunnell, Bowers aim to settle in, get up to speed

Two new faces joined Purdy City Council recently, as Brad Bunnell took the Ward 1 seat and Brian Bowers assumed the job of Ward 2 alderman.

Bunnell, 46, is the son for former alderman Launce Bunnell and the late Sue Bunnell. A lifelong city resident, Bunnell is a partner with his father in the local car sales business and owns 37 Tire and Auto Center. He and his wife, Melissa, have three boys, ages 12, 16 and 20.

New Purdy city council members Brad Bunnell, left, and Bryan Bowers got to work for the city after being sworn in to their new positions. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

"I wanted to do my part also," Bunnell said. "In general, I want to be part of the process. I'm not sure for how long. I heard people ask about serving on the council, and I thought, 'Why not?'"

Bunnell said he found his first meeting interesting, and noted he was pleasantly surprised by the way the council conducted its business.

"I'm anxious to learn a lot about the process," he said.

Bunnell ran unopposed for the Ward 1 seat held by Larry Rickman.

Bryan Bowers won the Ward 2 seat that had been held by Ken Real. Bowers, 47, is a 1987 Purdy High School graduate who has lived most of his life in the town. He works at Redshaw Auto Supply in Purdy. He defeated Raymond Stapleton for the position.

Bowers found the exchange of questions that included audience members particularly interesting.

"I don't have any special interests right now," Bowers said. "I'm still trying to take it all in. I want to get more into the workings of the city."

Bowers was particularly interested in the exchange about the efficiency of the water system dropping to 41 percent for the month, and how Alderman Bo Prock, a firefighter, noted the fire department fills its trucks from an unmetered hydrant. Mayor Steve Roden asked Prock to have the fire department track its water use better to help the city track its water use better. Roden said he wanted to see no less than 70 percent of the water pumped reaching meters.

"I plan to have discussions with the council to get up to speed," Bowers said. "This meeting was cut and dried. I want to do research on what's been done, topics that have been raised and study up on things."

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