Cassville mayor race: Sewer, water projects keep Shiveley in mix

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mayor hopes to do more for streets in next 2 years

For mayoral incumbent Bill Shiveley, one issue in the city over all others pushed him to file again to retain his seat with the city — the bond issue.

At the age of 69 and recently retired from Barry Electric, Shiveley said after having worked on the bond issue water and sewer projects for the better part of three years now, he would like to see them through, or at least get a good start.

“We got to the point we could put the bond on the ballot, and there’s a chance of us getting some USDA or Missouri Service Fund money, so I want to at least be a part of the beginning of those projects,” he said.

Shiveley, born in South Dakota, graduated from Wheaton and spent four years in the U.S. Navy before returning to Cassville. He started with Barry Electric in 1974.

He was first appointed as mayor in 2012, going on to win elections for the post in 2013 and 2015. Projects other than the bond issue he has been a part of include the Flat Creek cleanup and street repairs.

“We had the floods, and we’ve been working on cleaning out the creek,” he said. “We are putting $100,000 more into cleanup this year. The only money we have to spend on that comes from the general fund or stormwater sales tax, part of which is allowed for stormwater and the other part for parks and recreation.”

Shiveley said the cleanup is a precursor to possible work later, once the city’s Hydraulic Engineering Center’s River Analysis System study is complete.

“The HEC-RAS is the flood study we need to begin to go to the [Army] Corps [of Engineers], or DNR or FEMA for permission to do any major work in the flood plain, including changing the stream or building retention basins,” he said. “We need to also submit that to FEMA so in the future, it can be used to show how anything done in the flood plain will affect others downstream.

“If we continue the creek cleanup this year and next year, the HEC-RAS will be done by then and we will know the areas we need to focus on to prevent larger flooding.”

Shiveley said on the drier side of city management, more than $200,000 will go toward street repairs this year, and the city is spending almost all the transportation tax money it has on streets. One complaint from his challenger in the mayoral race, Colby Lowe, is the work that’s been done on First Street was not good enough as a chip and seal project.

“I agree with him,” Shiveley said. “It’s not perfect, but it’s what was recommended to us as a way to save the street. That street was last done 10 years ago, and I know it’s a main thoroughfare through town, but is it fair for everyone if we keep redoing that one every five years and let the rest of the streets go? That was more of a holding project while we get other streets done. East 13th was the same thing, just a maintenance measure.”

Shiveley said looking forward, he wants to do better when it comes to street repairs.

“I want to see more of the streets hot mixed and brought back to their full width,” he said. “Weeds and grass have crept in to some of the streets and made them a lane and a half instead of the original two lanes.”

Shiveley did, however, say there are challenges when it comes to street repairs.

“The price of oil and asphalt determine how much we can do, and how much we can do by ourselves,” he said.

Shiveley said when it comes to reelection, he just wants to do the best he can for the city.

“If voters want to reelect me, that would be fine, and if not, that would also be fine,” he said. “I just do the best I can for the city because I live here, too, and I love it.”

Shiveley and Lowe square off in the municipal ballot on April 4.

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