Talks continue for Purdy sewer

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Easements still needed for nearly half of sewer pipeline

The Purdy City Council approved the purchase of three easements for its sewer pipeline between the city and Monett during its September meeting.

Mayor Bo Prock called the price “not bad at all.” He observed 10 other landowners had agreed to donate their land providing “we fix what we tear up.” Easements required to date represent approximately 75 percent of the project.

The city still needs easements from five additional landowners, representing 40 to 50 percent of the project, Prock estimated. Representatives from the engineering firm of Allgeier, Martin and Associates in Joplin, which is handling the project for the city, have negotiated with the property owners. City council members have also talked to some of the property owners and reached agreement.

“The last time we talked [with the engineers], I think we can get the rest by the end of September,” Prock said. “Three are close. The last ones are difficult to get into a room to talk to them.

“I’d love to see construction start by the end of 2017. I suspect it will more likely be early 2018.”

While having no difficulties with the city of Monett over arrangements for the project, Prock said Monett officials have not determined the final route for the pipeline between the section that goes from Purdy to the north side of Highway 60 and the Monett wastewater plant, a mile west off Eisenhower Street. Prock said Monett officials were waiting to see where the pipeline would reach its north end before finalizing its route.

In 2015 Purdy voters approved a $4.6 million revenue bond issue to pay for the sewer project, ending wrangling with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that has continued on and off for 20 years.

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