Bid opening scheduled for Purdy sewer project

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Purdy City Council members at their December meeting carefully reviewed different designs for their police car. With each choice, Mayor Bo Prock wadded up the printed choice until the group reached consensus. From left, are: aldermen Brian Bowers and Scott Redshaw, Prock, aldermen Austin Hammen and Bobby Baker. Murray Bishoff/

Aldermen update police car graphics, hear parking issue

A bid opening has been scheduled for the afternoon on Thursday to open construction bids for constructing the sewer pipeline between the city of Purdy and Monett.

The engineering firm of Allgeier, Martin and Associates in handling the bids. Mayor Bo Prock anticipated calling a special meeting, possibly before the end of the month, to award a contract. Construction on the $4.6 million undertaking is expected to take a year.

In other business:

Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe planned to take the city's new police car to Thunder Grafix in Joplin last week to have a new design on it, costing up to $1,200. Lowe brought a variety of ideas before aldermen for consideration, which were gradually eliminated.

Prock said the city wanted a vehicle that would be less visible. Rather than retain the black-and-white look presently in use, aldermen opted for a black car with darker gold lettering, closer to the high school basketball jersey than a yellow.

On the side of the car will be three lines of words: "Purdy" on the top line, "Police" in larger letters on the second line, and "Serve and Protect" in smaller letters below that. An eagle like the one of the school athletic uniforms will appear at the right end of the text, where the badge has been on the old police car.

The words "In God We Trust" will appear on the back in gold letters. "Call 911" will appear on the rear quarter panel.

Officer Russ Nichols reported using his taser in apprehending a suspect in a case Chief Lowe described as "a drug deal gone bad," where one subject was beaten by perpetrators. The subject was apprehended in Butterfield after ramming two deputy patrol cars, then remained combative. Nichols said the taser worked "fantastic."

Progress was reported by crews working for Utility Services installing new water meters across the city. Clerk Debbie Redshaw said work on the west side of the city was "pretty much done," leaving approximately two-thirds of the east side to complete. Another crew of four were due in later this month to continue installation.

Resident Raymond Stapleton submitted a complaint to aldermen about practices by AH Trucking Company drivers, parking tractor trailers in the street that block the view on that side. Alderman Austin Hammen, who works for AH Trucking, said the vehicles are generally only in that location for 15 minutes at a time.

"Fifteen minutes is too long," Stapleton said, citing city ordinances that state vehicles should not block traffic in town.

Chief Lowe concurred. He submitted photos from several occasions, showing how trucks obscured the view.

Lowe said he spoke with the company operating at Washington and Front Street, where a similar problem occurred, and worked out corrective action. Prock said aldermen would discuss the issue and assess what to do.

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