Purdy City Council plans street repairs

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hwy. C closed Saturday for annual Purdy Festival

Purdy City Council members discussed preparations for the Purdy Festival on Saturday and discussed street improvements last week.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe said Highway C will be closed from Front to Fifth Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Traffic will be detoured from Commercial to Washington to Ninth Street to route around park activities. Lowe said the car show this year will move back to Memorial Park, east of City Hall. The Missouri Department of Transportation will not have any electronic signs available to mark the detour, so motorists will need to pay attention to smaller signs and barricades.

Public works foreman Lonnie Lowery, in the lead position with Dave Gatewood on medical leave, reported repairing potholes on Commercial and Jefferson, where crews would have to cut out the asphalt, fill with rock and place hot mix over it. Alderman Bobby Baker recommended filling a hold that large with concrete, as his experience with the Monett Street Department suggested cold mix patched would break up within a year.

Additional active water leaks cited included one at the school campus, Fourth and Archibald, and on both Jefferson and Leslie Lane. That prompted an extended discussion on all the streets that could use concrete instead of asphalt.

Mayor Bo Prock asked Lowery to develop a list of street problems and water line replacement sites, then to bring aldermen a list to consider at their August meeting. Prock encouraged aldermen to drive around town to list their biggest concerns. The city has $157,067 in its street fund for repairs. He asked for bids on the most needed work, which aldermen could place on hold if funds do not extend to all.

Alderman Austin Hammen reported interest in developing land south of the school campus for residential construction. Prock said the developer would need to present a subdivision plan, designed by an engineer, with an eight-inch sewer main included. He said the full council could meet with planners if necessary to outline needed steps to take.

City Clerk Debbie Redshaw reported she had two bids for replacing the tractor. Aldermen concurred they needed more choices and offers that included financing. Lowery noted the city’s sickle mower was in pieces, parts were no longer available, and if it was reassembled, it would still be an old mower. It was unclear how big a tractor the city needed for various uses, and the dump truck also needed replacing. Prock advised setting aside a full evening to discuss heavy equipment needs.

Clerk Redshaw also asked aldermen to consider action on replacing the failing light system at the Community Center. Prock suggested converting to LED lights, which Alderman Scott Redshaw said would pay for itself in four years in savings alone. Aldermen concluded they needed more bids to consider, including fixture costs, before taking action.

A representative from Visu-Sewer had asked to address aldermen about lining leaks in the city’s system, but failed to appear. Prock said the representative would have to call him personally to reschedule. City leaders complained about Ace Pipe Cleaning never returning to make repairs after video work and has not had much success finding other vendors to address those problems.

Prock added that crews have begun construction work on the new sewer pipeline to Monett and have pipe stacked at strategic locations along the route.

Lowery reported that Kevin Cook, the new public works employee, had done well in his first weeks. The help was needed, as Lowery continued to discover issues that required attention. Over the Fourth of July, he noted, the no. 1 well had overheated and shut off. He subsequently discovered the sound and light alarm system citing problems and telephone connection to activate the no. 2 well had all failed. He planned to call an electrician to overhaul the system.

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