Police report tops Purdy council agenda

Friday, September 23, 2011

August was a quiet month for officers with the Purdy Police Department, according to Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe in his September report to the Purdy City Council.

Lowe reported one serious matter regarding a registered sex offender who was allegedly following the Purdy cross country track team members during practice. He said the man's vehicle, a red Monte Carlo, was also spotted near the Purdy school and at Monett's South Park.

Officers continue to be alert for the man's presence near areas where youth tend to congregate. The matter is also under investigation by officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

In other business, Ted McIntire, a public works employee, reported water efficiency was at 84 percent for the month of August. One leak was found and repaired and two others located.

City Clerk Debbie Redshaw told aldermen that a city resident had come in to advise her that he had turned his single-dwelling residence into a multi-family unit, with three separate dwellings. He asked if the city would install another two water meters so that each resident would be responsible for their own "portion" of the utilities.

Aldermen said that as the landlord of the multi-family dwellings, he was responsible for adding the meters, which would run about $300 each for cuts to the pavement and installation. It was the concensus of the council that as the landlord, he would also be responsible for three separate minimum water bills and three separate trash fees for the units.

In other business, aldermen:

* Approved initiating condemnation proceedings on a property on Gabby Gibbons Drive.

* Discussed the definition of "eyesore" and determined a legal clarification from the city attorney was needed.

* Approved purchase of tires for a city truck and backhoe at a cost of $1,640.

* Approved the cost of six trees for the city park at a cost of $1,300.

* Approved monthly expenditures in the amount of $24,366.13.

The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11 at City Hall.

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