Adult volunteers sought for projects in Purdy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Purdy City Council members heard from Gerry Wass and a member of the Purdy High School Spanish Club, and from Robin Henderson, president of Purdy Renewal Project at the Oct. 14 meeting.

Wass and his student representative spoke to aldermen concerning the recruitment of adult volunteers to assist at the recycling center on Saturdays.

"People have said they wish the center was open on Saturdays still," Wass said. "We would like to have about 20 adult helpers assist at different times throughout the year and take ownership of the center being open on Saturdays.

"We would also like to recognize those who work 10 or more hours at the center throughout the year," he said.

Wass said students and adults alike could use the experience as a job training exercise on resumes and in job interviews.

He also said the Saturday morning hours were more convenient for some community residents. The Spanish Club would like to be able to re-invest more in the community, he added.

Henderson said the Purdy Renewal Project would also like to engage in volunteer opportunities for the community.

"Our group had a 10-year vision planning meeting and the ideas that came from that included a sense of empowerment and service for the community as well as a sense of disconnection because they lacked authority to act," Henderson said.

Mayor Steve Roden assured both representatives that aldermen would support whatever improvements or beautification efforts the groups chose to address.

"If you come up with an idea, you'll have our backing on it," Roden said.

"I think it's a good idea," he continued. "I think we need more adults involved. Historically, the community of Purdy lacks adult volunteers. I'd like to see more of them."

Roden said the biggest hurdle would be bridging the information gap between traditional information systems technological ones.

"I'm an old fogey," he said. "I don't get on the Internet. A lot of people don't."

Roden suggested a door-to-door campaign with fliers.

In department reports, Ted McIntire said water efficiency was at 70 percent. McIntire also reported the west lagoon was in the process of being drained and there had been no discharge during the recent spate of rainstorms.

McIntire told aldermen he was in the process of preparing paperwork to submit to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources concerning renewal of the lagoon permit.

The city-wide clean-up was also a success, according to McIntire, who said two commercial dumpsters were filled and taken for disposal. A spring clean-up is planned for April.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe said the patrol car, a 2008 Crown Victoria, was starting to have some issues.

Lowe also advised aldermen a current case under investigation by his department involves a resident found having a seizure in a vehicle at Ninth and Washington streets, near the city's cemetery.

"We believe this person was deliberately injected with a potentially fatal mix of methamphetamine and bath salts," Lowe said.

Lowe indicated the investigation involved tracking the victim's movements on the day of the alleged attack.

Alderman Wayne Rupp said a citizen had stopped him to compliment the police department on their work.

"I just thought I would pass that along," Rupp said.

In final business, it was announced the Purdy Police Department will again hand out treats to young trick-or-treaters starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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