Purdy City Council reorganizes, makes few changes

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Mayor Bo Prock took the oath of office for the second time from Clerk Debbie Redshaw when the city council in Purdy reorganized last week. Then, Prock swore in council members Scott Redshaw, Austin Hammen and Bob Mosier, one at a time. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat

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Reorganization of the Purdy City Council prompted a single change in appointments and a review of property plans for the benefit of new council member Bob Mosier.

Mayor Bo Prock returned for a second term. Scott Redshaw, from the East Ward and Austin Hammen from the West Ward, both one-term incumbents were sworn in for two-year terms, and Mosier took the vacant one-year seat in the East Ward, winning as a write-in.

Prock’s appointments kept Bowers as mayor pro tem, Debbie Redshaw as clerk, Jackie Lowe as police chief, Darlene Parrigon as city attorney, as the city’s two public works employees, Lonnie Lowery and Kevin Cook, as representatives to the Solid Waste Management District N. The only change was adding building inspector to Cook’s duties, relieving Russ Nichols of that chore so that he could function solely on police work.

Discussion ran through various issues raised for several months. Lowery reviewed how the sewer pipeline to Monett works. He described the system pumps effluent to the east lagoon and then to Monett on a fiberglass line. While initially concerned about an overflow in a high water event, Lowery said he has since learned engineers designed the system to leave excess volume in the east lagoon.

That proved useful in recent rain. Lowery said the system has been calibrated to only pump 390,000 gallons a day to Monett and shuts down once that amount has been reached. It picked up from that point at midnight. The system took four days to empty the lagoon, but avoided any overflow.

The city may need to upgrade the pump station at the west lagoon over time, which may interfere with plans to sell the 3.1 acres around it. The adjacent neighbor asked to have the first rights on the land if a sale moved forward. Aldermen briefly entertained the idea of building a new police station there, but concerns about distance from the center of town and having the station outside of the city limits overcame any benefits. The idea appeared to have been dismissed.

The east lagoon, while generally empty, will have to partially fill periodically to create enough pressure to push the “pig” through the line, a solid object designed to clean the walls of the main. Lowery said it takes approximately three hours for the pig to work its way from Purdy to the Monett wastewater treatment plant.

Progress continues on reducing the inflow and infiltration of stormwater into the sanitary sewer system. Lowery reported camera work was “almost done” on all the sewer lines.

On other land issues, Prock reported a bid by Vaughn’s Dirtworks in Monett to repair the old city fish pond for $5,600 with 40 hours of work. Prock thought there was only one leak caused by an earlier attempt to deepen the pond. Lowery added the lagoon may need an aerator to sustain a high enough air level in the pond to support fish.

The community building continues to look like a new home for city hall. Prock reported the Barry-Lawrence Library wanted until the end of April to vacate the site, delaying any rapid plans to move the city office. He suggested finding a contractor to recommend changes to accommodate a modern office. Scott Redshaw suggested having the west side of the community building renovated at the same time, as it shows wear from public use.

Clerk Debbie Redshaw noted that the city will need a new phone system splitting city operations into separate buildings, putting city hall into the community building and the police and public works functions into the former fire station on the west side of Commercial Street. Aldermen then exchanged ideas over what could be done with the present city hall building.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported during the statewide tornado drill, it took six minutes to move all the students from the Purdy school into the new FEMA shelter, which he thought represented a good effort.

Lowe recounted several incidents at the school where he intervened. In one case, a female assaulted a fellow student then cut her wrists. In another case, three fifth graders ran from a teacher. All were apprehended and turned over to the Juvenile Office. Lowe noted he received three reports of drug activity around town, prompting him to comment, “Summer is here.”

In the only action by the council, aldermen passed an ordinance officially completing the annexation of the road right of way south of the grocery store and along Highway 37, having received final authorization from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Prock instructed Lowery to move the city limits signs.

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