Purdy Council moving forward on city hall relocation

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

New utility maps draw praise from aldermen

The on-again, off-again plans to move the Purdy City Hall into the Purdy Community Building appear to be on again.

Mayor Bo Prock announced a new bid from a different contractor had submitted a bid for work that ran half of the earlier quote. Prock called for a special meeting at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Community Center to better define the undertaking. Lonnie Lowery, with public works, said his team could tape out where the walls will be to enable council members to better visualize the project.

Prock said the city could seek a separate bid for new floors, particularly on the library side, which has had the most wear. In the meantime, aldermen approved the purchase of a tankless 120 BTU water heater to replace the old unit. A tankless unit, which would not heat water continuously, cost $70 more than a traditional heater, and was seen as quickly paying for itself without the ongoing gas expense for heat.

Much of the rest of the October Purdy City Council meeting focused on infrastructure issues. Lowery reported the Missouri Rural Water Association provided valuable software following an earlier visit that shows the location of all the water and sewer lines, color coded by size, and the direction of flow. A view is also available in layers. The software enabled Lowery and assistant Kevin Cook to locate the valves impacting a leaking hydrant on Washington. Lowery said when his schedule clears for a couple days, he will extract the faulty hydrant and determine why it leaks.

Aldermen viewed the software on Lowery’s phone with interest. City Clerk Debbie Redshaw observed that the Rural Water Association had mapped the city system while Ted McIntire was public works director, but McIntire disliked technology and had not pursued any use of the new resource. Lowery said he plans to add the new sewer lines for the pipeline to Monett to the mapping, along with GPS coordinates.

Aldermen approved the purchase of four tires for $125 each from Friendly Tire for one of the city’s police cars.

Prock reported he had heard nothing back from City Attorney Darlene Parrigon providing more clarity of the city passing an ordinance to join the Missouri Clean Energy District. To his understanding, the deadline to sign up was the day after the council meeting, too late to notify parties who might need Purdy’s participation to qualify. He added he understood far more had applied to join the program than could be accepted. He thought another chance to participate may be available next year.

Prock renewed the discussion about tiny houses. He hoped to gather some model ordinances from other cities to see if a version could be found for shaping a program in Purdy.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported a stabbing on Kay Avenue on Sept. 22 where the victim, a female, stabbed a male in the chest with a screwdriver as part of a physical domestic violence incident. The victim declined to press charges, but Lowe said the investigation was continuing to see if the state could file a charge instead. The female suspect was on probation.

Aldermen provided direction on how to proceed with outfitting shotguns owed by the police department with a missing stock for one and a pistol grip for the other. Officer Russ Nichols said one shotgun was being modified to be less lethal and would need appropriate ammunition.

The November monthly meeting was reset for Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The following month the council will meet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9.

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