No objections were raised to Pierce City annexing the right-of-way for Highway 97 south of the city during a public hearing held at the city council's June meeting. Aldermen discussed other property issues and the new recycling program.
None of the city and county governments in the area objected to the city's proposal to annex state highway right-of-way on Highway 97 south to Highway 60, according to Mayor Carol Hirsch. No property owners voiced issues with the proposal either. Hirsch commented that although nothing may come of the matter in the immediate future, the opportunity for future development will be open.
Paperwork on the annexation has been sent back to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for approval. MoDOT is expected to send a formal ordinance back to the city for passage.
On the offer by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to give its significant property holdings on the south side of the tracks to the city, Hirsch said she is waiting for additional word from the railroad following her last communications.
Cost to the city will be $2,000 in legal fees. The railroad had requested the city erect a fence along the railroad right-of-way, which Hirsch said the city cannot afford. Fences will be needed around monitoring wells located on the property. Hirsch said she has asked the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to explain why the monitoring wells are there.
Should the arrangement come together, Hirsch said the property between the railroad and Clear Creek already has paths in it and could become a bird watcher's paradise. If the land transfer gets stalled, Former Mayor Mark Peters suggested talking to the railroad about a fixed rate multi-year lease deal for the city's main lift station and sewer mains, located on the property.
The wind storm that left the city without power on May 8 also knocked out the generator for the south well. Water operator Charlie Ingram reported problems getting the generator started so Mike Parrigon from Cummins came into town to look at it. Parrigon prepared quotes for giving a thorough maintenance check on all four city generators, which were presented to aldermen.
Cummins' prices ran from around $600 to $800 per generator. Total cost was $2,719.85. Aldermen asked Hirsch to get a comparable quote from at least one other area vendor, since the number of firms doing generator maintenance is limited. Discussion will continue at the July meeting. According to Clerk Julie Johnson, cost for the work could be split between the water and sewer funds and the general fund.
Alderman John Archer reported preparations were complete to begin the city's new recycling effort, which will be held on the second Saturday of each month by the north water tower. The Pierce City High School FFA chapter will provide help with the first collection. Other school groups would be approached for future assistance.
Archer said he was pursuing leads for what to do with materials that cannot be taken for recycling at this time, such as television sets. He had heard of private firms taking such materials for resale and would try to get contact information.
In department reports, Police Chief Mike Abramovitz presented a summary of 19 incidents his officers worked. Two arrest warrants were served and two were arrested for driving while intoxicated. Among the other incidents were one burglary, three stealing cases and two property damage reports. A vehicle stolen for a joy ride and an unattended death were also reported.
Firefighters responded to 15 incidents. Ten were First Responder calls for medical cases. Firemen went to one gas leak, one stove fire and one storm spotting duty.