Purdy aldermen discussed maintenance on the city's caboose and the public works system during the June city council meeting.
Scott Klein, representing the Purdy High School Spanish Club, approached the council about the club working on the caboose at the city park. Klein said the grills need to be redone or replaced, and the interior of the caboose is in poor condition.
Aldermen directed Klein to contact Bill Roller, who had also approached the city about working on the caboose. Council members welcomed a joint proposal, which they hoped would be presented at a future meeting.
Aldermen turned down both proposals from Ron Gray and his 3 Way Construction firm to privatize the public works department and take over trash service at a 10 percent reduction in cost. Aldermen expressed confidence in their current public works operation. Mayor Ron Dutra said Stanphill Sanitation had done a good job over the years and deserved to be rewarded for loyalty.
A proclamation was issued by the council stating the lighting and discharge of fireworks inside the city limits would be allowed on July 3 to July 5 between 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Fireworks use before or after that time would be subject to a citation and confiscation of the pyrotechnic material.
Public Works Superintendent Teddy McIntire convinced aldermen to buy a larger chlorine pump for $1,080. The request was granted.
McIntire reported new regulations from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources would require the city to measure the acidity level and temperature of water from its wells daily. A new meter would have to be purchased for that purpose.
Bids on 16 separate paving projects were made by the Donelson Construction Company of Clever. No action was taken.
McIntire said all the new doors had been put in place at the Community Building.
Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported officers responded to 46 calls for service within the community and assisted other law enforcement agencies seven times. During that time, Terry Meek was hired as a part-time officer.
Officers assisted in clean-up after a wind storm on May 13 overturned a mobile home in town, blew a metal carport over a house and pulled a stop sign embedded in concrete at Commercial and Jefferson out of the ground. Winds were estimated at around 80 miles per hour. No weather warnings had been issued at the time, Lowe indicated. The wind storm on May 8 had done damage to the canopy at the Country Corner Store and the roof at the Ramey's supermarket.
Lowe reported working on getting six different properties cleaned up or mowed where absentee owners were contributing to unkempt conditions.