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Monett to apply for DREAM Initiative grant

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sunset behind downtown Monett as viewed from the Centennial Overpass bridge. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Steps were taken to expand city resources and repair building roofs at the July meeting of the Monett City Council.

Council members approved applying for the second year for funding to make downtown improvements under the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative. The application deadline is July 31.

City Administrator Dennis Pyle said that in checking with other cities, DREAM may open doors for grants and other assistance not otherwise available to Monett. The city would have to provide a 20 percent match on the grant. On average, the match costs cities between $12,000 and $17,000 a year.

Mayor Jim Orr said the response to DREAM has been mixed. Neosho, he said, was enthusiastic about the program, while Aurora officials had mixed emotions.

Pyle planned to include the Vision 2030 book prepared by the Drury University students as part of the application. Winners will be announced at the annual state economic development conference in the fall.

Allied Roofing Systems, of Springfield, was the successful bidder to repair the roofs on the street department building at Sixth and Front and the museum/mechanics shop at 705 E. Broadway. Both were damaged in the May 8 wind storm. Allied, which had previously repaired the YMCA building roof, was the only contractor of several that were contacted to submit a bid.

Cost for the projects were $39,983.15 for the street department building and $39,224.79 for the museum building. An insurance adjuster approved $85,185.94 for the damage, Pyle said. An additional $40,000 in recoverable depreciation should also be available, he added.

Council members authorized upgrading all 24 golf carts the city has leased from Yamaha Masek. Mayor Orr said the upgrade will cost an extra $3 per cart. It was reported the carts often develop maintenance issues after about four years so the company advised keeping up a warranty.

The 2007 carts will be replaced with 2010 vehicles that will be delivered in September. Payment will not be due until next May and the city will have six months to pay the bill. Burton Golf Carts will have the maintenance contract.

Council members approved upgrading the police department's record management system in a $60,890 deal with Information Technologies of St. Louis. Police Chief Tim Schweder said the prposal, originally budgeted at $46,500, includes a number of one-time expenses such as training.

Information Technologies had won a 1998 city contract for police equipment.Information Technologies offered to reuse the city's original record system, which had become too antiquated for any firm to maintain. Bids for the job varied widely.

With the upgrade, Schweder said officers would be able to create reports from their car computers and access the city's database, which is currently not possible. The city had sought a federal grant to cover the upgrade but had been denied.

Council members approved the sale of an old radio tower that had been used with the old communications van. Chief Dispatcher Bonnie Witt-Schulte explained the city had not needed its old communications van since 2003.

Since then, Witt-Schulte said the city has joined Homeland Security Region D. Region leaders used their funding to purchase two state-of-the-art communications vans. One is kept in Springfield and the other in Joplin. The vans are available to the city in case of an emergency.

The antennae in question was traded to Cox Monett Hospital for use in the hospital's communications van.

Six older security cameras used at the old police station were authorized for sale.

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