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Freistatt board awards contract for crosswalk

Friday, July 24, 2009

A contract was awarded for the construction of a crosswalk over Highway H at the July meeting of the Freistatt village board.

Board trustees voted to hire Vaughn Construction of Monett to build the new crosswalk over Highway H, north of the post office. After contacting around 10 contractors and advertising for bids, engineer Kevin Sprenkle had only one bid to open. He advised trustees that Vaughn's bid was close to his estimate, and the board voted to accept the bid.

The $6,871 project involves removing about 25 feet of old curb and guttering on the east side of the road, installing a dropped ramp with wings, and doing the same on the west side, removing about 38 feet of curb and guttering to install the ramp. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will take care of striping the highway. Striping will extend west on the intersecting city street to the jog in the road, in lieu of building a raised sidewalk, which would cause water drainage issues.

Sprenkle figured Vaughn could do the work in two weeks. MoDOT would need to schedule painting and sign installation, all of which could be finished by the time school starts.

Water operator resigns

Trustees also accepted the resignation of water and wastewater operator Charlie Ingram. With the level of work involved, Ingram said he could no longer adequately serve Freistatt part-time as well as working full-time for Pierce City. He said it was not fair to the village to have someone who could not commit adequate time to projects.

Ingram promised to work through the end of July, provide orientation to any new person and be available in emergencies. Several trustees expressed appreciation to Ingram for his efforts since Ingram was hired in April 2005.

Ingram has been working on replacing water meters around town, a more difficult project than first anticipated. Ingram found five of the first 10 meters he looked at need to have the meter sets replaced along with the meter itself. The board has scheduled replacement of several dozen meters with newer ones recylced out of Monett's system.

More water than usual was pumped during June, Ingram reported, as he successfully flushed hydrants every two weeks to keep water sitting in the north-south main across the west end of town from getting stale. The worst concentration of stale water appears to have been pinpointed by flushing the hydrant by the Nix property on the north end of the line.

Having done a survey of hydrants in town, Ingram said the only hydrants that can be used for fire protection are on the new six-inch main along Highway H and by the water tower. The rest of the hydrants on residential streets are hooked to two-inch lines that would collapse if hooked to suction from a fire truck pumper. The hydrants can be used to fill fire department tankers but have little use otherwise, Ingram said.

Clean-up issues discussed

Much of the rest of the meeting was spent discussing legal issues in dealing with property owners. Village Attorney Don Trotter offered suggestions on ways to deal with landlords when tenants leave with outstanding water bills, without having to file a time-consuming tax lien. Trotter advised having the village marshal visit a property as building inspector and make a very detailed list of clean-up issues desired by the board.
Trotter suggested the marshal could get a ticket book and issue fines to property owners for not cleaning up their property. Such matters could be taken to county court along with traffic cases. Two property owners had made progress cleaning up their land since the last meeting. Board members asked to have letters sent to the landowners thanking them for the effort and encouraging more work.

Department reports

In other business, Clerk Deborah Schoen reported the new flood plain maps for Lawrence County appear to show no major flooding areas inside the village. The closest location listed is by Center Creek, south of town. Schoen said the Federal Emergency Management Agency would contact the village to discuss the map. All recent annexations had been listed.

MoDOT indicated its work crews would mow right-of-ways inside the village on the regular work cycle of four times a year, using its large mowers. The only additional help available, Schoen reported, was MoDOT offered to spray a retardant in ditches, at property owners' request, to slow the growth of plants. Schoen agreed to create a form to distribute to property owners along H Highway which could be used to request assistance.

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