Purdy aldermen set dates for Purdy's city-wide cleanup and heard from a member of Purdy High School's Spanish Club about restoring the park caboose during the Aug. 17 Purdy city council meeting.
Scott Kline, representing the Purdy High School's Spanish Club, was present at the meeting to discuss the caboose located in the city's park.
According to Kline, Bill Roller, of Purdy, has offered to donate funds for the restoration, and Vince Pinkley will be doing the painting.
Pinkley, who has a painting business, painted Pierce City's caboose in the past. The project is expected to cost approximately $2,000.
In addition, Kline asked aldermen if they would match the $500 the Spanish Club has raised to put new barbecue grills in the park.
Aldermen agreed to donate the $500 and told Kline they thought it was a good idea to replace the old grills with two larger ones.
Public Works Superintendent Teddy McIntire agreed to trim the trees around the caboose so it would be more visible from the road.
In police business, Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe informed aldermen about an arrest due to drug paraphernalia and an unknown white powder. The substance was sent to the crime lab for testing and the case remains under investigation.
Lowe also reported that he had responded to a fire at the trailer park located on Highway 37. Upon his arrival, he found items such as shingles, insulation and other prohibited items burning. The fire was extinguished and the matter was referred to the Department of Natural Resources.
The Barry County Sheriff's Department requested assistance from Purdy police regarding a man armed with an ax handle and a knife who was trying to force entry into a house. The suspect fled prior to officers' arrival.
In other business, aldermen:
* Scheduled the city-wide cleanup for the week of Sept. 21.
* Set the 2009 tax rate ceiling at .3956 per $100, a slight decrease from 2008, which was .4017 per $100 assessed valuation of property.
* Made a resolution to appoint the city's current Municipal Court Judge Andrew Hager, Jr., for a two-year term effective Jan. 1, 2009.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m.