At the September meeting of the Pierce City City Council, officials reported on a variety of activities that took place during the previous month.
Police Chief Mike Abramovitz reported his officers responded to 17 incidents during the month. Two arrests were made on out-of-town warrants. Jacob Meadors was arrested on Aug. 7 on warrants from Monett, Barry County and Newton County. John Aust, Jr. was also arrested on Aug. 7 on a warrant from Atchison County.
Officers made four arrests on domestic assault, forgery and stolen property offenses. Other cases needing police assistance included burglary, harassment, assault, stealing, property damage, domestic violence and child abuse.
Water and waterwater operator Charlie Ingram reported capping the old water hydrant at Jefferson and Myrtle, which required turning off water in the vicinity for several hours. Chlorine leaks on the south well have caused a number of rust problems requiring the application of stainless steel coating over the top of rust inhibitor.
The wastewater plant continues to be stressed during rainfalls, according to Ingram. After nearly an inch of rain on Aug. 20, the plant moved 590,0000 gallons of effluent even though it was designed to handle 225,000 gallons in 24 hours. The plant handled the load, despite a sludge build-up that had to be moved to the old oxidation ditch.
The repaired pump in one of the aerators at the wastewater plant has been reinstalled, Mayor Carol Hirsch said. According to information at a recent conference, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will issue new plant regulations in 2011. Hirsch anticipated the city would have to install ultraviolet scanning on the released effluent but may avoid any further upgrades.
Wayne Sooter reported placing four loads of base on roads and alleys and spraying for mosquitoes. Aldermen asked for more work on the large pothole on the Walnut Street hill and another mosquito spraying in the near future.
The city fire department made five runs in August. Three were in response to medical calls. One went to a motor vehicle accident and another assisted in a hazardous materials spill.