Council members voted to approve a cooperative agreement with the YMCA over employee membership. Since the city has 10 employees who are members, all the employees can get a 10 percent discount, and any other city participants. The opportunity to secure a discount had not previously been known. The contract goes into effect on Nov. 1.
A lease for the parking lot at the Windmill Ridge municipal golf course at Highways 37 and 60 was approved. The contract would lease the land for the lot to the city at $1 per year for five years. Mayor Jim Orr said the lease does not cover the clubhouse, which also sits on state highway right-of-way.
Public input was taken on the proposed ordinance raising to cost of city cemetery lots from $150 to $300 and the charge for burials on weekends and holidays. One person said $300 was too much. Orr responded when he buried his sister in Parsons, Kan., the grave fee was $600. It was noted the fee scale had not been changed since 1998.
Final passage was scheduled for the Oct. 20 meeting.
Bills were paid totaling $1,568,496.59. The only large bill of the month was the wholesale electricity fee to Empire District Electric of $1,264,671. Of that, $307,545 was the fuel surcharge, covering extra expenses for meeting high demand.
A proclamation was presented to the Monett Lions Club in recognition of service rendered by the club. Orr presented the proclamation to Al Dohmen, Jr., club president, and officers Steve Wise and Zana Botzow.
The proclamation read:
"Whereas, The Lions Clubs are committed to providing Voluntary Services through community involvement
"Whereas, The Lions contribute greatly to community service and
Whereas, The Lions are valued members throughout our community; and
"Whereas, the Day of October 3, 2009, has been designated Lions We Serve Day.
"Now, Therefore, I James Orr, Mayor of the City of Monett, Missouri do hereby proclaim the day of October 3, 2009 as 'Lions We Serve Day.' In the City of Monett, Missouri, and ask that everyone join in recognizing these outstanding volunteers, especially on Saturday, October 3rd, Lions We Serve Day.
"In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Monett to be affixed hereto, this 15th day of September, 2009.
/s/ James Orr, Mayor
In activity by city departments, Street Superintendent Russ Balmas reported his crews were putting the final touches on the last section of the Greenways Trail, connecting the golf course to Eisenhower.
A display case was being installed at the North Park to display a city map. Balmas said a pad for the case has been poured in a central location between the parking lot and the concession stand. Orr invited the chamber to add more information to the map, such as where eating establishments are located.
Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch said water department crews have set a new pump at the #17 well from the old ice plant. Installation of 12-inch water mains from the well to Chapell Drive has progressed about 100 feet and is continuing.
Electric department crews have set around 30 utility poles in the past month, Rauch added.