Purdy aldermen discussed the possibility of creating an Economic Development Committee (EDC) in the community and continued discussion about recent vandalism of city property during the Nov. 9 city council meeting.
Graffiti on the caboose in the city park was only the beginning of a series of vandalism incidents on city property.
According to Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe, there were nine reported incidents of graffiti-related vandalism during the month of October. Lowe said the incidents are believed to be related and were most likely done by the same individuals. The cases remain under investigation.
In an effort to prevent any future property damage, the city has placed outside lights around the community building, near the caboose.
In his report, Public Works Superintendent Teddy McIntire told aldermen he received a bid to remove six trees and trim 11 additional trees that had been damaged in the 2007 ice storm. B&H Tree Service of Aurora had the winning bid at $1,700.
In other business, aldermen discussed creating an Economic Development Committee (EDC) in collaboration between the city and the Purdy School District.
"We need to build a sense of community," said Purdy Mayor Ron Dutra. "Young people are more motivated now than we have seen in a long time."
"We need to support the youth of Purdy," added Aldermen Steve Roden.
Ed Mareth, who is remodeling some of the buildings in downtown Purdy, told aldermen he anticipates two new businesses coming to Purdy in the near future will include software companies.
In addition, Mareth said he has "heard positive things" from Purdy citizens about the city's reaction to stop the incidents of vandalism.
The next Purdy City Council will be Dec. 14.