Purdy aldermen continued discussion on ways to finance the city improvement sewer system project that is being mandated by state regulators during the Jan. 11 city council meeting.
USDA Rural Development Specialist Bruce Hively and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Grant Administrator Sue Bacorn were present to discuss possible funding resources the city could use to help with the cost of the project.
Brandon Freeman, an engineer from the city's engineering firm Allgeier Martin and Associates was also present.
Last summer, the city received a letter from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which outlined numerous problems with the city's current sewer system, informing the city that changes must be made. In addition, DNR indicated if the city did not fix the problems, the state would take action to do so.
"Purdy is not the only city running into this," said Hively. "We (USDA) are here to help provide services."
|Hively told aldermen there is currently a lot of loan money available for water and sewer projects.|
"The economy is in bad shape but now is the best time to pursue loan options because interest rates are low," said Hively.
The city submitted a grant application to DNR but has not yet received a response.
"The Purdy community needs to know how and why it has to be done," said Aldermen Real.
In an effort to help Purdy residents understand the process ahead, city officials plan to hold town hall meetings in the near future to discuss the project.
According to city council members, Greg Perkins with DNR's water division has offered to provide residents with a comprehensive detailed explanation of the issues at hand.
Since the projected cost and possible rate increases have not been determined, and because there is not enough time to help educate and prepare citizens before the April election, aldermen discussed holding a special bond issue election in June.
The city council also heard from Patty Weber, an accountant with The CPA Group in Monett, who was present to provide aldermen with information on the outcome of the city's 2009 audit.
"Compared to other cities, Purdy had a good year," said Weber.
According to Weber, the firm found no problems with the audit. In addition, Weber commended the City of Purdy for "tightening up belts" and keeping expenditures down during a bad economy.
In his report, Public Works Superintendent Teddy McIntire told aldermen he has placed two signs at the city park displaying park hours. Two additional signs will be added in the near future.
In police business, Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe told aldermen the Missouri State Highway Patrol had conducted an audit of Purdy's Uniform Crime Reporting system and found it to be in compliance.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m.