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Council approves airport plan

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Monett City Council approved its master plan for the municipal airport and discussed various city projects at its January monthly meeting.

The airport master plan and layout plan, prepared by the engineering firm of Bucher, Willis and Ratliff (BWR), was adopted with no revisions. After a presentation was made last month to council members, Mike Waller, aviation project manager and planner for BWR, made a return visit from Kansas City to review the plan with the Monett Industry Council.

Airport Superintendent Howard Frazier voiced his support for the document, citing the advantage of having a working plan to guide future development. The 20-year plan calls for construction of a new north-south runway wider and longer than the present runway to handle the next generation of mid-sized jets. Various facility expansions are projected as well.

Having an updated master plan makes the city eligible for more federal grant money to pay for airport growth. The plan projected $34 million in additional growth at the facility over the next 20 years.

Furnace ordinance

A revision to the city's mechanical code was introduced to deal with outdoor woodburning furnaces. Wade Ennes, assistant building inspector, said the current regulations allow a unit to be placed on concrete blocks without distance requirements. A fire has already occurred at that residence due to such a unit.

Under the new regulations, a wood-burning exterior home furnace will have to be located on a concrete pad underneath an enclosure. A minimum clearance distance between the furnace and house would be established for dealing with combustibles.

Second reading and public discussion was scheduled for the Feb. 19 meeting.

City projects

Street Superintendent Russ Balmas reported keeping streets cleared for the four winter storms from Dec. 24, 2009, to Jan. 7 cost $100,819. Material used cost almost $56,000 while additional labor ran just under $13,000. Balmas said he had reordered melting material but was still waiting for his new supply of Geomelt, the non-corrosive beet juice product used on bridges. The city orders salt in sufficient quantity to sell a supply to the Monett Special Road District and to Jack Henry and Associates.

The next project for street crews will be working on cart paths for the golf course, Balmas added.

Fire Chief Tom Jones thanked the other department heads for assistance provided in the McDonald's restaurant fire on Jan. 8.

Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch reported the prolonged cold snap prompted a number of water main breaks that have kept crews busy. The high pressure series of water lines established on the southeast corner of town enabled the fire department to get all the water needed to fight the McDonald's fire.

Water crews have completed laying the new 12-inch main from the old ice plant well to the main on Chapell Drive. Electric crews have laid 900 feet of underground primary lines and placed a new transformer for additions to the main Miracle Recreation facility on Highway 60.

Only five of 18 easements needed to build the water main extension from the city limits to the airport have been signed. Rauch said he and engineer Kevin Sprenkle planned to begin making personal calls in the near future to promote the process. Rauch said he believes the lack of response was more due to property owners having other things to do rather than opposition to the project.

Ennes reported two permits for home construction have been issued already in 2010. Builders are working on houses in the 1,300-to 1,500-square-foot range. His office has also been working on a number of property maintenance issues.

Financial action

Council members approved a $19,150 contract with Burk Bridge to overcap the Centennial Overpass. Traffic will not be disrupted by the project.

Bills for the month totaling $1,564,174.30 were paid. The largest payment went to Empire District Electric for wholesale electricity totaling $1,025,212.

Other large bills included $92,000 to Insituform for lining sewer mains, a $30,000 payment on police cars and $19,500 to Reavis Water Well Construction to rebuild a well pump.

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