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Monett City Council moves closer to demolition at Olympia

Friday, March 26, 2010

Three employees for the city of Monett were recognized at the March meeting of the Monett City Council for completing 10 years of service with the city. Mayor Jim Orr said recognitions are usually made at the annual employee Christmas party, which was not held last year due to the tight economy. Shown from left are: Amy Crouch, Utilities Department administrative assistant; and Jeff Owens and Lance Allcock, both with the Monett Fire Department. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Monett City Council members heard a proposal about naming a city flower, took action on a demolition recommendation and heard from department heads about recent employee activity.

Resident Scott Grissom asked council members to consider naming the hibiscus, otherwise known at the Rose of Sharon, as the city flower. Grisham said there are many growing in the park and at residences around town. Encouraging the planting of the attractive flower that blooms through much of the summer could help beautify the town. A major presence of the flower could stimulate both tourism and commerce, Grisham added. Mayor Jim Orr agreed to add the proposal to a council work session for discussion.

Condemnation action

Council members voted to approve demolition of a lean-to building on the north side of the Olympia Foundry building, located at 913 E. Broadway. Olympia closed in August, 2008. The Building Board had recommended demolition of the auxiliary structure.

Commissioner Jerry Dierker voiced concern that the lean-to could collapse into Kelly Creek, creating another flood obstruction. The condition of the main structure is not known but is thought to be sound, said Wade Ennis, assistant building inspector.

Under guidelines of the city code, the bank that owns the factory building has 30 days to remediate the problem before the city can demolish the structure. The cost of demolition will have to be placed as a lien on the property.

Department reports

Mayor Orr asked department heads to rundown the latest activities.

Ennis said the Building Inspector's office has been talking about storm water retention requirements for the proposed construction at Monett Elementary School. The office has been consulting with a design firm about plans for a new Monett Community Church building east of the Justice Center. Plans for replacing the McDonald's restaurant, Ennis said, appear to be waiting on a determination on the size of the new building.

Building Inspector George Rausch told The Times he has issued around seven notices to downtown business owners whose buildings have exterior issues, such as broken windows or missing downspouts. Rausch said he has spoken to the owners about "tidying up" with no results in the past. Now the owners are on a 30-day time frame to take action or face the municipal court judge.

Fire Chief Tom Jones said firemen have undertaken several training exercises. Monett was one of 11 departments participating in the burning of an old hotel in Wheaton. Crews used the old Chapman Tire building at Front and Fourth to practice searching in a large building. This week firemen planned to work with EFCO Corporation on responding to a scenario about being trapped in a confined space.

Street and Park Superintendent Russ Balmas said his crews are continuing to replace the cart paths on the west side of the golf course. City crews are working around golfers to widen all the paths to six feet wide, as weather permits.

Monett High School donated a set of bleachers to place at the North Park #6 ball field. Balmas said his crews will be putting bleachers in place for the spring season and preparing for spring cleanup during the first week of May.

Electric Department foreman Aaron Burdett reported crews have now replaced around 360 utility poles and are now starting to look at poles that have become soft on top. Checks were being done on capacitors around town.

Water Department foreman Steve Roden said the old ice plant well has now been added to the high pressure line serving the southeast corner of town. The move removed a notable load off the twin standpipes in the Industrial Park.

Airport Superintendent Howard Frazier reported plane traffic had increased in recent weeks. Fuel sales had increased accordingly.

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