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Council endorses planting proposal

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Monett City Council has approved a resolution that encourages city residents to plant the Rose of Sharon flower within the city. The action was taken during the council's monthly meeting yesterday morning.

Mayor Jim Orr said the city is inviting area residents to participate in this choice of landscaping theme.

"The council encourages the citizens of Monett to share in this suggested city-wide beautification idea," the resolution reads. "The collaboration and assistance of residents in the planting and cultivating of this plant will introduce an added attraction to the City of Monett."

Monett resident Scott Grissom approached the council last month and asked that commissioners consider naming the Rose of Sharon as the city's official flower.

"I first took notice of the Rose of Sharon, when I bought two at a local nursery," said Grissom. "I fell in love with their prolific showy blooms. I then noticed how many beautiful specimens were in our city, in yards, in alleys and in the Monett South Park. I have never been to a city with so many."

In response to Grissom's request, the city has named the Rose of Sharon as the city's "flower of choice for the next 12 months."

Grissom said he is pleased with the resolution passed by the council on Tuesday.

"I am very proud that the city has decided to make this beautiful flower the flower of choice for the next year," Grissom said. "I hope that the

residents of Monett will enjoy the flower and plant it in their yards and display it proudly."

The council also took action on the city's health insurance plan. After reviewing proposals submitted by four different insurance companies, commissioners opted to change from United Healthcare to Anthem for an eight-month period ending Dec. 31, 2010. Under the new policy, the renewal date will change from May 1 to Jan. 1.

United Healthcare was proposing a renewal rate increase of 16 percent. By changing to Anthem, the city will receive the same coverage at an increase of just over 7 percent. When comparing the two proposals, costs were annualized.

"Employees will see virtually no change in their benefits and employees with dependant coverage will see only a minimal cost increase," said City Administrator Dennis Pyle.

The city will rebid their insurance when the Anthem policy is up for renewal on Dec. 31.

Pyle cautioned that employees should expect the policy's deductible amount to increase next year.

"We need to tell employees that the $500 deductible is not going to remain for long," said Pyle. "It's likely the deductible will increase to $1,000 next year."

Council members also approved a supplemental agreement between the City of Monett and Bucher, Willis and Ratliff for airport and community planning services. According to Pyle, this project would involve setting height and hazard requirements at the Monett Municipal Airport.

"The project would involve the city council, the citizens, the Barry and Lawrence county commissions in approving the airport plan and actions that will take place at a hopefully expanding airport," said Pyle. "We want to try to precent towers and other obstacles going up within a certain radius of the airport." The agreement will cost $35,000 with 95 percent of the project paid for through federal funds. The city's portion of the project will cost only $1,750.

In other business, the Monett council:

* Received an update from Sgt. Dennis Camp about grants the Monett Police Department receives from the Missouri Highway Safety Program. Sgt. Camp told the council the police department will be applying for the same grants it received last year, which could total $6,000. Grant money is used to conduct hazardous moving violation and driving while impaired enforcement efforts beyond normal police patrols. "The goal of these efforts is to put more officers on the streets in more targeted patrol outside their normal work schedule," said Sgt. Camp.

* Approved an agreement for consulting services between the City of Monett and Roger A. Day with Better Projects based in Republic. Under the agreement, Day will be available to conduct commercial plan reviews for the city on an as-needed basis. "We will probably only use Roger on large commercial projects," said Pyle.

* Recertified Pyle and Russ Balmas as appointees to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District N.

* Approved April bills that totalled $1,544,618.18. The largest payments were made to: Bucher, Willis and Ratliff in the amount of $21,000 for airport consulting services; Empire District Electric in the amount of $1,082,869; Sasco Pavement Coating in the amount of $28,000 for a new crack seal machine; and MFA Oil Co. in the amount of $19,000 for bulk fuel.

* Introduced an ordinance to amend the city code relating to building permit fees. The change will not affect fee structures but will give the city a way to pass on the costs it incurs when it uses an outside consultant to conduct plan reviews. "If we do use the services of a consultant, the cost will be passed onto the applicant," said Pyle. The ordinance is scheduled for a second reading and public comment on May 20.

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