The Purdy City Council made appointments for the coming year and discussed the upcoming bond issue during its May meeting.
Aldermen chose to keep all the staff in their previous assignments. Aldermen Steve Roden and Ken Real kept their duties as mayor pro tem and treasurer respectively. Debbie Redshaw will continue as city clerk, Jackie Lowe as police chief and Don Trotter as city attorney.
With the special election slated for June 8 on the $2.5 million bond issue for upgrading the sewer system, aldermen agreed to help distribute a flier to residents in their wards. The flier will be handed out after the Memorial Day holiday.
According to the flier, if voters fail to pass the bond issue, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may force the city to rebuild its wastewater system and land application system without financial assistance. If voters pass the bond, the city will be able to pursue grants and other government resources to cover the cost.
The final public hearing explaining the bond proposal will be held on May 27 at the Purdy Community Building. Mayor Ron Dutra said Bruce Hively from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program will be on hand to help explain funding options available if the bond is passed. Representatives from the engineering firm of Allgeier, Martin and Associates will be present with more details on action required by DNR to meet the higher standards imposed in the city's wastewater permit.
Dutra said the city has received little feedback from the public on the proposal. Dutra hoped aldermen would answer questions and stress the importance of the issue while distributing the flier.
Aldermen voted to give Public Works Superintendent Teddy McIntire a $1-per-hour raise for completing his Class D wastewater license. As previously agreed, aldermen raised McIntire's salary to $14.87 an hour.
|McIntire reported attending a session at the recent water and wastewater conference in Monett presented by Ace Pipe Cleaning of Kansas City. The firm offers to videotape and cut roots in sewer pipes at $1.50 per foot for a minimum of 4,000 feet, which Alderman Real calculated represents about 12 city blocks.||Aldermen agreed the service was needed and something Purdy had never done. They asked to have the company representative contacted to speak at the June council meeting.|
Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported officers had responded to a number of serious incidents in April. Someone broke into an abandoned trailer at 205 Third St. and stripped out the copper wiring, leaving the structure unsalvageable. Ken Whittington, hired to demolish the trailer, was accosted by two previous residents, one of whom punched Whittington in the face.
An argument over a cell phone on April 10 resulted in two women assaulting a third, forcing the victim to seek medical treatment for severe lacerations. Lowe said the apparent assailants had not been cooperative and the investigation was continuing. A domestic assault on April 17 resulted in severe injuries to a spouse who required hospital treatment.
Lowe reported two incidents where teens were arrested for possession of alcohol by consumption after being seen walking in public in an impaired condition.
|Responding to a number of property complaints, Lowe sent out over a dozen letters to property owners citing ordinance violations.||Two suspicious fires, including the one at the school by the recycling center, remain under investigation.|
Bills were paid totaling $40,248.35.
A closed session was held for personnel and litigation issues. No action was reported.