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Monett City Council reviews city activities

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Monett City Council members reviewed activities by city employees during the May monthly meeting.

Mayor Jim Orr introduced Jeff Brattin as the new assistant building inspector. Wade Ennis has been promoted to building inspector, succeeding George Rausch, who retired.

No public input was received on the ordinance amending fees for building permits. According to City Administrator Dennis Pyle, the amendment does not change the existing permit fee schedules. The change adds a provision to pass through the cost of having a commercial plan review done by an outside consultant.

"The consultant would only be used on commercial projects at the discretion of the BOCA administrator," Pyle stated. "This appears to be more cost effective for the city to do this so the building inspectors can focus more on inspections, property maintenance code and subdivision reviews. The entire cost of the consultant will be re-couped from the builder/owner as part of the normal building permit fee process."

Final reading and passage of the amendment was scheduled for the June 21 monthly meeting.

Police Chief Tim Schweder reported Matt Houck had resigned from the department to take a position outside of law enforcement with the Clark Community Mental Health Center. Houck had first been hired as an officer in October 1995. He was promoted to detective in 1997, left the department at the end of 2001 and returned as a detective in 2003.

Schweder said he hoped to hire an officer from the eligible candidate list to fill the vacancy. The detective position would be filled by promoting a current officer.

Sanitation Superintendent Russ Balmas reported the city-wide clean-up had been completed at a cost of $72,824. Of that amount, $42,475 was for the use of equipment. Crews hauled 189 tons of material. The 64 tons of metal will be sold for scrap. The 77 cubic yards of rocks and concrete were hauled to the landfill. The 1,464 cubic yards of brush collected are being burned.

The F-1 tornado that crossed South Park on May 13 destroyed around 12 trees at South Park, Balmas reported.

For the street department, Balmas said the Centennial Overpass bridge would be closed for the week on June 7. Crews would overspray the bridge with a protective coating that should not get onto vehicles. Balmas advised motorists to find alternate routes across town. Trucks would be rerouted to Chapell Drive.

Crews would work on micro-sealing Broadway during the last weeks of June, Balmas added.

Ennis reported the building inspector's office now has plans for a new McDonald's restaurant. The replacement for the restaurant that burned down on Jan. 8 will be located on the same lot but will not have a children's playground included. The footprint will be slightly smaller and will include an enlarged kitchen and seating area.

Plans for the 17,000-square-foot addition at Monett Elementary School have been submitted for review. International Dehydrated Foods has announced plans to add a pre-formed concrete warehouse to its Monett facility, Ennis added.

Building owners cited for code violations downtown are due in municipal court on June 1, said Mechele Tharp, munic



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