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Monett Council to again pursue DREAM funding

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Downtown Monett on a summer day.

The Monett City Council has once again voted to purse funding for improvements on Broadway under the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) initiative. Council members approved the plan after City Administrator Dennis Pyle described the latest application. This will be the third time Monett has sought support under DREAM. Pyle has updated last year's application and included the hiring of Main Street coordinator D.J. Miller as illustrations of the city's commitment to the plan.

Pyle pointed out the DREAM program requires a local match of $50,000 for the grant over the next three years.

To improve Monett's chances at getting a grant, Pyle talked to representatives at the Missouri Development Finance Board, which oversees the program. One of the reviewers had agreed to look at the latest application and offer comments in advance of submitting the proposal.

No input has come back to the city from previous applications. Pyle hoped to get some idea about past reviews in talking with the Missouri Development Finance Board. Miller and Suzy McElmurry, executive director of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, would also look over the application before it is submitted.

Contracts awarded

Council members awarded two contracts at the meeting. Pyle reported the United States Army Corps of Engineers has asked for a wetlands study of the Monett Municipal Airport in the course of the recent environment assessment.

Bucher, Willis and Ratliff (BWR), the Kansas City-based engineering company handling the environmental assessment, can do the wetlands study for $14,500. The city's share would be only $750 or 5 percent.

Council members were amazed by both the price and the request. They asked where the nearest wetlands were to the airport that would even prompt such a request. Pyle said Capps Creek, a few miles south of the airport, may be the target. Pyle hoped BWR would be able to provide the Corps with a definitive declaration that the airport was clear of any wetlands and thus end all future questions.

A contract for $72,425.40 was awarded to Seven Valleys Construction, of Cassville, for boring four paths for water mains under state highways and railroad tracks. Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch said Seven Valleys was the only bidder on work needed for laying new mains for the water system upgrade involving a new treatment plant for muddy well water.

Seven Valleys' bid was 50 percent under the engineer's estimate, Rauch said. Consequently, awarding two alternates along with the two main bores became affordable. The bores in question will be done at Highway 37 and Farm Road 1070/Eisenhower Street; Highway H and Farm Road 2230; Highway 37 and Moge Road; and under the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad line at Farm Road 2040/Tate's Corner.

"We may do a change order with the First United Methodist Church for an easement for the #12 well at North Park," Rauch said.

The Utilities Department has purchased close to $1 million in 12-inch and 16-inch pipes for the water main additions, Rauch said. Bids for the pipe were high but significantly better than the verbal quotes originally received. Federal Recovery bonds totaling $2.5 million received from both Barry and Lawrence counties would pay for the project.

The pipe company had agreed to stretch delivery of the pipe out over 90 days, Rauch said, holding the same price. The supply will be stockpiled within city inventory and used as the project progresses.

A bond issue will eventually have to go before voters to pay for construction of the water treatment plant on the old Rutherford farm, north of County Street. Rauch hoped to get as much work done in advance of the bond issue as possible.

The Barry County part of the job may end up going out for bid, including the use of a trackhoe, to dig deep ditches. Rauch hoped to be able to install new mains to carry possibly muddy well water to the treatment plant plus mains to carry the treated water to customers in the same ditches.

Additional ordinances

Two ordinances were reviewed requiring subsequent action.

No objections were raised to the new ordinance establishing a lot size where storm water retention will be mandates. The new ordinance places a requirement for action on property measuring 8,000 square feet.

"The last time we discussed it," said Building Inspector Wade Ennes, "it would be to everyone's benefit. I've heard no complaints about it."

A new ordinance was introduced to update the emergency management and civil defense. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Bonnie Witt-Schulte said the new proposal better defines what is a disaster and what the response should be, including repercussions if the outlined response is not followed.

Mayor Jim Orr said the new ordinance includes a flow chart that shows responsibilities and a succession of authority in a disaster scenario.

Both ordinances were placed on the agenda for action at the Aug. 20 council meeting.

Council members approved renewing the city's ordinance on conflicts of interest. The ordinance has to be approved every two years, said Clerk Janie Knight.

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