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Purdy Council gets update on smoke testing results

Friday, September 17, 2010

Members of the Purdy City Council received an update on the city's recent smoke testing of wastewater lines from Ray Greek of Ace Pipe Cleaning at their September meeting Monday night.

Greek said smoke testing results on the west side of town revealed 32 violations, and he urged aldermen to go ahead and have the east side of town tested.

"I would also send a letter to everyone explaining what steps the city is taking," Greek said. "Thirty-two finds is great. You want to find those sources [of inflow and infiltration]. It's important to find them and eliminate them."

Greek said that eliminating the most critical sources of inflow into the city's wastewater system could likely mean the difference in the city being able to maintain the current lagoon system as opposed to having to build a $4 million treatment plant.

Another issue Greek brought up was the use of sump pumps.

"It's okay for residents to have sump pumps in their basements," he said. "It's not okay to have them discharged to the sewer."

Greek said that smoke coming from basements during testing was an indicator of a sump pump that was connected to the city's wastewater system.

"Personally, I believe a vast majority of the I&I is on the private side," Greek said.

As for the city's wastewater pipes, Greek said that the camera video revealed a few smaller issues, but those could be easily remedied.

"There are some broken pipes, but nothing alarming," Greek said. "Once we get all of the data together, you will prioritize and spend money on the most critical issues."

Aldermen also approved hiring Westrum Leak Detection, of Stratford, Iowa, to locate leaks in the city's water system.

In other business, Carolyn Hutchens approached aldermen about the possibility of having holiday decorations on light poles around the city.

Hutchens went on to note that if area businesses donated money to fund the project, that Purdy High School ag instructor David Mareth had indicated his class could build the decorations as a project. Hutchens presented a simple snowflake design for consideration.

Aldermen urged Hutchens to check with Empire District Electric for permission to have the decorations placed on their poles and for appropriate low-voltage outlets to light them.

Aldermen tentatively approved the plan pending an agreement with Empire and enough donations to purchase materials for the manufacture of the decorations.

In his report to aldermen, Ted McIntire noted that water efficiency was down to 75 percent. McIntire also reported finding a leak at Highway C near Highway 97 over the weekend and indicated that workers would be making repairs this week.

In addition to his regular duties, McIntire reported installing two barbecue grills at the city park and rebuilding two park benches. Workers also installed three new street signs in town and trimmed brush from two alleyways.

According to Chief of Police Jackie Lowe, the department had a busy month of August.

Lowe reported that officers were called out Aug. 6 to 800 Washington Street in reference to dogs running loose and chasing pedestrians. The owner of the animals was informed of the city's leash law and that animals could be impounded if they were reported running loose again.

Officers also responded to Purdy Car Wash on Aug. 8 for a reported burglary. Thieves pried open one of the vending machines and took an unknown amount of money. Suspects also tried to pry open the coin boxes inside the wash bays but were unsuccessful. That case remains under investigation.

Barry County Sheriff's Department responded to a burglary at the Purdy Road District Barn on Aug. 13. According to the report, suspects forced open the door of the building and turned the pumps to the outside gas tanks on. Thieves made off with several hundred gallons of diesel and gasoline from the outside tanks. That case remains under investigation.

A case of road rage that started in Cassville ended at City Hall in Purdy on Aug. 20. The incident began at Roaring River State Park on Highway 112 when a woman driving a car pulled into the path of a man riding a motorcycle and nearly caused an accident. The operator of the motorcycle reportedly chased the woman to Purdy, where she pulled in at City Hall seeking assistance. Although there was a heated verbal exchange between the parties involved, no charges were filed.

Lowe also reported that he was seeking a $10,000 grant to purchase equipment, a bullet-resistant vest, raincoats with police insignia and LED flashlights. He told aldermen he would hear in January if the department had been awarded the grant.

The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11 at City Hall.

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