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Pierce City aldermen hear reports on latest wastewater problems

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pierce City aldermen discussed the latest maintenance issues with the city's sewer system during the September monthly meeting.

Jeff Riekhof of Clearwater Environmental submitted a written report to aldermen concerning clean-up efforts and progress made at the wastewater treatment plant since taking over operations on Aug. 4.

Riekhof noted that pump #1 at the Adams Street lift station was not working, and when he inspected it, he determined that the pump had undergone a rebuild and had been re-installed but never turned on. After starting the pump, it has worked properly for the remainder of the month.

The Monroe lift station also had a pump issue, and Riekhof found that the unit was clogged with rags and the pump was leaking oil. He cleared the debris from the unit and ordered a new set of cutting heads to be installed, which will reduce potential for problems with rags.

Riekhof also informed the council of his intention to set up a time with the Pierce City fire chief to flush out all the lift stations in the next few weeks.

Stockton stated that one bid had been received for a new generator at the wastewater plant and advised council that this is a project he would like to see completed before cold weather.

Property cleanup

Pierce City aldermen looked to the owner of a property at 402 N. Walnut, Lester Morris, for action he has taken in the past 30 days to prevent the city from pursuing condemnation proceedings at their regular meeting Sept. 9.

According to Alderman Brandon Raley, Morris is making effort to clear the building out before he takes two rooms off the north side of the structure.

Mayor Allen Stockton has requested another update in 30 days.

Emergency management

Glo Abramovitz, emergency management director for Pierce City, distributed information to aldermen on the Ready in 3 program, which helps to prepare citizens to be self-sufficient in times of disaster.

Abramovitz also updated aldermen that training for National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 100 and 200 had been completed by most of the city's emergency personnel.

Abramovitz also asked city officials to make sure that Lawrence County 911 Center sound the sirens at noon on the first Monday of the month for testing purposes.

Administrative action

In other business, Stockton announced that the members of the Harold Bell Wright Museum Board were out of compliance on terms. In an effort to rectify the situation, Stockton has named Betty Bierkortte, Hollis Webb and Kaye Smith to one-year terms, expiring in May 2011; Jay Bierkortte, Carmen Archer and Pat Chapman to two-year terms, expiring in May 2012; and David H. Jones, Ronnie Landoll and Jack George to three-year terms, expiring in May 2013.

The museum board now has five members from inside the city limits and four members from outside the city limits.

Aldermen have approved moving the monthly city council meeting to 7 p.m. on the second Monday night of the month beginning Oct. 11.

In old business, Julie Johnson, city clerk, advised board members that she was seeking a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for an enhancement project at the Historic Pierce City Park located at the junction of Highways 97 and 37.

Johnson said the deadline for the grant was Sept. 23, and she will present more information at next month's council meeting if the city were awarded funds.

The next meeting of the Pierce City Council will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11 at City Hall.



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