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Monett City Council talks about code changes

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Monett City Council introduced new regulations during its September monthly meeting on Monday.

Two ordinances were introduced on plumbing licenses. One established a high surety bond for working around city utilities. Other ordinances require companies to repair city streets from cuts made to repair water or sewer lines. Building Superintendent Wade Ennes requested a bond of $5,000, up from $1,000, to cover current costs for damaging water or sewer mains while digging.

The second ordinance would give the city the authority to take a plumber to court for conducting his trade without a city license. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the city has required plumbing licenses for years but had no penalty on the books for those who did not comply.

Second reading and public discussion on these ordinances are scheduled for the next monthly meeting on Oct. 20.

A new ordinances was introduced at the recommendation of Police Chief Tim Schweder that would make it a misdemeanor to contribute to the delinquency of a minor. Schweder said other towns had ordinances making it a criminal offense to contribute to delinquent activity by a minor. Schweder supplied examples of ordinances used by other towns to City Attorney Amy Boxx. Officers also supported establishing a penalty for the growing problem of individuals involved with minors in violation of city ordinances.

Under the proposal, anyone over age 17 who causes or permits the life of a minor to be endangered, injured or placed in a position where a crime is committed will be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Second reading and public comment are scheduled for Oct. 20.

Other ordinance action

Public comment was accepted on a proposed ordinance pertaining animal neglect. The new regulation adds language that would prohibit beating any domestic animal. No input was offered. Final passage is scheduled for Oct. 20.

An ordinance expanding the emergency management authority was adopted. Definitions in the old ordinance focused on civil defense in the event of an enemy attack. The revised ordinance detailed cases where the mayor may declare an emergency after a disaster, such as a tornado, flood, building collapse or an act of terrorism.

Under the new authorization, the mayor would be able to exercise emergency powers for a limited time, subject to revocation by the city council. Emergency powers could also be extended by the council.

Contracts awarded

Council members agreed to sign a contract with the law firm of Gilmore and Bell to act as legal counsel on the Recovery Zone Bonds being used to add water mains for a future treatment plant. Pyle said Gilmore and Bell will handle the required forms with the federal government to meet specific regulations and will file forms enabling the city to get a subsidy on interest rates for the bonds. Estimated cost for the service was $800 a year.

The council agreed to continue participation in the Southwest Missouri DWI Task Force at the recommendation of the Monett Police Department. The agreement commits the city to provide officers to help other towns in drunk driving enforcement efforts, and to receive assistance from other task force members for local enforcement.

Participation in the task force is funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, which pays for officers' overtime and extra police in a specific enforcement effort. The agreement asked the city to make a dedicated attempt to continue supporting the traffic safety effort when grant funding was no longer available.

Miscellaneous action

Council members accepted a deed of dedication turning the frontage road north of the McDonald's and Braum's restaurants over to the city. First built in 1984, the street had remained part of the McDonald's property even though a perpetual easement for the road from Plaza Drive to the west end of the McDonald's lot existed.

Under the new agreement, the city will own the street and continue to maintain it.

Max and Dan Easley requested rezoning the land they own east of the Miracle Recreation Equipment factory on County Road. The Planning and Zoning Commissioner recommended the change from commercial to industrial use, which fits the adjacent properties. Council members heard no objections and approved the change.

Changes were made in parking space commitments for the city-owned lot across from city hall. MEA Financial was released from its lot lease, having moved to a new location at Second and East Broadway. A number of parking spaces were subsequently reassigned to The CPA Group, which also leases the lot.

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