Pierce City aldermen approved the appointment of Melissa Creed to fill the Ward 3 seat recently vacated by Larry Bartkoski, who resigned after aldermen voted to move the meeting dates back to the second Monday of each month. The action was taken during the council's regular October meeting.
Aldermen also approved hiring Pierce City attorney Darlene Parrigon as the city's legal counsel due to the fact that the city's former attorney, Don Trotter, would become the Lawrence County's prosecuting attorney in January.
In his report to the council, Police Chief Mike Abramovitz noted nine calls for the month, which included two assaults, two incidents of stealing, two cases of identity theft and a gas drive-off from a local convenience store.
Pierce City Emergency Management Director Glo Abramovitz submitted a report to aldermen about efforts to organize a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) as well as distribution of Ready in 3 booklets to students at Central Elementary and St. Mary's Catholic School.
Aldermen were pleased with the results of work completed by Westrum Leak Detection, of Stafford, Iowa. A total of three leaks were found in mains, three in service lines and one at a hydrant. The combined total of water loss between the seven leaks is estimated to be 35,000 gallons per day, for a total of $7,600 per year.
In other business, aldermen:
* Agreed to allow Larry and Pat Carver to tap into existing water service lines at their property located in Northwood Fourth Division on Farm Road 1032.
* Approved an ordinance vacating an alley near the Ford Street Addition in Pierce City.
* Approved the purchase of a heating and air conditioning unit for the wastewater treatment plant.
* Tabled action on generator installation at the wastewater treatment plant until further information is received on the submitted bids.
* Noted that work had begun at the park located at the intersection of Highways 37 and 97 in Pierce City.
The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at City Hall.