The Monett City Council approved a memorandum of understanding in support of Cox Monett Hospital at the October council meeting.
According to City Administrator Dennis Pyle, the memorandum was part of local support requested under the new federal Healthcare Reform Act.
"We have to sign off for Cox to get drugs at a reduced cost," said Mayor Jim Orr. "We recognize they take care of all who walk in."
On other financial matters council members approved purchase of a mini-excavator, which will be used at the cemeteries. Cemetery Superintendent Russ Balmas said the new unit is lighter and more efficient than older models and can be used elsewhere as needed.
The excavator had less than 1,000 hours of use and was available at a used price of $29,800, compared to a new model for around $60,000. The city made the purchase from Fabick, of Joplin.
The council gave final approval to an amendment to the city code on animal abuse and neglect.
"We're just inserting the word 'beat' into it," said Mayor Jim Orr. "Now you can't beat your dogs, cats or your chickens."
No public comment was offered on new sections to the city code regulating plumbers. One raised the bond for a plumber's license from $1,000 to $5,000. No particular incident prompted the change. Pyle said the $1,000 bond had been on the books for a number of years.
"If the city was going to be compensated, $1,000 is not going to go very far. Five thousand dollars was thought to be appropriate," Pyle said.
No comment was offered on a new section to the code about contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
"Anyone over 17 who does anything contributing to the delinquency of a minor will be charged with that," said Police Chief Tim Schweder.
A new ordinance prohibiting parking of a bus, truck, trailer, tractor trailer, road machinery or other comparable heavy equipment on residential streets prompted Commissioner Mike Brownsberger to ask for elaboration.
Pyle said an over-the-road driver can park his tractor in his driveway or elsewhere in town. The restriction would keep such vehicles off of streets in single or multi-family zoned areas. Pyle said owners generally make arrangements elsewhere in town to park rigs at businesses or in lots if parking in a driveway is not practical.
Public comment was scheduled for the Nov. 19 monthly meeting. Final action on the plumbing and delinquency ordinances was scheduled for the November session.
Orr said the council was considering leasing the Monett Community Building to the Workforce Investment Board for use by the Missouri Career Center. A major renovation of the Community Center was under consideration.
|"The building is in need of repair anyway," Orr said.||Improvements would include the parking lot and making classroom space available in the western half of the building.|
Fire Chief Tom Jones said the emergency exercise held at the airport simulating the response to a plane crash had gone well, revealing "a few things to work on." Jones said both Barry and Lawrence County agencies were invited to participate but declined.
Commissioner Jerry Dierker said crews for the Water Department were proceeding steadily installing mains for the water system upgrade. They were approaching the start of running the 10-inch water main from Eisenhower to the #12 well at North Park. Within two weeks a bore would be run under Highway 37 to the north.
Balmas said the Sanitation Department would begin loose leaf collections on the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Street crews were working on cart paths on the west side of the golf course. Paths on the east side had already been resealed.
Municipal Court Clerk Mechele Tharp said the volume of court cases has been roughly comparable to last year.
An application for funding has been made for the fourth phase of the Greenways Trail, Pyle said. A presentation would be made to a review committee on Nov. 3. There were 27 applications requesting a total $5 million in funding competing for the $1.9 million available.
Crime Stoppers Chairman John Strong said the organization would be distributing bags of fun literature for children that will help promote the tips and reward program.