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Purdy city officials deal with dogs, water leaks

Friday, November 12, 2010

It was a busy month of October for city employees in Purdy as officials in various departments chased down either water leaks or dogs.

Purdy's Public Works Department reported repairing three of four leaks located in the city for the month, according to Ted McIntire, department supervisor. He told council members that department workers replaced or repaired 15 heads at the east lagoon.

McIntire also advised aldermen that officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources had been in during the month to inspect the system, and that it "was in good shape."

Public works employees took advantage of October's clear weather to smoke test another wastewater line in the city. Workers also spent time hauling off truckloads of dirt and brush in October.

Another vicious dog was put down by police officials in October.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe told aldermen that neighbors had complained about a pit bull running at large. It was determined that the owner of the animal, who lived at 206 Kay St., had moved and left the animal behind after it bit her. Officers were able to pen the animal, which was later destroyed due to its vicious nature. Charges against the former owner of the animal are pending.

Pit bull complaints also came from neighbors on Crittenden Street. Officers advised the owner of the city's ordinance against keeping the animals inside the city limits.

Another incident involving dogs running at large occurred in the 400 block of Jefferson Street. Neighbors there complained that the animal had torn open a bag of trash and scattered it across the lawn. The dog's owner, who reportedly lives on Commercial Street, subsequently secured the animal and cleaned up the mess before officers arrived.

In other reports, Lowe told aldermen that, for the third month in a row, Stanphill Sanitation has reported a fire in their sanitation truck due to meth lab trash. The contents of the lab were turned over to the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, and following a subsequent investigation, one person was arrested in the matter.

Lowe also told aldermen that he had purchased equipment to assist citizens locked out of their vehicles after a Ramey customer inadvertently locked her toddler in her vehicle. Lowe said that he obtained assistance from Cassville Police Department to resolve the matter, and the vehicle was safely opened.

The next meeting of the Purdy City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at City Hall.



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