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City crews busy on many projects

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Downtown Monett at dusk.
City department heads updated Monett City Council members on their latest activities during the December monthly meeting.

Street and Sanitation Superintendent Russ Balmas reported his crews had completed work upgrading three cart paths from asphalt to wider concrete trails at the Windmill Ridge municipal course. Sanitation crews would begin loose leaf collections around town on Nov. 29. Snow removal equipment had been taken from storage and placed on trucks for the winter.

Building Inspector Wade Ennes reported 47 properties had been brought into compliance with city codes since May. Notices have been issued on another 34 properties. Eight properties have cases pending in municipal court.

A permit has been issued to build a new single family home in the Atwell Acres subdivision. Other major activity of late includes rebuilding of the Pizza Hut restaurant and work on the new Monett Community Church building.

Mayor Jim Orr commended Police Chief Tim Schweder on the new animal control vehicle. Schweder said the old vehicle's slide-in unit has been placed up for bid on the city's website and several have shown interest. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the old vehicle's chassis has been given to the street department for another vehicle.Schweder said the investigation into recent car thefts from two local lots would continue. The incident showed that taking the front seat out of a car did not guarantee thieves would not steal it, Schweder said. One stolen car had no driver's seat. Officers recovered it and found a bucket placed as a substitute seat behind the steering wheel.

Commissioner Jerry Dierker reported for Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch that water department crews would begin boring under Highway 37 at Eisenhower in the near future.

Crews would continue installing mains for the water system upgrade along the north side of Highway 37 on state right-of-way and on Rauch's property, then proceed across Doug Wallner's land to the North Park. The line will run east from the park, across the IMEC property and the undeveloped subdivision land owned by Jim Lemon, for which land negotiations continued. The line will link the another section on Chapell Drive.

Dierker said Rauch is looking at placing a pump station in North Park as part of the water system expansion. The pump would boost water pressure along the new loop.

Orr said traffic signals on Broadway would stay active longer in the evening. Lights would switch to blinking at 9 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Downtown Coordinator DJ Miller said committee meetings on the downtown revitalization effort had stopped until the contract for the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) was finalized.

Having heard the introductory presentation by the DREAM coordinators, Pyle said the chamber and the Downtown Betterment Group wanted to work closely with DREAM to refine the Vision 2030 plan to have uniform support behind the action taken. Funding to support DREAM had been set aside in various state programs, which the city would seek to access.

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