The Monett City Council is considering a new regulation restricting the location of recreational vehicles and dependent mobile homes.
At the December council meeting on Monday, a new version of the ordinance on the location of mobile homes was introduced. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said Building Inspector Wade Ennes had discovered the existing ordinance would allow an RV to be placed on a vacant lot and operated as a residence.
Under the proposed ordinance, RVs will have to be parked in the rear yard or in the rear portion of a lot adjacent to the owner's residence. Stand-alone units will have to be placed in a fully enclosed building.
Second reading and public discussion of the ordinance was scheduled for the next monthly meeting on Jan. 20, 2011.
The new ordinance restricting the placement of a bus, trailer, tractor trailer or road machinery in residential districts received final passage without discussion.
Council members voted to appoint Michael Garrett for an additional two years as municipal court judge. Commissioner Mike Brownsberger, presiding at the meeting in the absence of Mayor Jim Orr, said Garrett had agreed to serve a second stint of two years.
Two vacancies on the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission will open at the end of the year. All TIF commissioners now serve on a set term with staggered expirations. Patti Holt and John Bruner, whose terms end with the beginning of 2011, have agreed to continue their service, Pyle said. Both were reappointed to serve four more years.
Council members passed a resolution approving continued participation in the Southwest Missouri DWI Task Force. The arrangement offers mutual aid for concentrated efforts to identify impaired drivers through traffic stops in specific towns. The agreement included no specific timetable requiring future renewal.
The city's two-year contract with Sprenkle and Associates for engineering services had concluded. Taking advantage of the option to continue services, council members voted to extend the deal for another two years.
Bids received to replace digital recording equipment for the dispatching service were rejected at the request of Dispatching Supervisor Bonnie Witt-Schulte. The dispatching service has two digital recorders to document all 911, radio and telephone traffic, both into and out of the Justice Center.
The old units, purchased in 2001 for around $16,000, are no longer made. Parts are not available and one has broken down, requiring the use of a loaner unit. Bids for replacements from four vendors came in between $20,000 and $28,000, running $10,000 over what Witt-Schulte had budgeted. She planned to review the quotes to find a way to reduce costs and advertise again.
Bills were paid totaling $1,830,201.96. The largest bills included $952,880.27 to Empire District Electric for wholesale electricity; $50,000 to Ed Laubinger Excavating and $21,000 to Kenny Singer Construction for work on the west lift station; $21,000 to Seven Valleys Construction for the water line bore under Highway 37 for the water main extension project; $43,000 to C Biz Insurance for the quarterly payment on liability insurance; and $271,000 to Wells Fargo as payment on the Justice Center construction debt.
Police Chief Tim Schweder and Parks Superintendent Russ Balmas confirmed that vandals had taken parts of the Festival of Lights exhibit at South Park for the first time. A Christmas tree near the lake and several small lighted chickens from the Tyson Foods display were missing.
Balmas said vandals also broke into the concession stand by the soccer fields. A pop machine was turned over and other equipment damaged. Balmas was looking at installing security doors that would prevent future access.
Any information about the vandalism or the location of the missing displays can be called into the Crime Stoppers tip line at 354-TIPS (8477).
Witt-Schulte reported the Barry County Emergency Management office had moved into the Justice Center basement. An open house will be held to show how the operation is working.
Balmas reported street department crews had returned to Cleveland to fix a number of soft spots that developed under the asphalt. Amazing Paint and DB Graphics had collaborated in repainting the Frisco caboose at South Park.
Fire Chief Tom Jones reported firefighters had battled a structure fire on Miller Way in Monett on Saturday.