Returning incumbents and new aldermen were given the oath of office at the April 11 meeting of the Pierce City Council.
New members include Kenny Smith, representing Ward I, and Dana Stanphill, representing Ward 3 for a one-year term. Remaining board members are: Brian Jones, Ward 2; Melissa Creed, Ward 3, a two-year term; Brandon Raley, Ward 4, a two-year term; and Cory Sooter, Ward 4, a one-year term.
Mayor Allen Stockton requested aldermen consider getting rid of the older patrol vehicle, stating "it's nickle and diming us to death."
Stockton had Police Chief Mike Abramovitz give a brief run down of the vehicle's issues and reliability.
"I can't make any promises," Stockton told Abramo-vitz. "Eventually, we'll see something [done about] that."
Stockton reported that public works employees wayne Sooter and Jeff Litchey were continuing a meter change-out program as time permits.
"There's mowing and other jobs that are keeping them kind of busy this year, such as leak repair," Stockton said. "We also need to see about selling the Kubota mower. It's been rolled, rode into the pond. It's a death trap."
The city will accept sealed bids on the unit.
City officials are also offering an old safe through bid. It is currently stored in the garage at City Hall and may be seen during regular business hours.
Aldermen approved hiring Larry Noble to brush hog a city property on Pine Street, the grounds around well #4 and the treatment plant. Cost of that service is $25 per hour.
Stockton appointed a committee to review seven applications from engineering firms wanting to work on the city's wastewater project.
He requested aldermen Scott Wahl and Brian Jones, Kristina Hartley, technical assistance provider with Midwest Assistance Program, City Clerk Julie Johnson and Jeff Riekhof, of Clearwater Environmental LLC of Springfield, be appointed to the committee to narrow the field to three applicants and make a suggestion of their findings to council.
Aldermen are seeking donations of land to move the Frisco caboose, which is currently located next to Casey's General Store on Commercial Street in Pierce City.
The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of aldermen will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at City Hall.