Thanks to an enterprising young businesswoman Pierce City will have a Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays beginning June 4.
Polly McCrillis reported to Pierce City aldermen about her progress on obtaining information and county requirements for the venture, which is also regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Farmer's Market will be set up on the four empty lots that formerly housed Friendly Supply on the north side of Commercial Street. Suzy Fly, owner of an adjacent unoccupied lot, has also givn permission for vendors to use the property.
"I'm glad to see it coming," said Mayor Allen Stockton.
In other business, aldermen approved a request from Donna Thurston for reimbursement of a portion of the costs associated with car damage during the recent flooding of the downtown area.
Thurston said the manhole cover on Main Street had floated away, and as she drove her vehicle through the water-covered roadway, her tire dropped into the unprotected hole. Cost of the damage was $240.
Aldermen also approved purchasing new narrow band radios for the fire department. the new equipment will meet Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandates for emergency personnel radio frequencies, which take effect in June. Cost of the radios and a base station is approximately $2,400.
Stockton made yearly appointments for council members and city boards.
Julie Johnson retains her positions as city clerk and court clerk. Mike Abramovitz was re-appointed Police Chief with the added duties of city collector, zoning inspector and building inspector. Andy Hogenmiller was re-appointed fire chief and named to the board of adjustment. Darlene Parrigon was appointed city attorney. Cory Sooter was named mayor pro tem. Glo Abramovitz was named emergency management director, with Shelly Yonker as her assistant director. David Jones and Brian Jones were appointed to the planning and zoning board.
Museum board members were also appointed as follows: Amy Raley, Molly Dyke and Glo Abramovitz, whose terms end in 2014; Julie Garner and Maura Sparks, whose terms end in 2012; and Murray Bishoff, whose term ends in 2013.
Aldermen unaminously approved Anderson Engineering, headquartered in Springfield, to engineer the wastewater treatment plant improvements. The company was chosen from three finalists that included Allgeier, Martin and Associates, Inc., and Simmons Engineering Company.
Blue Water Pools has been hired to repair the municipal swimming pool, which is not expected to open until July. The shortened season is tentatively expected to begin July 4 and continue through Aug. 14.
The Monett YMCA has been contracted to provide lifeguard services. Hours of operation at the pool will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost of the contract with the YMCA is $4,000.
Bids for the old safe and Kubota lawn mower were opened at the meeting with Kenneth Wrobleski winning the bid for the safe at $210 and Ed Witt taking the Kubota for $707.07.
A new generator has been installed and put online at the wastewater treatment plant. Cost of the unit is $27,173. Aldermen approved direct payment of $7,173 and approved borrowing the remaining $20,000 at a 4 percent interest rate.
Johnson announced that Dr. Melvin and Mrs. Cheryl Hodde had donated land adjacent to City Hall for placement of the Frisco caboose, currently located east of Casey's General Store. Aldermen are seeking solutions to the logistical problems of relocating the caboose.
In final business, Alderman Kenny Smith requested the council adopt the practice of holding prayer before council meetings. The request was unanimously approved.