Pierce City aldermen debated the best course of action for street projects during the coming weeks -- paving new streets or maintaining those already paved.
Mayor Allen Stockton and aldermen discussed a number of streets in town that need repair or chip-and-seal resurfacing as well as those areas that need major work to prevent gravel washing onto streets and yards.
Stockton said if done correctly, chip and seal will last a long time and recommended having portions of streets known to wash rock and gravel into yards sealed to prevent further incidents during heavy stormwater run-off.
Aldermen also recommended a number of streets needing minor repairs throughout the city. Stockton asked aldermen to drive through town and make a list of high priority areas. A list will be determined based on the amount of funding available for projects this year.
Hospice services reviewed
Dorothy Blinzler, volunteer coordinator with Hospice Compassus in Monett, addressed aldermen concerning what Hospice Compassus does for patients and families, as well as asking them to be the ears and eyes for eligible clients in the Pierce City area.
"Hospice is not about dying," Blinzler said. "It's about the quality of life of a person diagnosed with a terminal illness."
Blinzler went on to note the many services available through the organization, including the Dream Team, which helps in fulfilling lifetime wishes to patients in their final months or weeks.
"It's a good organization," said Stockton. "I didn't realize it was that far reaching."
Blinzler stated that there was a need for additional volunteers, who were only required to work as little as 15 minutes a month.
"That might include visits to veterans, visiting families, writing cards of encouragement to patients and their families, or just visiting with people," she said. "We also have a group of volunteers who do what we call Angel Watch, and they sit with patients and their families in the last 24 to 48 hours of life to provide support and comfort."
Those interested in volunteering may contact Blinzler at 235-9097.
In other business, Stockton and aldermen reviewed some proposed changes to the bylaws and the addition of some guidelines for board members of the Harold Bell Wright Museum.
Guidelines include the secretary provide minutes of each meeting to City Hall; no one should have keys to the facility except for the curator and board president; no funds from the museum account may be spent unless voted on by the board and the expenditure is included in the minutes; all money donated to the museum must be turned over to City Hall to be deposited in the museum's account; and all supplies for the facility should be submitted to City Hall on a designated request form.
Blue Water Pools has been contracted to make repairs to the Pierce City Pool. The scope of work includes converting the existing pump and surge tank area into a surge pit. Cost of the project is $8,000. Work will be completed next week and the anticipated opening of the pool will be the first week of July.
Aldermen also approved issuing Dollar General Store a liquor license for package sales.
That brings the total of establishments selling package liquor to four: Casey's General Store, Thompson's Family Drug, Town and Country Supermarket and Dollar General.
Aldermen then discussed implementing an ordinance to restrict the number of establishments that are allowed to sell packaged liquor.
In related action, aldermen approved an ordinance prohibiting drunk and disorderly conduct in public places.
In old business, aldermen requested an update on action taken at 402 N. Walnut St. in Pierce City. Condemnation proceedings were undertaken a year ago, and in August aldermen approved allowing property owner, Lester Morris Sr., time to make repairs and make the residence habitable.
At the December meeting of council, Morris requested an additional 90 days to work on the building. According to a report from Police Chief and Building Inspector Mike Abramovitz, no action has been taken since, which would have taken the allowable time restrictions into March of this year.
Aldermen voted at their June meeting to proceed with condemnation actions after conferring with City Attorney Darlene Parrigon. Opposing the measure were Aldermen Brian Jones, and Cory Sooter. Alderman Brandon Raley abstained from voting.
Aldermen also spoke of beginning enforcement of ordinances concerning dilapidated houses in the city. Owners are asked to either board up open windows and doors or demolish uninhabitable buildings so children can't enter unsafe structures and possibly sustain injury.
The next regular meeting of the Pierce City board of aldermen will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 11 at City Hall.