Monett city employees reported at the July Monett City Council meeting that departments have been busy during the past month.
Police Lieutenant Greg Brandsma said officers are responding to a larger number of incidents during summer months. Brandsma attributed the hot weather with contributing to people staying indoors and getting on each other's nerves. Municipal Court Clerk Mechele Tharp said court cases were up and so were revenues from fines.
Airport Superintendent Howard Frazier reported the runway regulator which turns the lights on and off had broken. Like a number of operations at the airport, the regulator was old and parts were no longer available. Frazier installed a new regulator and radio to resume service.
Street Superintendent Russ Balmas said his crews were busy laying chip and seal on specific streets. He encouraged motorists to take alternative routes where they see trucks and lights. A street sweeper would follow work crews at the end of the week to gather excess rock. Balmas expected resurfacing work would take about a month.
Building Inspector Wade Ennes said he had nearly completed finalizing plans for the new Monett Area YMCA. He had also been working with Drury University on changes to the former First United Methodist Church education wing to serve as the university's new temporary campus.
Residential construction remained slow, Ennes said, though the number of additions and changes requiring permits had kept his office busy. Assistant Building Inspector Jeff Brattin presently is working on 33 properties over maintenance issues.
Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch reported there would be two polling places for the election on Aug. 2 to authorize revenue bonds to build a new water treatment plant.
Water department crews had finishing connecting the new loop from the east side of the city to the loop across the north under Highway H. Crews had also started preliminary work on electricity and plumbing for the well house for the well located on the Jack Henry and Associates campus. Sewer crews had returned to the Vactor truck to clean lines and take more video of mains looking for cracks and other problems.
Electric crews had set a new 1,000 KVA transformer at Monett Elementary School to serve the new addition.
Rauch was pleased to report the old PCB building, used to confine electric parts with the hazardous PCB chemicals, had been removed. The building was the last part of the old pole yard at South Park to be removed. Tests confirmed the building had no asbestos, contrary to earlier concerns, and could simply be removed.
Other community leaders provided input on their services. John Strong said Crime Stoppers was looking for new board members. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzy McElmurry said a downtown sidewalk sale would be held in conjunction with the sales tax holiday on the weekend of Aug. 5.