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Monett council solidifies grant agreement

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Monett City Council took action to approve a grant arrangement to assist downtown at its August monthly meeting.

An ordinance was adopted approving a letter of agreement with the Missouri Main Street Connection and the Monett Main Street Committee. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said a grant had been approved between the Main Street state organization and the partnership between the city, the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Betterment Committee.

Under terms of the grant, the Main Street program provided 60 percent of the $23,500 grant. Pyle said the local match of $9,400 from the partnership was already in a joint account. The state organization would provide extensive on-site technical training and assistance along the lines of Main Street's four-point approach for revitalization.

The local Main Street committee met on Aug. 15 to approve their part of the match. Council action completed the authorization.

Council members accepted the results from the Aug. 2 election on $12 million in revenue bonds to build the new water treatment plant. The certified vote was 61-14 in Barry County and 84-12 in Lawrence County for an 85 percent approval rate.

"We had a big turnout," joked Mayor Jim Orr.

Council members selected Morris and Son as the low bidder to demolish a house at 310 County Rd. that had become city property. Bids ranged from $4,334 to a high bid of $5,140.

Garage sale duration

Council members heard no questions from the public about the proposed increase in the duration of garage sales from two to three days.

"We had several calls to the police station asking if they could get a three-day permit," Orr said. "We only had a two-day permit available. We thought that it was time in these economic times to extend it to three days."

Final passage is scheduled for the Sept. 20 meeting.

Council members readopted the conflict of interest ordinance as mandated by state law. The ordinance is the same one adopted two years ago, said City Clerk Janie Knight.

Bills were paid totaling $1,920,464.10. The major bills included: $1,403,095.64 to Empire District Electric for wholesale electricity; $36,000 to Leo Ellebracht Company for firefighting gear; and $26,000 to Coastal Energy for oil to chip and seal city streets.

Department reports

Russ Balmas, street department superintendent, reported chip and seal resurfacing of city streets has been completed. Work has started building a new pad for storing salt for winter de-icing.

At the park, Balmas said a $7,260 bid has been accepted to paint the Phantom jet veterans memorial at South Park. Crews has started pouring new cart paths in the golf course leading to holes #1, #13 and #14, part of a multi-year effort to upgrade all the paths.

Building Inspector Wade Ennes said the construction permit for the new Monett Area YMCA has been issued. Inspections on the addition at Monett Elementary School came down to the wire but finished on time for school to open as scheduled.

No momentum has developed on new home construction, Ennes said. On the commercial front, Sam Green purchased the land south of the Hartland Lodge and has had earthmoving equipment leveling the property for possible resale.

Jeff Brattin, assistant building inspector, said quite a number of property maintenance cases had been resolved. The number added in the past month dropped from recent months.

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