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Plans for police memorial reviewed at city council meeting in Pierce City

Thursday, September 15, 2011

During the September meeting, Pierce City aldermen heard that members of the Harold Bell Wright Museum Board are working to obtain photos and information on the five Pierce City officers that lost their lives in the line of duty.

A memorial for the officers will be displayed in the old jail on the museum property at 404 Walnut St. when it is completed.

Mayor Allen Stockton told aldermen of a plan to reduce the number of potential worker's compensation days by adding two additional personal days to employee calenders. The two days will be accrued over the course of the 2012 calendar year.

The following year, beginning January 2013, employees who do not incur a lost-time accident will receive the two days as part of their benefits package. Any city employee who does incur a lost-time accident because they failed to utilize city-issued protective gear and equipment will lose the two additional days.

Stockton said a safety course will also be offered to city employees next summer.

Aldermen approved the plan.

Council members also approved initiating a no tobacco policy for all city buildings and vehicles.

Aldermen Scott Wahl, John Archer, Cory Sooter, Kenny Smith, Melissa Creed and Dana Stanphill approved the move with Brian Jones offering the only dissenting vote.

In other business, aldermen approved paying Pierce City firefighters a flat rate of $3 per call for responding to emergencies and one training exercise a month. The move is an effort to eliminate volunteer firefighters who receive a quarterly stipend but who do not attend meetings or respond to calls.

A new call log will be put into place at the Fire Department and firefighters will have to document each time they respond to an emergency.

Other city workers will also be utilizing new time sheets that itemize their daily accomplishments. These sheets will be put into city vehicles for employees to document their work in a timely manner.

Stockton told council members it was necessary to address the issues on Short Street from Commercial to Adams.

"We need to get a bid on the cost of laying asphalt," he said. "We may need to break it up into sections and do some of it this year and some of it next year."

Stockton requested City Clerk Julie Johnson obtain bids from local vendors for the project, which would include the vendors doing the prep work for the paving.

Once completed, the road work would prevent gravel and rocks washed out by storm water from collecting at the fire station.

Aldermen approved the purchase of a meter for well #3 from Water Products in the amount of $1,897.31.

"I've pulled out the meter, the flange and everything," Stockton said. "It was like we were trying to use Chevy parts with Cadillac parts, and it wasn't working. We just need to replace the whole thing."

Three Pierce City residents had requested trash fees be removed from their monthly utility bill with the reasoning "they recycled everything" or took their trash out of town for disposal.

Aldermen reached the consensus that every city resident who receives a water bill will also receive a trash bill. The move is to ensure residents don't start piling garbage and refuse in their back yards in an effort to circumvent the fee.

Aldermen Wahl, Jones, Archer, Sooter, Smith and Creed approved the measure, with Dana Stanphill abstaining from the vote.

In other business, aldermen:

* Approved the purchase of radios and batteries for the fire department in the amount of $2,095.

* Approved a generator payment in the amount of $2.500.

* Approved increasing Stockton's fuel allowance from $25 per month to $25 per week.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at City Hall.

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