City department heads discussed a wide range of activities undertaken by employees during the past month at the October Monett City Council meeting.
Police Chief Tim Schweder said fall landscaping was underway at the Justice Center by the cemetery department crew. More plants are being added.
Mayor Jim Orr said he had ordered the repainting of the portico at the Justice Center. The original plan had called for a deeper blue than the final color. He hoped the latest version would be more attractive.
Schweder added that Animal Control Officer Alicia Graves had tendered her resignation, effective at the end of October. Advertisement had been posted for a replacement.
Vandalism incidents had created concern around a construction site where the street department was working. Windows had been broken out on a private backhoe. Caps on the diesel tanks for city vehicles were removed but recovered nearby.
Street Department Superintendent Russ Balmas said his crews began bringing their equipment back to the barn after that. Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch reported some fire hydrants had been painted with graffiti.
Building Inspector Wade Ennes said work was nearing completion on the Monett Community Church and Monett Elementary School. Footings being poured for the new Monett Area YMCA building required inspection. Residential projects appeared to be limited to several garages and additions to existing buildings, Ennes said.
According to Mechele Tharp, municipal court clerk, the property violation case involving the former Hatcher's Cafe building had resulted in a guilty verdict in the city court. The owner has appealed part of the ruling to Barry County Circuit Court.
Rauch said electric department crews had been busy laying several miles of fiber optics lines, mostly on the south end of town. Work replacing utility poles was continuing.
Water department crews worked with the team from Westrum Leak Detection, from Stratford, Iowa. Several major undetected leaks were found, including one in the 200 block of Fourth Street that was draining about 120 gallons a minute into a storm sewer.
By the North Park, crews were putting in pipes for the booster system. Rauch expected the booster pump to arrive in mid-November.