Reports on work by Monett city crews provided insight on the latest activities around town during the November city council meeting on Monday.
Mayor Jim Orr reported the street department has cleaned up the pole yard at South Park, south of the soccer field. Russ Balmas, street superintendent, said the fuel tank has been removed and donated to the Monett Speedway.
Balmas said street crews were trimming tree limbs around town in advance of winter weather. Crews have started building another cart path at the golf course and started remodeling work at the Community Center. Leaf pickup would begin on Monday.
Electric foreman Aaron Burdett said his crews completed work installing the light displays for the Festival of Lights on Monday, in advance of the Chamber of Commerce's seasonal show that began on Wednesday.
Light displays have been placed in a few different locations this year. Burdett said displays were placed at Sixth and East Broadway, and at the north end of the Centennial Overpass on Broadway. Extra lights were also placed on utility poles at Third, Fourth and Fifth streets.
Water department foreman Steve Roden said installation of the water main loop on the north side of town was between 65 and 75 percent complete. Installation of the 12-inch line had advanced to 17th Street, where a large rock deposit on a hillside had slowed progress.
The motor on the city's #9 well, the largest water producer in the system, has failed. Roden said the unit was last been pulled in 1998 and served the city for over 13 years. A submersible model would replace the old unit and should have the well back in service by Thanksgiving.
Fire Chief Tom Jones said his crews were cutting weeds around hydrants in town and painting faded hydrants.
City Administrator Dennis Pyle said he recently attended a seminar on the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative in Jefferson City. A tax analysis of all the cities in the DREAM program unveiled at the session showed Monett ranked next to the bottom, 38th of 39 cities, for having the highest property tax rate. Monett ranked 33rd in sales tax rates.
As a result, "Monett is the lowest tax entity in DREAM," Pyle said.
For Building Inspector Wade Ennes, Pyle reported 32 property code violations have been currently filed, with four presently in municipal court. A total of 53 cases were resolved during the year.