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Monett city employees report on recent projects

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

David Sims, wastewater chief operator, at right, received a certificate of service and a pin for 30 years with the City of Monett. Utilities Commissioner Jerry Dierker, at left, made the presentation. Sims said many changes have taken place at the waste treatment plant during his tenure. "The water quality just keeps getting better," Sims said. "Overall, its been fun." Mayor Jim Orr commended Sims for his dedication. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Monett City Council members heard reports from city employees about a wide range of activities during the January meeting.

Police Chief Tim Schweder said he has openings for two officers. He plans to test candidates in the end of February.

No objections had come from AT and T over the city's request for access to the database for its 911 city for an audit. Dispatching supervisor Bonnie Witt-Schulte hoped to begin downloading information for an audit of the system by OnPoint beginning on Jan. 23.

Witt-Schulte said work continues updating radios to the new narrow band designation.

Parks Superintendent Russ Balmas said his crews had taken advantage of mild weather to place new lights by the entrance at South Park, providing greater illumination. Crews poured a concrete pad at North Park for a new basketball goal and continued work replacing asphalt cart paths with concrete at the golf course.

Aaron Burdett, foreman for the electric department, said his team has replaced old copper power lines in town and set the electric main for the new Monett Area YMCA building.

Storage facilities for the Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Lights displays have reached capacity. Burdett said he would like to pour a pad at the utilities warehouse and store all the displays and their wiring in trailers behind the warehouse's security fence. No major theft took place on the displays this year, he said.

Water department crews continue to lay mains for the system extension near Chapell Drive, said Steve Roden, water department foreman. Crews repaired four main breaks in the past month, less than usual due to the mild winter. A leaking hydrant on the southeast corner of Fifth Street and Bond has been replaced.

Roden said crews installed another 50 meters that can be read using radio equipment. According to Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch, all the city's electric meters have been replaced with the radio-read versions. Around 80 percent of water meter customers have the new meters. The final 20 percent should be in place in another year.

The city's water well at the #1 well by the reservoir west of Seventh Street went out of service, possibly due to a locked pump. The well house being built for the #21 well on the Jack Henry and Associates campus has begun taking shape, Roden reported.

Building Inspector Wade Ennes said he heard from a contractor exploring construction of a new product storage site for the Frito Lay company, which has used a private storage unit of late. Assistant Inspector Jeff Brattin issued code violation citations on 32 properties, which he hopes to resolve.

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