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Purdy council listens to sanitation proposal

Monday, February 20, 2012

Purdy aldermen heard a presentation from Jim Doty, of Doty Sanitation in Aurora, at their February meeting.

Doty was invited to the council meeting to discuss the city's sanitation needs. He proposed providing numbered polycarbon trash containers to each city resident for trash service. Doty said the 95-gallon containers are sturdy enough to prevent animals from dumping and spreading trash, which has previously been a subject of complaint for some Purdy residents.

Doty also said his employees would route the entire city and be able to run two trucks to complete trash pickup in one day.

"We'll come through like a white tornado, and when we leave, it will be like the wind never blew," Doty said.

The company also offers special services to handicapped and elderly residents who have trouble rolling their carts to the curb.

The company's policies for providing roll-off containers for the annual city-wide clean-up would see citizens bringing their items to a designated drop off site that would be available for a week. The current system provides for only three days of segregated trash collection by city employees.

Doty also provided proof of insurance coverage, including workers compensation and liability insurance for his company. He requested a five-year contract.

The city's current provider is Stanphill Sanitation out of Pierce City. The city has an open-ended contract with that company to provide service.

Aldermen tabled the matter for further consideration.

In other business, aldermen enacted an ordinance prohibiting the installation, drilling or construction of a private or residential well within the city limits of Purdy.

The move is an effort to ensure the public health and safety of the city's water delivery system.

Aldermen approved a request from Gary Terry to add two new water meters and sewer hook-ups at a residence that has been divided into apartments. Terry will coordinate with Ted McIntire, of the city's public works department, to complete the installations.

Terry also requested aldermen take action on loud music coming from the Latino church located on Highway 37 in Purdy.

Current city ordinances provide that music may be played until 10 p.m. Violations after the designated time are considered a public nuisance.

"[Church members] were talked to about the noise," said Mayor Ron Dutra.

"After officers left, they continued to play the music until 10:45," Terry said.

"From now on, at 10:01 p.m., issue a ticket for violating the ordinance," Roden instructed Police Chief Jackie Lowe.

Lowe said he will visit with the church pastor again and caution him about the consequences of violating the ordinance.

In his report to the board, Lowe said there had been several drug complaints at Autumn Woods Apartment complex in Purdy.

Officers responded to the complex eight times in January to roust trespassers and take complaints about drug trafficking. Two arrests were made there last month and four complaints for trespassing were made.

Officers also answered calls that included: reports of a phone scam; two reports of shoplifting; six calls for domestic disturbance; an unattended death; an intoxicated driver who was running other vehicles off the road; a runaway juvenile; a suicidal subject intervention; 13 dog complaints; a disturbance at Purdy High School's basketball game; minors committing vandalism; a suspicious person loitering on Washington Street; and a minor in possession of alcohol by consumption.

In his report to the board, McIntire said water system efficiency was up to 85 percent, with one water leak located and repaired for the month. McIntire informed aldermen that six new commodes had been installed at the Community Building and operations were in order there.

The next regular meting of the Purdy City Council will take



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