Monett department heads briefed members of the Monett City Council on activities completed by city employees over the past month during the February meeting.
Police Chief Tim Schweder said 15 candidates have applied for two openings in the police department. The applicants were tested for the position on Feb. 28.
Park Superintendent Russ Balmas said a dedication was planned for 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 for a memorial to Specialist Christopher Stark in the form of a bench that will be placed at the F-4 Phantom jet veterans memorial at South Park. Stark, a Monett High School graduate, was killed in action in 2011 in Afghanistan.
Park crews have placed a fence at North Park and will install a basketball court inside the fence this week.
Building Inspector Wade Ennes said plans for the drive-up window for Bruner Pharmacy on Fourth Street between Kelly Creek and Broadway are under review. Plans for an addition at Fastenol and a design for the proposed new Monett Rural Fire Station on County Road, east of the city's second fire station, have been discussed.
Plans for constructing the first single family home in 2012 have been scheduled, Ennes said. Permits were issued for only four homes in 2011.
Utilities Superintendent Pate Rauch reported crews for the Insituform company were in town rehabilitating sewer mains. The 22 scheduled runs took crews on: Fairway between Hazel and Pine; West Hazel from Fairview; West Cale between Highland and Linden; west of Central on the alley running south from Sycamore; Sycamore west from Central to October Lane; Fourth Street south from the IOOF Cemetery to Crest; from Fifth to Seventh Street on Front; Fifth Street from Front to Kelly Creek; and from Broadway north under the Dollar General Store and up the alley between Eighth and Ninth.
Electric crews have been busy rewiring the Monett Community Center so it will be suitable for the Missouri Career Center to use. Crews continue to replace poles around town.
Water crews continue installing pipe for the new loop around the city. By the site of the Monett Area YMCA, taps for the four-inch main for the building and the six-inch main for the fire hydrant have been finished. A perimeter fence has been built around the booster pump station at North Park. Crews will move in quickly to complete the new well house on the Jack Henry and Associates campus once the building is done, Rauch added.
The U.S. Congress approved the long-term authorization of funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), reported City Administrator Dennis Pyle. Funds can now flow through the system for planned improvements at the Monett Municipal Airport. Pyle said future projects will require a 10 percent match, but already-approved projects can proceed as planned with the 5 percent match that was already set aside by the city.
Mayor Jim Orr asked if passage of the FAA authorization would speed up the environmental study for the airport, which has waited a year for approval. Pyle said comments from the review have gone to the engineer. The city will file its responses shortly.