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Monett City Council addresses personnel matters at Feb. meeting

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Monett City Council addressed two personnel-related issues at a special meeting held on Tuesday.

Russ Balmas, sanitation superintendent, was named the city's new representative to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District. Balmas succeeds City Administrator Dennis Pyle in the post. Pyle will continue as the city's alternate.

Council members approved introducing a different retirement option for city employees available through the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS). At the present time, the city bears the entire cost of putting money into a retirement fund for each employee.

Three proposals went to a vote of the employees, and 101 of the 121 workers preferred a new plan. The option would allow the workers to pay 4 percent of their gross pay into the plan and receive a higher retirement benefit in return.

Pyle said the change will have no bearing on past employees. The measure was slated for final approval on March 20 and would go into effect with the new fiscal year on April 1.

Mayor Jim Orr asked for updates on recent work by city workers. Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch said electric crews had finished rewiring the Monett Community Center, making it ready for the Missouri Career Center to begin operations there.

Water department crews had tied the new loop of mains on the north side of town to Woodland Ridge subdivision, completing the connection. A private contractor was almost done hooking the southern loop across the Church of the Nazarene property to Highway 37.

Water crews plan to lower the main crossing the south entrance into South Park by the new Monett Area YMCA building to prevent any problems from heavy traffic, Rauch said. An irrigation line at the golf course is also being redirected.

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