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City council moves ahead on projects

Friday, April 20, 2012

Monett City Council members approved a contact for the sale of the gymnastics center and approved a new pay arrangement for the school resource officer at their monthly meeting on Thursday.

Council members okayed a real estate contract with the Monett R-1 School District for the sale of the gymnastics building for $279,000.

Orr said the school provided the only offer. The city's price dropped by over $30,000 to secure the sale.

"I think it will fit them well," Orr said.

Closing is scheduled for June 1.

An employment agreement was also signed for the school resource officer, an employee of the police department, beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

Orr said the contract basically splits the cost for the position between the city and the school. The city will be able to call the school resource office in for police duties as emergencies arise.

City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the school district will reimburse the city for services rendered, rather than issuing a separate paycheck. Overtime will be billed to the school district on a monthly basis.

Other contracts

An agreement was approved with Sullivan Publications to review city ordinances. Pyle said outdated laws would be eliminated and all regulations with be checked against state statutes.

There would be no fixed fee for Sullivan's services. Cost would be determined from the hours needed and the number of pages requiring changes. Cost was estimated between $9,000 and $12,000.

A resolution was passed to apply for funding for the proposed water treatment plant through the Missouri department of Natural Resources' State Revolving Fund. Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch said the agreement to handle the city's $12 million bond issue as funds are spent had "essentially already been approved."

Subdivision action

A new proposal for the North Hills Addition, the subdivision owned by developer Jim Lemon on the northeast part of the city, was approved. This was the first action proposed by Lemon since he got approval to build a major subdivision in the late 1990s.

Lemon owns acreage from Highway H to 17th Street, south of Farm Road 2230. The city extended sewer service across North Park and under Highway H to make development of Lemon's property possible before Lemon backed away from the plan.

Instead of moving forward with building 269 single family houses as originally planned, Lemon proposed developing in two directions. He plans to place a light commercial business in the southeast corner of Farm Road 2230 and Highway H.

Secondly, Lemon proposed dividing the property on the west side of 17th Street into six estate lots, each measuring nearly 32,000 square feet.

According to Building Inspector Wade Ennes, Lemon will have to extend sewer service from Highway H across the commercial lot and address storm water retention issues before proceeding. The city will also need additional right of way off Farm Road 2230.

The Planning and Zoning Commission previously approved Lemon's proposal. Council members authorized the new first phase for the subdivision.

A revision to regulations on garage sales was introduced and scheduled for action at the May 21 meeting. Orr said the change would no longer restrict not-for-profit organizations to having only two garage sales per year.

"I have no problem with them trying to raise money this way," Orr said.

Bills were paid for the month totaling $1,459,282,48. Major payments included: $936,364.82 to Empire District Electric for wholesale electricity; $91,000 to Allgeier, Martin and Associates for engineering work on the proposed water treatment plant; $21,000 to Water Products for new water meters; and $15,000 to Greens Pro for golf course chemicals.

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