By Murray Bishoff
In a special meeting, the Monett City Council agreed to spend $272,370 for a new pumper truck for the fire department.
The truck was purchased from Pierce Manufacturing, the only bidder. Fire Chief Tom Jones sent seven requests to vendors for quotes. He received two responses and one bid.
Jones said the new truck will provide everything he sought. Options for financing were reviewed. The truck will take 120 days to make at Pierce's Florida factory and should be available for delivery in November.
Council members also approved the purchase of a used Toro mower for the golf course at a cost of $20,000, plus $300 for delivery. According to City Administrator Dennis Pyle, the mower used on roughs at the Windmill Ridge municipal course blew an engine. A call to the Toro company revealed a used model was being traded in and would be available shortly from the state of Oklahoma.
Several appointments were approved during the session. Greg Davis and Keith McCracken were reappointed to the Building Board for two-year terms, beginning on April 1.
For the Planning and Zoning Commission, Max Easley was appointed to a one-year term and Cecil Mayer was tapped for a two-year term. Both have been serving on the panel. Their terms began on April 1.
Gary Dustman was reappointed to the Board of Adjustments. His two-year term began on April 1.
A lease was finalized with Raymond Schmidt for use of 24 tillable acres located immediately west of the wastewater treatment plant. The lease is for one year, beginning on June 1. Rent is $1,800 per year, payable on June 1.