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Council to place question on ballot

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pierce City aldermen approved putting a $750,000 bond issue before the voters in the upcoming August election.

If approved by voters, the bond would finance the cost of the combined waterworks and wastewater systems to extend, repair, maintain and operate the systems.

The city is in line for 50-50 matching grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The maximum amount of that grant would be $500,000.

Additional concerns are the malfunctioning lift stations and the overflow of untreated sewage entering the ground or creek during heavy rains.

If the bond issue fails at the polls, Mayor Allen Stockton expressed his concerns that the DNR would take over the treatment plant and increase the usage fees charged to city residents to pay the costs of improvements and operations.

Aldermen also approved refinancing outstanding 1999 bonds in the amount of $540,000 at a lower interest rate. The city was currently paying about 5 percent in interest on the 1999 issue, but the bonds will be re-financed to a lower rate of 2.6 percent average over a period of eight years, saving the city nearly $48,000 in interest payments.

In his report to the board, Police Chief Mike Abramovitz reported five dog complaints, two reports of property damage, two agency assists, six medical calls, two stealing reports and two suspicious person complaints. The department also documented responses to drug possession, driving without a valid driver's license, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery complaints and assault.

Abramovitz also told aldermen the 2005 Chevy Impala patrol vehicle was "making a lot of noise," and the unit has 120,000 miles on it.

Stockton said he would take a trip to Jefferson City in June to see what was available as a replacement.

Stockton told aldermen that workers had recently discovered two leaks, which would be repaired as soon as possible.

He also told aldermen the lift station at Pine Street had suffered a lightning strike, and Ozark Electric Cooperative representatives estimated the cost of repairs to be $27,195.

Stockton questioned why the Hydro Spec had yet to be scheduled to clean and maintain the city's water tower systems.

Stockton announced the following yearly appointments:

* Julie Johnson, city clerk.

* Mike Abramovitz, police chief, city collector, zoning inspector (with mayor-designated support), and building inspector (with mayor-designated support).

* Andy Hogenmiller, fire chief.

* Darlene Parrigon, city attorney.

* Cory Sooter, mayor pro-tem.

* Shelly Sago-Meyer, municipal judge.

* Glo Abramovitz, emergency management director.

* Shelly Yonker, assistant director of emergency management.

* Brad Duncan, planning and zoning board, replacing Richard Reed.

* Dana Stanphill, planning and zoning board.

* John Stricklin, board of adjustment.

*Julie Garner, museum board.

* Sandy Lakin, museum board, replacing Maura Sparks.

In old business, aldermen approved the final generator payment in the amount of $2,011.13 and the first pool loan payment of $2,500.

In final business, aldermen discussed ways to reduce traffic on Ball Park Road, citing citizen complaints.

"Kids walk down Walnut Street to get to their games," said Dana Stanphill, alderman. "That's hugely dangerous."

Council members approved placing indicator signage on Highway 97 to notify motorists of traffic restrictions and proper routes to reach the ball fields.

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