Purdy aldermen purchased a new storm siren at their May meeting.
Aldermen heard presentations from storm siren vendors at a special meeting on May 1. Having reviewed bids, they voted to buy a larger, more expensive Century siren from Storm Sirens Inc. of Norman, Okla. for $19,995. Dutra said the Century model had fewer moving parts and ran primarily on AC electricity, rather than batteries. The siren is expected to be audible at a quarter mile distance.
The vendor expected to have the siren in place and running within five weeks. The siren has the capacity to sound different pitches, including an evacuation notification. Police Chief Jackie Lowe wanted to limit its use to sounding only when the city was in the path of a severe storm, pointing out the town has no shelters.
The council directed Clerk Debbie Redshaw to prepare a mailing explaining the meaning of siren soundings and mail it to all city customers.
Redshaw reported Connell Insurance still had the low bid for the city's property, liabilities and worker's compensation coverage. Additional quotes were sought after the April meeting, where a motion awarded the contract pending review of prices. The $16,795 charge was around $7,000 less than the current carriage. Connell provides coverage for Barry and Lawrence counties and the local cities of Cassville and Aurora.
Redshaw said it became clear in her discussion with insurance agents that the city was "severely undercovered" in several areas. City hall, for example, was only insured for $25,000.
Mayor Ron Dutra asked public works superintendent Teddy McIntire to provide a tour of city property so that the Connell agent could submit a proposal for the June 11 meeting.
Dutra announced appointments for the year. Alderman Steve Roden was named again as mayor pro tem and Wayne Rupp was tabbed as council treasurer. Lowe was reappointed as police chief. Lowe and Fire Chief Mike Redshaw will share emergency management duties. Officer Russ Nichols was assigned building inspector duties. Darlene Parrigon was named city attorney.
Bills totaling $35,003.41 were paid.
Copies of a 2012-13 fiscal year budget prepared by Clerk Redshaw were distributed. Dutra said the figures ran close to past years. No rate increases or raises were planned.
Redshaw said excess funds from general expenses were added to the capital improvements account. Excess revenues funds from utility operations would go into maintenance.
Action on the budget is expected at the June meeting. The fiscal year begins July 1.
Dutra asked aldermen to bring a list of proposed street repairs to the June meeting. He hoped to develop a street maintenance plan to avoid making repairs only to tear streets up a few months later for a maintenance project.
During April, Lowe reported policen officers made two arrests on warrants and two on custody issues, issued two traffic summons and made 21 traffic stops.
Jimmy Taylor, 33, of Exeter, was arrested at the Cedar Towers apartments for alleged felony possession of a controlled substance after a glass pipe was recovered that tested positive for methamphetamine. A child, age 7, staying in the same apartment was taken into protective custody. Occupants in the apartment were evicted by court order.
A senior citizen who has been the victim of scams in the past purchased and shipped $1,300 in iPhones and a laptop at the directions of a caller traced to Jamaica. Lowe said officers succeeded in recovering funds lost by the subject in a previous scam but did not offer much hope for recovering property shipped overseas.
Lowe said he is looking at reducing the speed limit on some city streets from 25 to 20 miles per hour to reduce speeding.
An effort to chip and seal Business Highway 37 had been done with insufficient oil, reported McIntire, resulting in significant loose rock on the street. McIntire's crew swept four truck loads of rock that will be used later as bedding for water pipes.
Clean-up crews hauled 11 loads of debris out of town, in addition to eight loads of brush. McIntire reported fixing 12 standpipes and sprinkler heads in the irrigation system at the east lagoon.
Aldermen discussed ongoing problems the Purdy schools are having with water leaks, resulting in a double water bill for one month. McIntire said he found a broken toilet by the ball field and a broken water connection by the show barn.
Roden said he wanted to be fair and was willing to reduce to sewer bill to an average, but said the water bill should be paid. Similar arrangements had been made for leaks found by customers.
Alderman Ken Real said the obligation to find leaks should fall on the school, since city readings have a five-day overlap before problems become evident. Roden said the school may have to follow the example of some Monett industries and read meters daily. The Purdy school has nine different water meters.
McIntire reported he planned to travel to Platte City to look at a mechanical wastewater plant. Engineers with Allgeier, Martin and Associates recommended aldermen explore an alternative to their lagoon system, which has been under fire by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for several years.
The mechanical system is similar to one used by Seneca, but no arrangements were available from the manufacturer to view it. The next closest system was in the Kansas City area. None of the aldermen said they were available to make the trip with McIntire and the engineers.