Pierce City aldermen visited a number of issues during their June meeting, including a request from Verizon to put a tower in the city.
According to the proposal, Verizon is seeking to share a tower with AT&T, but if that option fails, would like to locate a separate structure inside the city.
The company identified two locations that would fulfill their construction needs. Currently, the city has no ordinance regulating the zoning or communications tower structures.
City Clerk Julie Johnson contacted the Missouri Municipal League to obtain a sample ordinance and Darlene Parrigon, the city's attorney, has reviewed it. Parrigon indicated several areas on the sample that needed definition, clarification of standards unique to the city.
Parrigon and Johnson will compile an ordinance to present at the August meeting of the council.
Aldermen also unanimously approved the purchase of a 2009 Crown Victoria from Missouri State Agency for Surplus Property (MSASP) at a cost of $13,750. Aldermen also approved adding the light bar and dash equipment at a cost of $1,600. The unit will only require decals before being put into use by officers with the Pierce City Police Department.
The Crown Victoria will replace the 2005 Chevy Impala, which has developed rack and pinion steering issues.
In his report to aldermen, Mayor Allen Stockton said the pump was down at the Pine street lift station.
Stockton said the switch box and control panel were covered by insurance, but the pump was not. Jeff Riekhof, with Clearwater Environmental, is checking on replacement costs.
Riekhof said on the water system side of the department, things were going well, but cautioned aldermen to consider a pressure alarm and auto dialer for well #4 to avoid low pressure situations. The estimated cost of the equipment needed is $1,000 plus the monthly phone charge.
Riekhof and Wayne Sooter are discussing the best options for running the water system with one of the wells out of operation for inspection and cleaning. The process should take about a week for each of the city's two well towers.
Sooter and Riekhof are also planning on flushing fire hydrants in the coming weeks.
In other business, aldermen:
* Approved a contract for accounting services with the CPA Group in Monett.
* Discussed limiting the types and numbers of animals allowed inside the city limits, primarily livestock.
* Tabled action on the city's floodplain management ordinance.
* Tabled action on renaming a city street at South Walnut.