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Monett City Council takes money saving action

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Monett City Council approved three resolutions designed to save money at the June 20 meeting.

A resolution was adopted allowing the city to join the Region 8 Education Service Center, made up of other government entities. Pyle said there was no obligation or cost for the membership.

By joining the center, the city had access to a cooperative purchasing project for products and services. Pyle said Musco Lighting, the leading vendor for new lights at North Park, has a contract with the center that the city could use for savings. A wide variety of products is available.

Council members approved a resolution with ESPY Services to conduct an audit of the city's telecommunications system. Pyle said an ESPY representative called and proposed doing the review of lines used by the city for no up-front charges.

If ESPY finds improper charges or fees on telephone landlines that are no longer in use, the firm will take 50 percent of the savings as its fee. If the adjustment is found on an ongoing charge, ESPY will take 50 percent of the savings for the next 12 months.

Cell phones used by the city would also be open to the review. Pyle said the city is changing its cell phone provider and should not need an additional review of service.

The council approved the application to send $12 million in bonds authorized by voters to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) State Revolving Fund. The state will make the money available to the city as needed at a low rate of interest, as opposed to the city selling all the bonds at once and paying market interest rates.

Wording of the resolution authorized the city to use funds for the planned water treatment plant on the former Rutherford farm and other water system improvements that may come up.

The firm of R.E. Werner Architects was hired to be the architect for replacing the City Park Casino. Werner agreed to work for 5 percent of the construction total on the project.

Proposed ordinances

Several ordinances received a first reading.

New terms were specified for potential water customers. Pyle said the changes were the result of a review of city ordinances by DNR in anticipation of the application to channel funds through the State Revolving Fund.

The proposed ordinance stated that when new water lines are added, residents within 100 feet of the main will be able to commit to becoming city water customers for 90 days. The terms would specifically apply to rural customers who may be using wells.

Pyle said inspection of water lines would be the responsibility of DNR, instead of the old designation to the State Board of Health All inspectors would have to have proper credentials.

An ordinance was introduced authorizing the city to disconnect a utility customer for making a false statement on an application for service. Pyle said the utility department has followed this policy for years. When a case recently surfaced, city attorney Amy Boxx found there was no ordinance on the books allowing enforcement of the policy in municipal court.

Both ordinances were scheduled for public comment at the July 10 meeting.

An ordinance was introduced specifying parking lots at the North Park as the only area where smoking would be permitted. Another ordinance would authorize Allgeier, Martin and Associates to complete engineering for the construction phase of the new water treatment plant.

Public comment on both ordinances were scheduled for the July 20 meeting.

Bills were paid for the month totaling $1,878,100.56. Major bills included $1,042,106.51 to Empire District Electric for wholesale electricity; $161,000 to UMB Bank as a debt service payment of the 2010 Recovery Zone bonds; $46,000 to One Beacon for liability insurance for the next quarter of 2012; $45,000 to Metal Buildings for a new equipment storage barn at the IOOF Cemetery; $41,000 to Fred Weber Iron Mountain Rock for material to lay chip and seal surfacing on city streets; and $20,000 to Professional Turf Products for a new mower for the golf course.

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