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City crews complete numerous construction projects

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monett city crews have worked on a variety of projects during the past month, according to reports shared at the Monett City Council meeting on June 20.

Street and parks superintendent Russ Balmas said he has received positive comments on the recently constructed picnic pavilion at North Park, placed on the site of the old basketball court. The new basketball court has received considerable play, even more use of late than the skate park, Balmas said.

Crews finished constructing the new enlarged maintenance barn at the IOOF Cemetery. They completed erecting cubicles in the Monett Community Center for the Missouri Career Center, which is moving in this week.

Street crews scheduled spraying for mosquitoes on June 26 through June 28 to treat the city prior to the July 4th holiday.

Police Chief Tim Schweder said 19 people tested for the single vacancy in the police department. Schweder hopes to start the new officer sometime in July.

Building inspector Wade Ennes reported issuing a permit for a storage building behind the Peking Palace restaurant at E. Cleveland and Eighth Street. Several permits have been issued for residential remodels, re-roofing jobs and decks with roofs. Work is continuing on the Monett Rural Fire Association's new building east of the utilities warehouse on County Road, where electrical lines were being installed.

The Building Board will meet at 6 p.m. on July 23 at the Justice Center to discuss demolition of a house at 15th St. and Glen. The pace of disassembly by the owner has prompted numerous complaints, Ennis said.

Fire Chief Tom Jones told The Times his crews has been busy working on routine maintenance, such as checking all the air packs and changing oil filters in the generators.

Utilities superintendent Pete Rauch issued a separate report. The water department completed the last segment of the loop along Chapell Drive, north of Cleveland, encircling the city with new series of 12 and 16-inch mains.

Crews completed installing the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system on the well on the Jack Henry and Associates campus so that it can be operated remotely from city hall. Sewer flow monitors were moved and reinstalled as part of the ongoing study of leaks in the sewer system. New meters that can be read by radio were installed and several fire hydrants were rebuilt.

Electric built five spans of 600-foot primary lines and hung 15 250-watt cobra light fixtures on 20 poles. Around 1,800 feet of duplex lines were placed for improved safety and security. Rauch said crews changed six light poles on the eastern end of Broadway from Seventh to 13th streets. Two poles were replaced in the alley at 1400 Sheila Lane where four spans of copper wire were switched to aluminum conductor steel reinforced lines.

Crews set a new transformer at Monett Metals, upgraded parts of the Seventh Street and North Park substations and reconfigured capacitor banks throughout the system to accommodate and change in the load managed by the city system.

Rauch indicated work was finished on the 2011 consumer confidence report.



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