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Purdy Council votes to make changes

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Purdy City Council voted to change trash collection services at its June meeting.

Aldermen received three bids for its trash collection contract and chose Doty Trash Service of Aurora. The bids between Doty and Stanphill Trash Service, which held the Purdy contract for 30 years, were close.

"It comes down to service," said alderman Ken Real.

Kelly Cornell, office manager for Doty, attended the meeting and said Doty would provide all 326 customers with a new 95-gallon polycart. Doty would provide extra carts for the city to give to future customers.

Cornell said Doty would accept non-bagged items but did not want concrete placed in the carts. Free carry-out service would be available to customers who could not move their carts from the edge of the house to the curb.

The bid was for a three-year period. At Doty's request, the council approved a five-year contract. The new trash carts will be delivered in one day and a cart number would be assigned to each household. Trash collection would be reduced to one day a week, collecting on Tuesdays, instead of Monday and Wednesday.

Customers will be notified of the change in water bills that will be mailed on June 25. Doty will take over service at the beginning of July, corresponding with the city's new fiscal year. The trash charge for customers will remain the same at $12.50.

Budget action

Aldermen approved a budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year that anticipated improved economic recovery. The budget projected income of $183,100, a nearly 17 percent rise over the year ending on June 30. Income from sales tax was projected to increase by 33 percent.

With additional income, aldermen approved a 2 percent raise for city employees, not figured into the budget, the first raise in several years.

Clerk Debbie Redshaw said there may be additional savings available for health insurance since the state was trying to make a group for small cities through Missouri Rural Business. The city's current health insurance runs through February, 2013.

The general fund included $50,090 for capital improvements, compared to $28,600 in the current budget, none of which was spent during the year.

The police department budget included a $600 increase in the allotment for fuel. The nearly $8,000 expense for insurance was transferred out of the police budget into a separate fund.

Rentals of the Community Center generated $900 in the present year, far less than the $2,500 projected. Rentals for the coming year were projected at $1,200.

Expenses for the water department closed the current year at 14 percent under projections. The coming year targeted a slightly higher amount.

Sewer expenses for the current year ran 32 percent below the budget. Aldermen increased the budget by $5,000 for engineering services as explorations continue into a different treatment system.

Parking ordinance

Aldermen approved a new seven-page ordinance on parking. The sweeping formula authorized the council to determine what angle of parking is permitted on all streets except, for state highways, and to post signs accordingly. The ordinance banned parking on a sidewalk, in a crosswalk, within 30 feet of an adjacent curb, unless otherwise marked, and within 15 feet of an intersection fire hydrant or crosswalk.

Parking will not be permitted in a street or alley in a way that leaves less than 10 feet of width in the roadway. Parking in the front yards of any residential building was specifically banned. Trucks or refrigerated trailers will not be allowed to run for more than 20 minutes.

Department reports

At the request of Redshaw, the council's next meeting was moved to July 16.

Aldermen approved allowing fireworks to be shot in the city limits from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from July 1 through July 8.

Aldermen approved the purchase of four new shirts for officers at a cost of $328.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported a busy month for officers. Officer Russ Nichols responded to a shoplifting incident at the Dollar General store on May 3 and arrested Kenny House, 47, of Monett for alleged driving while intoxicated and James Williams, 33, of Monett for shoplifting.

A burglary at 304 Fourth Street resulted in the loss of $3,100 in property. Another nearby burglary at 305 Third Street, reported at the same time, resulted in the loss of $1,430 in property. A burglary at 605 Monroe St. into a garage where the owner had placed his property to move out of state resulted in the loss of $7,3350 in property.

Lowe made arrangements to use a police dog from McDonald County to inspect lockers at the Purdy school. Reports had been received that several students were selling marijuana, prescription medicine and K-2, the synthetic marijuana. Lowe hoped to use the dog twice a year for future inspections.

A resident reported a scammer from Jamaica used her Social Security number to have her telephone switched so that she could only receive calls from the scammer. The victim was switched to an unlisted number. The scammer subsequently made calls to neighbors and to the county 911 center trying to re-establish contact.

Public works superintendent Teddy McIntire reported moving loose gravel from Highway C, hauling 10 loads of brush, trimming trees and posting new street signs during May.

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