Members of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen are eager to start work on infrastructure upgrades with the passage of the $750,000 bond issue to make improvements in the water and sewer system.
Anderson Engineering, of Springfield, listed the steps that have already been completed for the combined project.
Included in the list are the preliminary engineering report, the anti-degradation review documents, construction plans, construction specifications, the Missouri Department of Resources (DNR) construction permit, the DNR state revolving fund application and the environmental clearance request.
Yet to be completed are securing the funding for the project. Immediately following the election, Andrew Novinger, engineer on the project, forwarded the grant and loan applications to the DNR for review. That process is expected to take about two months.
Novinger also has begun work on securing environmental and historical clearances for the project. Some of the documents will have to be reviewed by DNR officials in Jefferson City, which may also take a considerable amount of time.
Novinger said the firm would continue to work closely with the DNR as it attempts to secure grant funding.
In other business, aldermen approved an ordinance that defines and outlines special use permits for properties located within the city limits.
The ordinance allows aldermen to approve commercial enterprises in residential areas based on each applicant's circumstances.
In his report to aldermen, Jeff Riekhof, of Clearwater Environmental, advised aldermen Ozark Electric District personnel will install a pressure alarm and auto-dialer in well #4 in an effort to avoid low pressure situations in the future.
Work will also be done on the Pine Street lift station, which was hit by lightning and the control panel damaged. Repairs to the lift station will run $11,900, of which $11,698 and is covered by insurance. Not covered is the pump, which the insurance company declared to be "worn out," and not eligible for replacement through the policy. Cost of a replacement pump is $4,765, which will be paid by the city.
Aldermen approved the bid, pending assurance it was the lowest offered. Mayor Allen Stockton will review all bids obtained by Reikhof.
In July, Pierce City volunteer firefighters responded to 11 medical calls, seven grass fires and one car accident. Volunteers also provided standby for the rodeo and hosted a training night for firefighters.
In his report to the board, Police Chief Michael Abramovitz noted officers responded to nine fireworks complaints in July, along with three assault complaints, one property damage report, five medical calls and one order or protection violation. Officers were called out for one suspicious person, one suspicious vehicle, one burglary and answered six agency assist calls.
|Officers also made three warrant arrests, a driving while license was revoked arrest and a driving while intoxicated arrest.|
Officers with the Harold Bell Wright Museum board have requested a name change for the facility. The proposed name change would be the Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum.
Aldermen tabled the matter until the museum curator, Glo Abramovitz, can attend the meeting and explain why the board feels the move is necessary.
Board members also have taken glass negatives to be converted to positive images and burned to a DVD. The process is expected to take about a month.
The next meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at City Hall.