City Council grants city commissions to hospital staff, buys EFCO property
The Monett City Council approved agreements with Cox Monett Hospital and EFCO, a Pella company, during the Aug. 20 monthly meeting.
An ordinance was passed giving authority to security staff for Cox Monett Hospital to function as police officers while on duty. Mayor Jim Orr said the Cox Monett staff will carry a city commission.
"We were glad to work it out," Orr said. "They wanted it."
The agreement covered commissions for two full-time security staff and one on-call officer. The arrangement is expected to go into effect for Cox Monett's new fiscal year, beginning in October.
No public comment was offered to the proposal. Orr and Commissioner Mike Brownsberger moved forward and adopted the ordinance on third reading.
Council members approved a contract purchasing 14.9 acres of real estate from EFCO at $2,400 an acres. Orr said with the city's plans for developing the airport, it was decided to move forward with a purchase.
According to City Administrator Dennis Pyle, two brokers assessed the property. A higher quote factored in the prices of other property in the vicinity and not just comparable sales.
"We thought $2,400 was a more fair and accurate amount," Pyle said, "and EFCO agreed."
An ordinance approving a deal between the City of Verona and the Monett Police Department to provide dispatching services was approved. Dispatching supervisor Bonnie Witt-Schulte said the service should generate an additional 50 calls a month and will cover calls for 911, police and fire services.
Verona will pay Monett $175 a month for the service. Presently the city works with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department dispatch center. Witt-Schulte did not anticipate any additional staff would be needed.
A contract was approved formally authorizing the Monett R-1 School District to use the city's baseball diamond at North Park, the soccer fields, golf course and tennis courts.
Pyle said that with the school district's participation in the lighting project at North Park, formalizing the arrangement with the city would help reduce insurance costs. The city could be listed as a covered party on the school district's policy.
Golf course action
Two resolutions were approved with golf course consultant Mike Vogt. The first will extend his services from August 2012 to June 2013.
"We feel he's done a good job and has the knowledge to help us turn things around at the golf course," Orr said.
Basic services by Vogt will cost the city $8,200, a slight increase from his original contract. With expenses, the payment for an additional eight months of service should run a maximum of $10,800.
A second agreement hired Vogt to help find a superintendent for the Windmill Ridge course. The opening was created by the resignation of greenskeeper Dave Gillaspy, whose last day was Aug. 15. Cost for Vogt's services is $5,000.
The new position will entail more than greenskeeper duties that will be determined once the field of candidates is reviewed. Pyle said the pay will be competitive for a qualified candidate.
Vogt planned to extend his search across the Midwest but an application had already been received from as far away as Kentucky. Vogt will pre-qualify the candidates, review resumes and make a short list for council consideration.
Council members appointed Mike Wallace to a second term on the Monett Planning and Zoning Commission.
Dale Ellis was named to the Building Board. Pyle said there is a preference for members who have knowledge in real estate. Ellis now works as a real estate agent and expressed his willingness to serve.
Commissioners gave final passage to a new ordinance establishing designated no smoking areas at North Park.
Bills for the month totaling $1,996,553.66 were approved. Major bills included: $1,313,752.93 to Empire District Electric Company for wholesale electricity; $76,000 to Allgeier, Martin and Associates for engineering work on the proposed water treatment plant; $64,000 to Coastal Energy for oil to put chip and seal resurfacing; and $22,000 to First Bank of Missouri as a pass-through for the Neighborhood Improvement District sewer project.
Police Chief Tim Schweder reported that Scott Gaston, who has worked for the Aurora Police Department, has been hired to fill the officer vacancy in Monett.
Two new police cars have arrived and are presently being equipped for service, Schweder added.
Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch said city wells produced 150 million gallons of water in July, a new record. Of that, 40 million gallons were pumped to waste because of muddiness in the water, mostly from well #12 at North Park.
With water being pumped from the new #21 well on the Jack Henry and Associates complex, the monitor well at the municipal golf course rose 35 feet in the past two weeks, Rauch said. Three wells closer to the golf course have had a chance to rest with the redistribution of pumping.
Poles for the new lights at the #6 ball field at North Park have arrived. Rauch expected to drill bases for the new poles next week.
Witt-Schulte said the dispatching center is making weekly reports to the State Emergency Management Agency about local fires during the present drought situation.