Members of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen split their vote on accepting a bid for the police department's 2005 Chevrolet Impala.
The bid, in the amount of $650, from Gasser's Body Shop, in Pierce City, was rejected by Aldermen Brandon Raley, Cory Sooter and Brian Jones. Aldermen Kenny Smith, Dana Stanphill and John Archer voted in favor of selling the vehicle.
Stockton went on to list a number of mechanical problems the vehicle had experienced while in the city's possession.
"I don't want to be responsible for someone getting in it and thinking they have a good car," Stockton said, before casting his tie-breaking vote. "Sold."
Aldermen approved replacing the Impala with a 2009 Crown Victoria Interceptor in their July meeting.
Officer Tim Jones reported the newer car needed a cage to separate prisoners in the back seat from officers driving the vehicle.
"My biggest area of concern since I've been on this council has been officer safety," Stockton said. "I've read too many horror stories."
Jones reported the car needed an install kit, at a cost of about $170, to install the cage in the Crown Vic.
|"Get it," Stockton told Jones. "Let's see about getting the cage installed as soon as possible."|
Alan Frantz, with the public works department, reported every water valve in town had been located and logged on a map.
"For the ones out in a field, drive a fence post and paint it blue and log how many feet or yards it is to the actual valve," Stockton said. "Do the same thing for manholes, only paint them green. That way, they can be easily located."
Frantz said he had been performing preventative maintenance on city vehicles, citing mechanical repairs for the city's lawn mower and truck.
"On the truck, we replaced the U-joints and they're already going out," Frantz said. "I did an oil change on Aug. 29 and today [Sept. 10] the truck is already half a quart low."
"Let's get it in [to the shop] and find out why it's eating U-joints and drinking oil," Stockton instructed.
"I'd also like to see a log sheet included with the regular monthly reports that tell what preventative maintenance work has been done," Sooter said.
The next topic of concern was the build-up of debris in Clear Creek at the bridge near St. Mary's Catholic Church. Stockton said he wanted the area cleared before the fall rainy season.
Frantz said he had discussed the matter with both the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"They have no problem with us removing the debris from the creek," Frantz said. "We can also remove the rock if we take it from the creek to a truck. If we level it or move the rock around in the creek bed, we'll need a permit."
Aldermen approved removal of some gravel and the debris that is clogging the bridge abutments in the creek.
"I just want that bridge where everything gets out of town as fast as it can go," Stockton said.
In other business, aldermen:
* Approved a name change to Jay and Gantt Streets to Timothy Street in order to prevent confusion with 911 dispatching services and emergency responders.
* Changed the signature cards on the bank accounts to authorize Archer and Raley to sign checks, while giving Julie Johnson, city clerk, the authorization to check balances and discuss accounts. The move was made on the recommendation of the city's auditor.
* Heard the Clean Water Commission has moved the city to a priority position on the Watershed Reserve List for the wastewater treatment plant project. Work has tentatively been scheduled to begin in January 2013.
* Approved a $10,000 payment to Anderson Engineering for work completed on the wastewater treatment project.
* Tabled an animal ordinance regulating livestock and fowl inside the city limits until October.
* Will review and make suggested revisions to the employee handbooks before the October meeting.
* Approved installing stop signs on the north/south axis of Pine and Morris streets, turning the intersection into a four-way stop.