Reports on a variety of activities by city employees during the past month were given at the Thursday meeting of the Monett City Council.
Building Inspector Wade Ennes reported the drought in building permits for new residential construction had finally broken. Gordon Renfro acquired a permit to build a house in the Twin Oaks subdivision. Contractor Clif Matthews had plans to build his first four-plex of the year, the kind of project he had routinely done in recent years.
Ennes said his office continued to issue permits for remodels and reroofing projects.
Fire Chief Tom Jones said the longstanding burn ban was now lifted.
Sixteen firefighters completed a three-day class on fighting fires in confined spaces, paid for by local industries. Three individuals from industries also participated.
The city's new fire truck will be ready for delivery at the end of October, Jones added.
Police Chief Tim Schweder said two officers attended the National Children's Crime Conference. Dispatching supervisor Bonnie Witt-Schulte and 911 supervisor Karen Brown attended an emergency management conference in Joplin.
Schweder was seeking a new officer to fill the vacancy created by the early retirement of Officer Tom Jaglowitz, whose last day is Oct. 1.
The Barry County Emergency Management office has authorization from the Barry County Commission to continue operations out of the Monett Justice Center, Schweder added.
Street Superintendent Russ Balmas said his crews were busy repairing cuts made for utilities in city streets. Contractors responsible for digging in the streets were being billed for repairs.
Crews were presently working on the #6 ballfield at North Park, where new electric lights were being installed. Leaf collections would begin the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch said the final water samples were being collected from homes for the periodic tests of lead and copper.
A sewer main was being extended from Ninth Street across the Lemon property on Highway H to the northeast corner of Highway H and Farm Road 2230, which was recently annexed into the city limits, Rauch said.
In an effort to speed up the water permit application for the city's new water treatment plant, Rauch reported 35 gallons of water samples from Monett wells showing elevated turbidity had been sent to the manufacturer of the actiflow system designed to clear the problem.
"The Missouri Department of Natural Resources wants a performances guarantee," Rauch said. "There's not another system like this except in West Plains."
In other projects, Rauch said crews had painted the walls of the reservoir between Sixth and Seventh streets to eliminate the graffiti. Electric crews continued to install lights at the ballfields at North Park and had put in seven more concrete bases.