Department heads with the City of Monett updated the Monett City Council on a variety of activities undertaken by city crews during the past month at the Oct. 19 city council meeting.
Fire Chief Tom Jones said he would be going to Florida to get the city's new fire truck on Oct. 29.
New orange flags have been placed at all 14 well houses that hold a supply of bottled chlorine. Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch said the flags were placed in response to a suggestion. According to Jones, the flags provide an indication of which way the wind is blowing, enabling firefighters to focus their response or to evacuate nearby buildings in case of a chlorine leak.
Electric crews have begun erecting lighting displays for the Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Lights, which opens on Nov. 19 and runs through Dec. 31.
The city's big producing wells, #9 on County Street and #12 at North Park, plus the new #21 well on the Jack Henry and Associates campus, all of which are prone to muddiness, had to be taken off line during a recent weekend following heavy rains. Rauch said all three cleared and were returned to service within a week.
The last concrete bases for the new light poles at North Park had been poured. Rauch expected all the poles to be in place by the end of October. Electric foreman Aaron Burdett expected to have the power up on the new lights for the #6 field at North Park, used by the high school, since it feeds off a separate line for power. Service for the other fields would be finished around the schedules for ongoing tournaments.
City Administrator Dennis Pyle said bids would be due for construction of the new City Park Casino by Nov. 1. Bids will be opened at 7 p.m. that day.
Building Inspector Wade Ennes said his office has continued to issue permits for construction of garages and building remodels. Ennes said the Daylight Donut Shop had opened and the storefront remodeled from the previous occupant, CheeZies Pizza. In another remodeling, a new dental office, Four States Dental Care, is opening in Michael Pham's Sunrise Plaza at Kyler and Highway 60, where the Heritage Medical office had been.