Monett city employees have been busy on numerous projects in recent weeks, according to reports by department heads at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Monett City Council.
In January, 2013, the water tower at South Park, dating back to the 1930s, would be removed by a Utility Services crew. Rauch said the removal cost would be $18,150, including removal of the pieces which Utility Services would keep for scrap. Rehabilitating the tower would have cost $400,000, Rauch said, and the low capacity did not justify the expense.
Russ Balmas, superintendent for the street department, reported his crews completed laying asphalt on Bond Street recently. In addition to preparation work on the new playground on County Road and Oak streets on Marshall Hill, workers continued their efforts at North Park, where the installation of lights on the ballfields continues.
Park crews planned to continue work in January, 2013, on building three more concrete cart paths on the west side of the Windmill Ridge Golf Course, Balmas added.
Fire Chief Tom Jones reported the new fire truck had gone into service. Airport Superintendent Howard Frazier said a new 3,000-gallon truck to haul aviation fuel had also gone into service. The new truck replaced a 2,000-gallon vehicle that was sold. Frazier said the larger capacity truck will be particularly helpful when fueling two or three planes at a time on a quick turnaround.
Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch praised the electric department crews for their work getting the Christmas lights ready for the Festival of Lights at Monett's South Park.
A team from Utility Services was in town during the third week in November to work on city water towers. The standpipe on Moge Road, near Race Brothers on South Highway 37, was being drained for cleaning and disinfecting.
Although the standpipe by Lowe's was scheduled for maintenance, Rauch said the tank could not be taken out of service without compromising the high pressure water network on the east end of the city. A remote inspection using cameras would be undertaken as an alternative.
Mayor Jim Orr asked about the future of the 875,000-gallon water reservoir between Sixth and Seventh streets north of County Street. Rauch said the reservoir continue to provide a valuable water reserve but will need maintenance in the foreseeable future.
Plans for the new water treatment plant on the west side of town had been submitted to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for review. Rauch hoped to receive the green light on the plant's engineering design in 60 days and begin construction in the spring.