Monett sets banking, animal control contracts

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

City to stick with U.S. Bank for services

The Monett City Council has ironed out new contracts for banking, animal control and clarifier repairs.

Every three years, the city requests bids for its banking service. In the last round of bids, the city moved its services from UMB Bank to U.S. Bank. This time, only U.S. Bank and Arvest Bank offered bids.

City Administrator Dennis Pyle said over the past three years, the city has paid nothing for bank expenses. Interest from deposits have covered all the bank fees. Prior to that, the city was paying $12,000 to $14,000 a year in banking fees.

Arvest Bank offered an earnings credit rate of .25 percent. U.S. Bank offered to pay .25 percent lower than whatever the federal rate was, but never less than .35 percent, offering a higher return on the city’s money. Presently, the federal rate is .75 percent, putting U.S. Bank’s rate under that bid structure at .50 percent, double the Arvest quote.

City Clerk Janie Knight reported she and the city hall staff have been pleased working with U.S. Bank and had no issues driving a change. Council members voted to renew the banking contract with U.S. Bank for another three years.

A contract was approved with the Humane Society of Joplin, effective for one year, beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Pyle reported prices in the contract rose from 1 to 11 percent. The price for taking an animal rose from $49.44 to $55.08. The cost of holding an animal for rabies quarantine went from $14.85 a day to $15.11 per day, and preparing a rabies specimen rose from $25.50 to $26.87.

Since the city opened its new animal control shelter, the city has used the Joplin Humane Society much less, Pyle said. Police Chief George Daoud noted that by Nov. 20, the city had adopted out 25 more animals than in all of 2016. However, Daoud noted that when it becomes necessary to move an animal, the Humane Society’s services are still needed. Council members approved the contract as presented.

Work expanded on the contract with McClanahan Construction of Rogersville for work at the wastewater treatment plant. In September, council members awarded a $144,000 contract for repairs to a clarifier, which was empty during a high water incident. Without water inside, the floor of the clarifier rose 10 feet. Repairs started in October and were expected to take 90 days, and included a $50,000 alternate bid to paint the rusted truss arms of the clarifier while the unit was disassembled.

At the November meeting, Utilities Superintendent Skip Schaller reported crews found a void underneath the raised floor. Council members approved a $22,435 change order to drill a hole through the floor to pour fill into the void. That raised McClanahan’s contract to $224,435.

The council also approved a deduction in the contract with Vaughn Dirtworks for preparing and resurfacing the new parking lot at Fifth and Broadway and the realignment of Callan Street and Bridle Lane, moving the interchange to the north. The roadwork included laying a six-inch aggregate base and covering it with three inches of asphalt.

Pyle reported Vaughn used less material than expected. That dropped the price by $8,325.80, putting the final contract price at $166,201.72.

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