Local News: Smith Finalizes Mayoral Duties (4/16/22)

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Members of Pierce City Council were sworn in by former Mayor Kenny Smith on Monday night inclusive, left to right: Ernie Jarvis, Ward 3; Ruth Bozarth, Ward 4; Beverly Miller, Ward 2; and John Archer, Ward 1. All incumbents ran unopposed for their council seats. Melonie Roberts/[email protected]

Commercial Street RV Park Application Denied

In some last-minute chores as mayor of Pierce City, Kenny Smith saw the water system improvement project near completion, with aldermen approving a salary request of $555,283.97 from Goins Enterprises, Inc. ., the contractor for the job.

Two change orders were approved, one of which requested an additional 150 days to complete the project due to material shortages and to accommodate schedule delays due to COVID-19. This change was not monetary, but extended the time the contractor had to complete the project from 365 to 515 days. The second change order, increasing the cost of the project by $121,485.31 for a total cost of $4,010,610.89, was due to field adjustments, including the addition of minor fittings and pipes, fittings to connect new water pipes to existing infrastructure in hard-to-reach and sensitive areas. areas, the installation of additional meters and the location, installation and repair of services at the school due to the contractor’s inability to locate the existing service. It also included materials, labor, and training to facilitate the drilling that runs under the railroad tracks south of town.

Edward Golubski is sworn in by City Clerk Julie Johnson on Monday evening before moving on to new business, including necessary repairs and maintenance to the municipal swimming pool, outages at the main lift station and setting up a city-wide garage sale. Melonie Roberts/[email protected]

The second old case discussed was the request to establish an RV park on empty land in Commercial and Locust, owned by Edward Golubski, who on April 5 was elected mayor in a race against Smith. In September 2021, Golubski applied for a waiver from the city to establish travel trailer hookups with water, electric, and sewer service on the lot. The application was forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Board and returned to the council, and was ultimately denied.

“We don’t have a campground ordinance,” Alderman Scott Wahl said. “We don’t want it. As far as groups or people coming into town, like the folks at Howdy Neighbor Days, those are for special use only.

Smith provided an update on the progress of the disc golf course at Pierce City’s South Park.

“Thanks to the volunteer work, donations and efforts of David Mason, Dakota Ellingsworth and Derek Mulvaney, the disc golf course is nearly complete,” he said. “There were 18 holes installed.”

The 18-basket course, planned by Mason and Mulvaney, will need T-pads, measuring 4ft by 10ft, so players can make consistent throws without having to worry about footing.

“The city will donate materials for the T-pads,” Smith said.

Smith went on to congratulate city employees and residents for their support during his tenure.

“Mr. Larry Carver, over the last two years, has kept our feet on fire,” Smith said. me a better mayor and from us a better council. I ask you to keep up the good work, sir. Thank you all.”

Golubski was sworn in as mayor and business continued.

The aldermen approved the purchase of a new computer, monitor and printer for the police department, for a total of $1,579.96. The current processor is loaded with Windows 10 and will not run encrypted reports.

“MDC [in Monett] was the best price and provided three years of service,” Police Chief Mike Abramovitz said.

Abramovitz also noted that the 1996 SUV was recalled, but parts weren’t available at Monday night’s meeting. He said one of the full-time officers was seeking grants for patrol cars, noting that the town already qualified for a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“They came to us,” Abramovitz said. “It’s the best of the moment.”

Justin Noone, director of the public works department, presented the current plan for repairing and painting the municipal swimming pool.

“We don’t have any paint,” he said. “We’ll need 26 gallons at $82 a gallon.”

The aldermen approved the purchase.

Golubski has terminated any repair plans.

“I have a contact in Monett,” he said. “I want to bring it to take a look.”

Regarding the disposal of chlorinated water at the end of the season, Noone and Bert Bond, the city’s wastewater superintendent, said pumping it into Clear Creek would be a violation of Department of Natural Resources guidelines. (MRN).

Bond said he could bring in a sludge truck to pump out the pools, which would be around 15 loads, and dump it into the sewage at the Elm Street manhole.

“Our other option is to let the chlorine run out in the pool before pumping it into the stream,” he said.

Bond also reported that ultraviolet lamps for wastewater disinfection are expected to arrive this week.

The main lift station again suffered a problem, this time a pipe in the bottom of the chamber came loose from its bolts.

“I don’t know how to get in there safely,” Bond said. “The pipe oscillates freely. Even if it’s just putting the bolts back in place [to secure it], it will be a $4,000 to $6,000 job. It’s hard to get deals on this.

Pool manager Mallory Erwin said plans are being finalized for a Memorial Day weekend opening. She said she had several returning lifeguards but needed to hire one more, for a total of six.

The aldermen asked him to provide a proposal for a 6-day and 7-day operating schedule to be considered and voted on at the May meeting.

Erwin offered to have game nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.

“Pool parties book up fast,” she said. “I already have 18 scheduled this season.”

Erwin also said she plans to hold a series of fundraisers throughout the season to help replace equipment, tables and chairs.

Aldermen also approved the purchase of the Aqua Buddy Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pool lift, funded by the Lawrence County Tax Board for Developmental Disabilities at a cost of $3,794.27. The equipment will help lift disabled guests from wheelchairs and lower them into the shallow end of the pool.

In new business, aldermen were asked to approve the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022, an agenda item Golubski asked to table.

“I haven’t received a budget and I would like to be able to consult it,” he said.

City Attorney Darlene Parrigon said filing the matter isn’t an option because cities are required to reconcile their budgeted amounts each fiscal year with the amounts spent, whether they’re under budget or over budget. .

“State laws require us to do that,” she said.

Almost all cities operate under balanced budget requirements, which means cities almost always expect to end the fiscal year with a surplus to carry forward. The budget is usually made up of an operating budget, which shows current expenditures, and a capital budget, which shows financial plans for long-term plans to improve or replace facilities and infrastructure. equipment.

Agenda items regarding emergency brake mufflers (manual braking), codebook updates and payment plans for utility customers were tabled.

Aldermen approved changing the meeting time to 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month going forward.

Golubski asked why Pierce City doesn’t have a citywide garage sale like other surrounding communities.

City Clerk Julie Johnson said the project was a project undertaken by the now defunct Pierce City Chamber of Commerce, and the event had been abandoned for the past few years.

“No one has contacted the city about a citywide yard sale,” she said.

Alderman Jerad Jarvis recommended picking a date and sticking to it in the future, and Golubski recommended Pierce City host one on the same weekend as Monett, which is April 30.

Aldermen were reminded that donations were needed for the Community Pantry, located next to the caboose at City Hall, as there was a growing need for non-perishable items.

It was noted that the Thyme to Buy Local Farmer’s Market in Pierce City will hold its grand opening from 8 a.m. to noon today at the intersection of Highway 37 and Highway 97 near the Veterans Memorial. The market will run every Saturday from now until mid-December.

John Archer, Pierce City Councilman and Southwest Missouri Solid Waste District N Liaison for the council, noted that recycling efforts were beginning to pick up and he had six good people, paid an allowance. rated by the city, to help with sorting.

“Nobody wants to sort in the snow or in the rain,” he said. “With better weather conditions, we will quickly take care of the pile-up.”

Recyclable materials do not include cardboard, plastic shopping bags, appliances, electronics, chemicals or paints. No hazardous waste will be accepted.

Plastics #1 through #7, aluminum cans, and clear or colored glass with the lids removed are acceptable. The trailer is occupied from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month, but citizens can drop off accepted recyclables at any time in the collection bins located in the 800 Linzee Blvd block. at well no. 3.

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