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Cardwell Council hears update on lagoon project

Friday, November 9, 2012

Staff photo by Lecia Forester Richard Mara, street commissioner for Cardwell, left, talks about the city's lagoon project design.
CARDWELL, Mo.- During the council meeting on Thursday night Mayor John Prince gave the latest update regarding the wastewater lagoon project. Late last month, Gov. Jay Nixon visited the city and informed officials that the city would receive $500,000 in funding from the Community Development Block grant.

"That was the last piece of the puzzle on the financing," Mayor Prince said. He noted that there was a representative coming down next week from CDBG for the signing of papers.

Richard Mara, street commissioner, added that the city is now in the design stage of the project.

"Summers and Surveying and Engineering will be doing the design phase. They will do the design and once they get the design done they will send us a copy or come down with a copy, then we'll go over it and then he'll send it off to DNR (Department of Natural Resources) and it will have to get approved. It will have to go through DNR plus go through USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and CBDG." Mara added that DNR is the interception for EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). After all these agencies get done answering all the questions they'll send it back to the city with an approval to seek bids.

"That can be a long process. It can be six months," Mara noted.

Also discussed was the annexation of Dollar General into the city limits. This subject has been discussed a number of times at previous council meetings and city officials have gotten no response. Letters were sent to Overland Properties, who at the time of construction were the owners as well as Dollar General Headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tenn. So far the city has received no response. It has recently come to the attention of city officials that Overland Properties does not own the property any longer. Ownership has changed to a company in New York. Now, instead of sending a letter which they have already done and received no response, council members discussed a new avenue. The council granted approval to Mara to gather information as to the cost of incorporating the land around Dollar General including Burton's. The regulations will also be looked at pertaining to the voting for the annexation of the properties. This will be further discussed at another meeting.

At Thursday's meeting, a subject that was discussed and approved a year ago by the council was again revisited. This was regarding combining the position of Marshal/tax collector. Councilman Charlie Smith brought up that in order for this to be valid, this matter would have to be voted on by the residents of Cardwell. City Clerk Mary Vaughn noted that she had been in contact with City Attorney Terry McVey and he noted that although Chief Anthony Parker had not been voted in as Marshal/tax collector, an ordinance could be passed combining the two and come the next regular election the position would read Marshal/tax collector.

After more discussion, Councilman Smith made a motion to discuss the matter further with the city's attorney and get his findings in writing. Mayor Prince agreed that this would be a good idea.Vaughn had drawn up an ordinance for the meeting and there was to be an approval for an election notice but both of these matters were tabled until officials hear from McVey. A special meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Nov. 15, to discuss his findings. This will give Vaughn ample time to get the election notice in the paper before the deadline.

During department reports, Chief Parker reported the following activity: the serving of a warrant in the county, replacement of tires on the police car as well as realignment of the front end, arrest of a female subject for assault on a police officer, Gov. Nixon's visit to the city as well as a visit to Arbyrd teachers and students with Robert Looney, Vision 573, to address the children on how important it is to help people in your community. Parker added that there had been a break-in at City Hall with $490 being stolen with two doors being damaged. Other activity included picking up an individual on a $500 cash only bond, replacing a fuel line on the fire truck as well as writing several tickets.

In the water department, Mara noted that sometime Monday the city experienced a power surge which resulted in low pressure. He was called on Tuesday about it and when he checked it the pressure was between 21 abd 22 psi. He added that the breaker had tripped.

"I don't know what caused it but evidently it was a power surge," he said. He added that when he got home he received a call from Arbyrd and they were experiencing the same thing. He had to reset both breakers in both cities. Mara noted that the reading did not get below 20 so no boil water order was issued.

Regarding the lift stations, he noted that they were all doing fine. He has been adding blue dye for the algae and it seems to be working. Test results came in today with favorable results, lower readings. PH is down but not as low as it needs to be. Vinegar will probably be added as well, for about a month. Mara noted that he will give it about two months to see if it comes down any lower. Readings have been from 9.75 to around 9.8.

"We have to be below nine." The last reading was 9.05 so it is coming down.

Mara noted that repairs are still being done in the housing complex but added that it had been wet so all the work has not been completed. He added that residents seem to be happy with the progress the department has made.

Other matters discussed included the following:

* Audit proposals- The company that now does the audits for the city told Vaughn that they would continue to do it for $8,000. She has been attempting to get other bids but has been unsuccessful. One CPA out of Blytheville, Ark., has told the city that he would do it for $6,800. So far, this is the only bid the city has received. The city will be looking into this matter further.

* Update on depot- Seven pieces of decking needs to be put up, then tar paper and shingling can begin. There was discussion about the pros and cons of taking bids for finishing the roof but a decision was made to let Mara continue the work. He thinks he may be able to finish by Thanksgiving if the weather holds up.

* Warning siren- A grant has been submitted for this. Council approved placement of the alarm at Union and Knoble.

* Sale of old water truck- Bids will be taken from the end of November to 5 p.m., Dec. 13 and will be advertised in the paper "The Flashlight." Bids will be opened at the council meeting that night.

The next council meeting will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.

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