Richard Mara, street commissioner, informed council members that representatives of Schultz and Summers Engineering of Poplar Bluff, Mo., have been in the city conducting a survey of all the lift stations in order to find out the elevations of each. He also noted that there has been a survey done at the actual site of the lagoon. Later on, samples of the sludge at the lagoon will need to be examined as well. Mara added that it has been about a year since this was last done.
"They want to make sure what we did is actually what's out there. They want to have a second sample to go by. They said they're hoping we'll have a project design on paper by March so we'll have something to look at. They are in contact now with the lagoon manufacturer and working out the details for that so, hopefully, by March they'll have something on paper that we can actually look at," he said.
Presentation of the grant for the lagoon was done during the latter part of last year when Governor Jay Nixon came to the city and personally addressed members of the council as well as those from the community at city hall who had gathered for the event.
In other matters, Mara also reported on the latest progress in the water, sewer and street departments. He noted that everything is fine in the water department reporting that there were no leaks. Concerning the sewer, he added that all the lift stations are doing fine. Treatment is being done to bring the ph down using sodium biosulphate. Consideration was given to using vinegar to accomplish the same thing but according to Mara, the biosulphate is the less expensive of the two.
"It is doing what it needs to and it is going to be cheaper than the vinegar," Mara said, adding that the blue dye that is being used is also doing a good job.
Regarding the street signs, Mara noted that most of the signs are replaced. Also, due to the high winds that the area has experienced recently, part of the depot roof has been lost on the west side. He noted that there are enough shingles available to re-do it. Mara is pricing at different places the cost of siding and windows.
Also discussed was the most recent break in to the office at city hall. This makes the second time in recent months that the office has been broken into. The first time, cash was taken out of the drawer. This time, the perpetrators broke out the women's bathroom window and the window in the door into the office. Stolen was a black sentry safe valued at $339 and a net gun for dogs, valued at $410, totaling $1,137.42. Council members granted approval for a new safe to be purchased as soon as possible.
Mayor John Prince discussed with the council the idea of a committee to look into this matter, such as pricing an alarm system. Volunteers for the committee were Jesse Taylor, Mayor Prince, Police Chief Anthony Parker, and Charlie Smith.
During the police report Chief Parker noted that there had been the following activity in the city: arrest of an individual for driving with a suspended license and out of state tags, worked a case concerning a stolen food stamp card, stolen auto vehicle from M&I Auto Sales, arrest of an individual on an old city warrant, was called to the school regarding an incident of two girls fighting, issued tickets on a dog violation charge, arrest of an individual on a DWI and assault on a police officer which is a county charge, storm door glass broken at the Baptist Church, grass fire on Phyllis Drive, four Christmas parades which included Kennett, Cardwell, Senath and Hornersville, four 911 calls, two accidents and two funerals.
During public participation, the matter of the stray cats in town was discussed. One local citizen came to the meeting to voice her concerns. Many are obviously sick. Councilman Smith asked if there were an ordinance regarding cats to which City Clerk Mary Vaughn reported there were none. Smith will be doing research into the ordinances of the city to see if any addresses cats. The only thing is, if the cats are caught there is no place to keep them. Smith noted that he has seen a website for an organization called "Fix Nation." This organization will come to a city and neuter or spay cats and release them back into the population. Eventually, since there is no way to reproduce, eventually they will die off. Smith is to check further into this matter.
In other matters, the following were approved:
* Approval was granted for the final budget for the year 2012;
* Council members approved the city's financial statement for publication.
The next city council meeting will be at 6 p.m., February 14, 2013.