HORNERSVILLE, Mo. - The City of Kennett has loaned a fire truck to the Hornersville Fire Department due to issues with the rural community's current truck.
During the Hornersville City Council meeting council members discussed the need for a new fire truck for the city. During recent weeks the city's fire truck has had several problems including not being able to pump water. The city has applied for a grant to purchase one, but has not had a response yet.
State Representative Kent Hampton and Larry Kelley, local emergency management director of Dunklin County, have been contacted and they have been in touch with Mitzi Dell, the city's grant writer, regarding the status of the grant.
After reviewing costs of possible outright purchases, the discussion was tabled until the city learns something regarding the grant application.
In matters concerning safety, Police Chief Jo Beth Patterson told council members that during the past two months, the department had received a total of 99 calls. Included in the calls were thefts, dog calls, prowlers, security alarms, and domestic problems. There were also three warrants served.
Chief Patterson has also been addressing emergency measures at the Hornersville Middle School. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, she has been working to secure these measures in case of a shooting or if another emergency may arise at the school. The Hornersville Fire Department has been contacted regarding working with her if a situation like this should arise.
Mayor Foresythe posed a question regarding the relocation of a sex offender that presently lives close to the school, to which Chief Patterson said he had not moved as of this time. After a brief discussion, Council member Billy Wyrick made a motion to have an ordinance drawn up requiring sex offenders to also register with the Hornersville Police Department as well. The motion carried 3-0. City Clerk Elisa Johnson will also be working it.
Chief Patterson also reported to the council that Sgt. Rainey and an officer from Kennett who are with the highway patrol will be doing certifications that are required for police officers to carry a taser gun. The cost to certify all Hornersville police officers is $50 and the city will have to provide the cartridges for the taser gun. The cost for the cartridges are approximately $60 for two.
Also discussed was the problem of individuals in their vehicles running over the fire hoses at the scene of a fire. A motion was made for Johnson to have an ordinance ready pertaining to water hoses and interfering with emergency vehicles and emergency scenes.
Discussed briefly was raising the flying fee at the airport from $300 annually to $1,000 annually and also requiring $1,000,000 in liability insurance to be carried by the individuals flying at the Hornersville Airport. The matter was tabled for discussion at the next meeting.
Other matters discussed included the following:
* The city received two estimates on replacing the community building roof. There was one from Quality Roofing for $25,000 and one from Bill Trowbridge for $17,000. This was also tabled.
* Council members also discussed the need for the police to have a carport where they could park their cars. A motion was made and approved to purchase a single carport for $650 including installation.
* Chief Patterson told the board that most of the department's radios have been programmed for narrowband.
* The Little River lease agreement for 2013 is due for $100. Following a brief discussion, it was decided upon not to pay the lease. The city doesn't have the time or the funds to care for the property.
* Assistant Fire Chief Chris Bolt told reported there were three fire calls and two first responder calls for the month.