Al­der­men Ap­prove Light­ing Re­pair For City Ball­park

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Sally Car­roll

Still re­cu­per­at­ing from the dev­as­ta­tion left af­ter an EF-2 tor­nado ripped through the town just five months ago, Good­man al­der­men on Tues­day night ap­proved mak­ing some im­prove­ments at the city ball­park.

Al­der­men ap­proved Fa­gan Elec­tric’s bid of $43,750 to re­pair ball­park light­ing and dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing the lights low­ered by sev­eral feet so they would be eas­ier to re­place and re­pair in the fu­ture.

Coun­cil mem­bers also dis­cussed a tree give­away, which is be­ing hosted by Em­pire Elec­tric and the Ar­bor Foun­da­tion. Good­man res­i­dents who lost a tree in the dev­as­tat­ing April 4 tor­nado will have a chance to get a free tree on Satur­day, Nov. 4. Any­one who lives within the city lim­its will be able to log on to a web­site — when it’s launched in com­ing weeks — and select from a Chi­nese dog­wood, prairie fire crab ap­ple, short leaf pine, swamp white oak or tulip tree. In ad­di­tion, City Coun­cil mem­bers will plant a tulip tree in the city park that day.

In other clean-up ef­forts, the com­mu­nity build­ing has been swept and cleaned in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the up­com­ing Ozark Or­chard Fes­ti­val next week. Mem­bers also dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of rais­ing money and pos­si­bly re­build­ing the gazebo that was lost in the tor­nado.

In other busi­ness, al­der­men ap­proved the pur­chase and set-up for a credit card ma­chine, which will be uti­lized for wa­ter, me­ter, court and tax col­lec­tion fees. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the 1st Com­mu­nity Bank said the ma­chine and set-up will cost around $500.

The coun­cil also ap­proved:

• The pur­chase of two back-up drives for the Po­lice De­part­ment’s com­puter sys­tem, as well as new ca­bling for the phone and com­puter. Po­lice Chief Curt Drake re­ported the phone and com­puter sys­tem’s wire ca­bling has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ma­jor prob­lems for years.

• Av­er­ag­ing Ear­line Wil­son’s wa­ter bill, due to sev­eral leaks.

• Bills in the amount of $33,128.42.

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