An­der­son Coun­cil Swears In New Of­fi­cials

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Megan Davis

An­der­son’s city coun­cil voted on Tues­day to ac­cept a bid for the paving of two trou­ble­some roads in town — Sellers Road and Park Street. Pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates placed costs be­tween $50,000 and $65,000. Coun­cil mem­bers voted to ac­cept the low bid from Hutchens Con­struc­tion at the cost of $67,453.50.

Res­i­dent Megan Grimes ap­proached the coun­cil seek­ing an ex­cep­tion to the city’s live­stock or­di­nance. Grimes lives on Sun­rise Hill Road and would like to raise 8-10 chick­ens in an at­tached run on her prop­erty. She pro­vided a let­ter of sup­port, signed by her neigh­bors. The coun­cil voted to grant Grimes an ex­cep­tion.

Af­ter swear­ing in re-elected of­fi­cials, Al­der­man Don Hines and Mayor John Sellers, the city wel­comed David Roark as the new­est West Ward Al­der­man. Roark filled the seat pre­vi­ously held by Chris Cable.

The coun­cil then ap­pointed Al­der­man Ch­ester Neel as mayor pro-tem and Jonathon Pierce as city at­tor­ney. Mayor Sellers asked that Pierce re­search an or­di­nance pro­hibit­ing “jake-brak­ing” in town.

Ea­gle Scout-hope­ful Korbin Fis­cher ap­proached the coun­cil re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial Ea­gle Scout pro­ject. Fis­cher said he would like to build a new pavil­ion at Town Hole to beau­tify the area and pro­vide ad­di­tional shel­ter. The pavil­ion would be wooden, con­crete re­in­forced with a metal roof. Fam­ily, friends and trained troop lead­ers would as­sist Fis­cher in the con­struc­tion. The coun­cil ex­pressed pos­i­tive in­ter­est and asked Fis­cher to re­turn at the next meet­ing with blue­prints and a cost es­ti­mate.

Ken Schut­ten with the An­der­son Bet­ter­ment Club up­dated the coun­cil on a re­cent trail plan­ning meet­ing. The coun­cil ap­pointed Schut­ten as the city’s trail plan­ning li­ai­son in re­gards to the Harry S. Tru­man Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil. Schut­ten will rep­re­sent the city while at­tend­ing meet­ings and site re­views.

Schut­ten in­formed the coun­cil Mis­souri De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion en­gi­neers and HSTCC rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be vis­it­ing An­der­son from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, April 25, to con­duct a fea­si­bil­ity re­view re­gard­ing trail paths that were sug­gested at the afore­men­tioned trail meet­ing. Schut­ten en­cour­aged coun­cil mem­bers to at­tend if pos­si­ble.



Al­der­man Gene Cantrell asked Fire Chief Shelby Turner if a new A/C unit was se­cured for the fire de­part­ment. Turner replied the bid for a re­place­ment was $4,700. He said he’s look­ing to pur­chase a unit and in­stall it him­self at a frac­tion of the price. The coun­cil voted to ap­prove the pur­chase of a new unit.

Coun­cil mem­bers dis­cussed the need to com­pile a list of op­er­a­ble fire hy­drants in town.

Po­lice Chief Seth Daniels re­ported rent­ing a stor­age unit to make space in the po­lice de­part­ment and se­cur­ing de­struc­tion or­ders for out­dated ev­i­dence.

Daniels in­formed the coun­cil that two pa­trol ve­hi­cles need new tires at the cost of $115 each. The coun­cil voted to ap­prove the pur­chase of new tires.

Pub­lic works di­rec­tor Ben Shoe­maker re­ported re­pair­ing four leaks and in­stalling flood­gates on Jef­fer­son Street — a stream cross­ing prone to flood­ing. He said he or­dered new bulbs for the waste­water plant’s UV sys­tem at the cost of $3,700.

Al­der­man Neel in­quired about progress on the used wa­ter tower the city pur­chased from Pineville last year. Mayor Sellers said the prop­erty owner is re­view­ing the city’s ease­ment re­quest and the city is await­ing DNR per­mits.

Shoe­maker pro­vided es­ti­mates on a mini-ex­ca­va­tor, per the coun­cil’s re­quest. The street de­part­ment cur­rently rents a mini-ex for $1,600 per month. Shoe­maker pro­posed pur­chas­ing the equip­ment at a to­tal cost of $45,000 over the course of three an­nual pay­ments.

Mayor Sellers asked Shoe­maker to re­search a lease-toown pos­si­bil­ity.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil:

Paid $2,500 to­ward the city’s Ar­vest line-of-credit;

Trans­ferred $2,500 from the Gen­eral Fund to the Sum­mer Re­cre­ation Fund;

Re­newed the city’s mem­ber­ship with the Harry S. Tru­man Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil at the cost of $650; and

Heard com­plaints from res­i­dent Daniel Dil­lard re­gard­ing washout near his home, un­wanted pub­lic al­ley ac­cess next to his prop­erty, the con­di­tion of the Sec­ond Street Park, and a po­ten­tially un­safe park­ing sit­u­a­tion.


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