Safety Is­sues Top Coun­cil Meet­ing

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

Good­man city of­fi­cials dis­cussed on Tues­day night the lo­gis­tics of fu­ture ac­cess to a FEMA safe room, which will be housed in the new Good­man school.

The for­mer school was se­verely dam­aged in the April 2017 tor­nado. When plans were de­signed for the new school, the build­ing was ap­proved to have a FEMA safe room, with a 70-ci­ti­zen ca­pac­ity, said emer­gency man­age­ment di­rec­tor De­nis Kolb.

Po­lice Chief Curt Drake said he ini­tially ap­proached school of­fi­cials about hav­ing a lock­box with a key and code ac­cess to the FEMA safe room. Ide­ally, any coun­cil mem­ber or staff mem­ber could get the code, then get the key from the lock­box and open the FEMA safe room, in case of a tor­nado.

“That way, we wouldn’t have to wait for a key­holder,” Drake said.

City coun­cil mem­bers en­cour­aged Drake to set up a meet­ing with school of­fi­cials so the is­sue could be dis­cussed.

In ad­di­tion, Kolb pre­sented the coun­cil with some in­for­ma­tion about a sys­tem which would alert cit­i­zens of an ap­proach­ing storm, and that the FEMA room is open. The sys­tem would send out

mes­sages to cit­i­zens who chose to pay for the ser­vice. The coun­cil will re­view the in­for­ma­tion.

In other news, Mayor Greg Rich­mond re­ported that he had con­tacted Mis­souri Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials, upon the rec­om­men­da­tion of con­cerned ci­ti­zen Con­nie Le­tourneau. She had asked coun­cil mem­bers at the Sept. 4 meet­ing to con­sider plac­ing signs near that spot and putting a cross­walk from Casey’s to Dol­lar Gen­eral. She said she had no­ticed sev­eral kids run­ning across the high­way from Casey’s to Dol­lar Gen­eral and was con­cerned about their safety.

City at­tor­ney Duane Cooper had said dur­ing that meet­ing that any signs are owned by the state and that MO-DOT of­fi­cials would de­ter­mine any cross­walk.

On Tues­day night, Rich­mond said of­fi­cials are go­ing to con­duct a foot traf­fic sur­vey and will let city of­fi­cials know the find­ings of the study. If mer­ited, of­fi­cials may put up sig­nage near that sec­tion.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil:

Said it will re­view David McGar­rah’s rec­om­men­da­tions about the city’s wa­ter billing poli­cies;

Av­er­aged Betty Hayes Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber wa­ter bills, due to a leak;

Voted to change the Tues­day, Jan. 1, coun­cil meet­ing date to Wed­nes­day, Jan. 2;

Ap­proved the bills in the amount of $40,707.22 for the Sept. 18 meet­ing that was can­celed due to lack of a quo­rum, and $18,179.96 for the Oct. 2 meet­ing.

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