Noel Res­i­dents Call For Re­cy­cling Cen­ter To Shut Its Doors

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Sev­eral peo­ple called for the clos­ing of the re­cy­cling cen­ter in Noel, say­ing it wasn’t cost ef­fec­tive and served no pur­pose.

Some Noel res­i­dents voiced their con­cerns dur­ing the open fo­rum at the coun­cil meet­ing Tues­day night at city hall, ask­ing if the re­cy­cling cen­ter was fis­cally sound. A grant — and money from other de­part­ments — help sub­si­dize the cost of op­er­a­tions, city of­fi­cials said.

Noel city coun­cil mayor pro-tem, Wil­liam Rose, said the cen­ter is “op­er­a­tional.” When asked if the cen­ter could be closed, he replied that is one as­pect cur­rently be­ing dis­cussed.

Rose filled in for Mayor Lewis Davis and his wife, Al­der­man Faye Davis, who were at a con­fer­ence.

The cen­ter’s op­er­a­tion and dis­ar­ray were sub­jects of dis­cus­sion ear­lier this sum­mer. Re­cy­cling cen­ter of­fi­cials were given 30 days’ no­tice to clean up the cen­ter. Sev­eral on hand Tues­day night pointed out that more than 30 days have passed. City of­fi­cials said the cen­ter has been cleaned up some but not to­tally cleaned up.

An ex­ter­mi­na­tor was re­cently called in to see if he could spray for bugs and fleas. He said un­til the cen­ter was com­pletely cleaned up, his ef­forts to spray would be fruit­less, city of­fi­cials said.

“It (the cen­ter) needs to be axed,” said Coun­cil­man Lon­nie Huck­aby.

Res­i­dents asked who would make the de­ci­sion to close the cen­ter and what time­frame city of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing.

Al­der­man Ally Peck said she be­lieves the sit­u­a­tion will be rec­ti­fied. “There will be a res­o­lu­tion

com­ing very soon,” she said.

In other busi­ness, the city coun­cil ap­pointed sev­eral mem­bers to a new plan­ning and zon­ing com­mit­tee. Peck ex­plained that the city has to have such a com­mit­tee in place to be able to ap­ply for grants for a trail.

Dur­ing re­ports, Fire Chief Bran­don Bar­rett said the depart­ment re­sponded to one struc­ture fire, three ve­hi­cle fires, one brush fire, eight mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents and had 15 EMS calls in the past month. Of all those calls, staff mem­bers had to uti­lize the Jaws of Life in three of the ac­ci­dents.

Staffers also de­liv­ered a baby, he said.

Bar­rett asked if the depart­ment could re­turn two trucks to Lana­gan which were ac­quired in 2011 as part of the area’s tran­si­tion into the Noel op­er­a­tion. Bar­rett said the depart­ment has not used those two trucks and would like to re­turn them, he said. Coun­cil mem­bers agreed.

Randy Wil­son of the Noel Mar­shal’s Of­fice re­ported the depart­ment re­ceived 300 calls, in­clud­ing two bur­glar­ies, 15 cit­i­zens’ as­sists, six dis­tur­bances, 10 do­mes­tic, 10 thefts, three fraud, two miss­ing per­sons, one sex­ual as­sault and 17 sus­pi­cious in­ci­dents in the last month.

He added that the city has ex­pe­ri­enced 14 driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated charges, com­pared to only three charges this time last year.

Wil­son said he had just learned today that the depart­ment will be the re­cip­i­ent of a grant, which will en­able it to pur­chase one or two radars and three new ra­dios. Coun­cil mem­bers also: Agreed to be­gin meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. on the sec­ond Tues­day of each month at city hall. The city coun­cil had met at 6 p.m. — a change from 7 p.m. — dur­ing sum­mer months to try out the new time. Mem­bers, staff and those at­tend­ing could not agree on one par­tic­u­lar time. The coun­cil de­cided to split the dif­fer­ence and be­gin meet­ings at 6:30 p.m.

Said let­ters may be sent to all busi­nesses in town re­gard­ing keep­ing their trash dump­sters con­tained. Peck said some busi­nesses may need more than one dump­ster and the trash be­comes over­flow­ing, which cre­ates a mess. Wil­son said warn­ings are usu­ally given, and the busi­ness has 10 days to clean up the mess per a Mis­souri statute. If not, a ci­ta­tion is then given. Fees also can be in­creased for re­peat of­fend­ers, city of­fi­cials men­tioned.

Agreed to place a barn door on the re­cy­cling cen­ter as soon as pos­si­ble.

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