Both ordinances, 985 and 986, enter the city into mutual aide agreements with the Missouri Public Utilities Association and the American Public Power Association-National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Mayor Allen Deckard said this is a safety net for the city. He said if the city should experience any type of disaster, both utility companies would aide the city in restoring electricity.
The council also approved Ordinance 987. This will allow residents of the city who water their lawns and gardens to purchase a water meter from the city for $40 a year, including any fittings needed for the meter to hook up to a water hose. City employee Gary Barton said residents who use the water meters will not have to pay a sewer bill.
Barton gave the council updates on some of the projects he has been working on in the city, including improvements at the city airport. He told the council there are some cracking problems on the airport runway and some repairs are also needed to the parking areas at the airport.
The council voted to sell some timber on the airport property to offset the costs of the paving and sealing projects. Barton also told the council that trees near the airport runway had been trimmed.
Barton said he had met with an engineer from Scott Engineering and discussed the sidewalk enhancement project in the city. He said the engineer has not submitted a cost estimate for the project yet.
Barton said he has submitted an application for a grant to the USDA Rural Development Department for a new police car. He said he has also submitted a grant to the Missouri Department of Public Safety for a fence around the city water tanks as a security measure.
At the request of Alderman Buddy Rogers, city ordinance 983 to change the title of Barton from city manager to city administrator was tabled.
The council voted to set March 27-31 as cleanup week in the city.