Alderman Steve Alford made the motion to purchase the mower, adding that the street department will replace the parks department for mowing the streets and airport, as the parks department will be busy repairing the city swimming pool.
The John Deere tractor with a sickle bar mower attachment is estimated to cost about $35,700.
Street department supervisor Brian Blankenship told the board he made calls for bids, but found that only John Deere made the type of mower needed.
In other business, Alderman Bob Grimes motioned for the Two Mile Creek Bridge project to be completed. The board passed the issue unanimously for the parks department to install concrete aprons on both sides of the bridge to control erosion. Missouri Department of Transportation will fund the project.
Grimes also motioned for a cubical to be built around the city clerk's desk to allow privacy while working on audit reports. The board passed the issue unanimously and agreed Stanley Hedden and Randy Cowen will build the cubicle. No cost estimate was given.
Alford motioned for city workers to spread dirt at the Thayer School District softball field. The dirt was donated to the district, which has no way to spread it, according to board minutes. The issue passed 3-0, with Alderman Terry Tillman abstaining.
The board unanimously approved a motion for the parks department to hire summer help as needed at less than 32 hours per week.
Feb. 14 meeting
* During regular session on Feb. 14, the board unanimously approved having the 2007 delinquent personal property tax list published in the West Plains Daily Quill.
* The board accepted the bid of Mark Bryant to repair the street department's 2001 Ford pickup. No cost was given.
* The board agreed to buy a chop-saw and two DeWalt batteries for the parks department for $620.
* The board heard the city must now test water for eColi bacteria. The board unanimously agreed to buy the necessary testing equipment for $5,342.
* The board agreed to spend $350 to have the cemetery mower serviced.
* The board went into closed session at 7:25 p.m. with attorney Jane Drummond to discuss current lawsuits filed against the city. A motion was made in closed session regarding personnel, although the result of the motion was not disclosed.
* When the board returned to open session, no time was reported in the board minutes, Alderman Terry Tillman motioned for the employee handbook to be reviewed and updated by the board. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.