Monday, September 12, 2022

Council signs agreement solving lingering issue

In regular session of the Butler city council last week, a situation regarding the sale of electrical power outside city limits led city leaders to find a solution and it was discovered that a territorial agreement with Osage Valley was non existent. 

This left both parties at a disadvantage regarding these matters and the fix was establishing such an agreement under the protocols established by the Missouri Public Service Commission. At this point it appears the current issue is resolved and any similar matters can be handled with much less complication.

Guest Brandy Ward, representing the Bates County Fair board approached the council for permission to hold motocross races on the fairgrounds next year. She indicated that the events will be insured and nothing will be needed from the city; she was advised to get the go-ahead from the events committee prior to council approval.

Several upcoming events were approved by the council including the Butler homecoming parade, Junk in the Trunk, the Bates County Health Foundation 5k run and Huckster’s Day. It was noted that the homecoming parade will be held on Thursday September 22nd, not Friday as in the past.

City Administrator Mike West informed the council that two bids are under consideration for the new AMI system which will offer automatic bill paying along with remote read ability for water and electric meters. A main feature of the system will be the ability for residents to track their usage in real time while allowing the city to be able to track outages quicker. There was a considerable difference in the two bids and the city is studying both to make sure it’s an apples to apples comparison.

The go-ahead was given to two engineering firms to put together specs and bid documents to replace roofing on the fire station. All paperwork should be done by later this Fall; the city will then be able to seek bids to get work done asap to protect the expensive equipment housed there.

The demolition of a condemned house at 408 W. Pine was delayed again due to unforeseen circumstances. The council advised that they will overcome any future obstacles related to this matter and codes will be enforced regardless.

Remember the Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays, 7pm, upstairs at the Butler city hall. The public is highly encouraged to attend.

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