The Versailles City Council in their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 14, amended the city’s drugs, alcohol, and safety procedures policy to include the use of mouth swabs. The policy also states all “special needs” employees (defined as employees operating motor vehicles, heavy equipment operators, police officers, and members of the fire department) shall be subject to random testing for alcohol, controlled substances, or drugs at any time during duty hours.
All city employees are subject to testing upon reasonable suspicion of usage.
Well Pump Motor
Charles Hibdon, Public Works Department supervisor, reported the city’s wells and pumps have been tested. It was discovered the starter motor on Well No. 2 was reading several million Ohms below normal, indicating the motor’s windings are “nearly shot.” A replacement starter motor will cost approximately $8,000, but Hibdon said they are hard to find. An alternative is to have the motor rebuilt (install new windings, etc.). The council approved the rebuild option.
Hibdon also reported Capital Asphalt will begin overlay work on select streets toward the end of July.
Fireworks Update
The city council approved Hale Fireworks and Versailles Lions Club to sell fireworks from inside city limits.
Premier Pyrotechnics out of Richland was chosen to provide the annual Independence Day fireworks show for the City of Versailles. The show will run from approximately 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 3 from the ball field at the city park.
Wastewater Plant
Lonnie Madole, wastewater plant manager, reported May was a good month with “nothing breaking.” The new expanded Walnut Street line has “helped tremendously” in reducing inflow and infiltration (I&I). “We are pretty happy with that part of the project,” Madole said.
In a related matter, Police Chief Chad Hartman reported installation of security cameras on city properties, along with a related monitoring system, continues. This includes cameras at the wastewater plant.
Officers on patrol will be connected to the monitoring system through software, using an iPad in the patrol car. Alerts can be seen in real time, allowing more rapid responses.
Council Briefs
– Sgt. Mike Miller will be attending certification classes in Crime Scene Investigation.
– Enforcement of codes for electrical connection service are being considered, requiring a breaker on the outside of a residence before service will be connected (by provider Ameren Missouri) on all new construction.
– Missouri State Parks is slated to mow along the Rock Island Trail.
– The city has an opportunity to apply for another $10,000 DHSS grant.
– The fuel tanks and related electrical system at the airport is still not up to standard. Options are being considered.
The next meeting of the council is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at City Hall in Versailles.