Carl Junction, Mo.

City Council

Carl Junction should hire a full-time police detective with revenue derived from new businesses, City Councilman Richard Zaccardelli said during the council's Tuesday meeting.

Carl Junction police arrested three people last week for burglaries in the Briarbrook area.

Zaccardelli said the council should discuss adding the officer again when planning next year's budget.

Attendance, next meeting: Attending the meeting were Mayor Jim Wisdom, and council members Pat Smith, Gary Stover, Mike Moss, Barbara Evans, Mike Palmer, Wayne Smith and Richard Zaccardelli. Councilman Walter Hayes was absent. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Carl Junction City Hall: (417) 649-7237.

Staff writer Jeff Wells may be reached at 623-3480, ext. 7362, or jwells@joplinglobe.com.

Carthage, Mo.

Board of Education

Projections that the Carthage R-9 School District will have more than 4,000 students in 2008 have prompted the School Board to take another look at building options.

The board will hold a special meeting on Nov. 8 to review the building scenarios discussed before an unsuccessful 2003 bond issue proposed to construct a new building for sixth- and seventh-grade students, according to Superintendent Gary Reed.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fairview Elementary School

The agreement for the special meeting came during the board's regular meeting Monday.

In other business, the board:

Heard a report on an audit of district finances from Debbie McCoy of BKD that included an "unqualified opinion" that showed the problems with district finances and accounting procedures.

Learned that the district has applied for a grant that, if approved, would fund a district-wide paper recycling program.

Heard reports on bus ridership, instructional effectiveness and district finances.

Attendance, next meeting: Debbie Baugh, Nate Stokes, Dan Beck, Neel Baucom, Tony Diggs, Michael Westhoff and Danny Lambeth attended the meeting. The board's next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at Fairview Elementary School.

District offices: (417) 359-7000.

Staff writer Susan Redden may be reached at 623-3480, ext. 7258, or sredden@joplinglobe.com.

Grove, Okla.

City Council

The Grove City Council on Tuesday agreed to waive rental fees at the civic center for two events scheduled in November.

The $250 rental fee at the Grove Civic Center was waived for the United States Air Force Jazz Band of Mid-America. The group will hold a free concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. The fee was also waived for the Grove Ministerial Alliance, which will host a community Thanksgiving service on Nov. 6.

In other business, the council approved a resolution authorizing participation with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for improvements at the intersection of State Highway 59 and 13th Street. The city's projected expenses are $45,000.

Attendance, next meeting: Mayor Carolyn Nuckolls, Charles Rowe, David Adzigian and Dave Helms were present. Randy Jobe was absent. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2.

City offices: (918) 786-6107.

Globe correspondent Sheila Stogsdill may be reached at (918) 787-9581.

Lamar, Mo.

City Council

After months of debate, the Lamar City Council has adopted new ordinances for Lamar's city parks.

The new rules include:

A damage/cleanup deposit of between $25 and $100 will be required for reserving the park's shelters. If the shelters are deemed to be in good condition after they have been used, then the deposit will be returned.

With the prior approval of the parks board, park tables can be borrowed for use outside of the park with a $25 deposit per table, not to exceed $500.

All scheduled events in the park must meet with the parks board for approval 60 days prior to the event and give a $100 cleanup/damage deposit. There will be a user fee of $100 for fund-raisers and humanitarian events and separate user fees for events that charge admission.

Anyone who holds an event without the approval of the parks board can be fined between $100 and $500.

The council decided there will be a grace period before these rules are enforced and will work to raise public awareness of them.

Attendance, next meeting: Mayor Keith Devine, councilmen Steve Rawlings, Steve Gilkey, Joe Purinton, Kent Harris, Tom Shields, Bob Medlin, Harold VanDemark and Mike Millar attended the meeting. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at Lamar City Hall.

Lamar City Hall: (417) 682-5554.

Staff writer Jeremiah Tucker may be reached at 623-3480, ext. 7297, or jtucker@joplinglobe.com.

Picher, Okla.

City Council

The Picher City Council this week approved a trash service fee increase designed to help reimburse the city's trash hauler for increased fuel costs.

City Clerk Carolyn Elmore said the City Council on Tuesday approved the request for the fuel adjustment charge increase from a representative with Osborne Trash Service, Scammon, Kan.

Elmore said trash bills for city customers will increase by 40 cents, from $8.10 to $8.50 per month.

In other business, the council:

Approved a change in the city's procedure of disconnecting water service to customers. Elmore said customers have had two months to pay a delinquent bill before service was disconnected. Under the change, customers will have 15 days from the time they receive the delinquent bill to pay it before service is disconnected.

Approved the police department applying for an Oklahoma District Attorney's Grant for equipment.

Attendance, next meeting: Mayor E.A. Freeman and council members Gabe Huffman, Phillip Johnson, Joann Freeland and Tim Reeves were present. No one was absent. The council next meets beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Picher City Hall: (918) 673-1765.

Staff writer Roger McKinney may be reached at 623-3480, ext. 7364, or rmckinney@joplinglobe.com.

Pineville, Mo.

Board of Aldermen

More than a year after a drunken-driving accident that totaled one if its patrol cars, the Pineville marshal's office will receive a replacement car.

At Tuesday's meeting, the Pineville Board of Aldermen approved spending $16,000 and trading in another car for a new car to be delivered later this week or early next week.

Marshal David Beshears said the department has been operating one car short since a May 22, 2003, accident in which a drunk driver hit one of the department's cars at the intersection of County Route W and U.S. Highway 71.

That accident sent former Deputy Marshal Matthew Moore to the hospital with serious injuries and resulted in a seven-year prison sentence for Huey Kennedy, 41, Pea Ridge, Ark., who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in December 2003.

In June, the city sued Kennedy and his insurance carrier after failing to reach a negotiated settlement over replacing the car and police equipment in the car.

Attendance, next meeting: Mayor Janis Melton and Aldermen Barbara Williams, Pat Beshears, Mel Tidwell and Bob Milton were present. The next regular meeting will be 6:30 p.m., Nov. 8.

Pineville City Hall: (417) 223-4368.

Staff writer John Hacker may be reached at (417) 623-3480, ext. 7363, or jhacker@joplinglobe.com.

Sarcoxie, Mo.

City Council

The observance of Halloween will remain Sunday, Oct. 31, in Sarcoxie.

Several residents had inquired if the City Council was going to change the date for trick-or-treating because Halloween falls on a Sunday. The council decided Tuesday that it will remain on Sunday.

The council heard from three residents during the meeting.

Delmar Edwards, 318 S. Fifth St., asked questions about the new ordinance that requires ditches to be kept free of trash and debris.

Linda Foster, 1603 Center St., complained about students congregating at Stebbins Park before school.

Anna Billington, 1310 Clarence St., asked that her water bill be adjusted because of a water leak. It was the first such request that the council heard since adopting a policy that such appeals go to the panel. The council agreed to lower her bill.

Attendance, next meeting: Mayor Alice Canfield, and council members Ruth Sageser, Lawrence Katzfey, Scott McKay and Greg Seedorf attended the meeting. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Sarcoxie City Hall: (417) 548-7242.

Staff writer Jeff Wells may be reached at 623-3480, ext. 7362, or jwells@joplinglobe.com.

Seneca, Mo.

Board of Education

A year after the Seneca R-7 School District adopted a new math program for kindergarten through fifth grade, it's still drawing some complaints.

Superintendent Joe Layton said the school began last year using Everyday Mathematics, a curriculum developed by the University of Chicago. It uses more games and activities than drilling to teach youngsters math skills.

Layton said a few parents and one teacher addressed the board Tuesday to voice their objections to the program. A few teachers also spoke in favor of the program.

"Since it's a different way of teaching, it takes a while for teachers and kids to adjust," he said.

In other business, the board:

Heard complaints from parents who object to the middle school girls basketball coach deciding this year to close practices to parents. The coach said having parents is too distracting, Layton said. The board took no action.

Amended the district's budget to call for $11,462,898 in expenses, including $257,926 in deficit spending. The previous year's budget allocated $11.6 million.

Attendance, next meeting: Board members John Adams, Mark Bridges, Scott Cooper, Jamie Lankford, Brian Roark, Gregg Spittler and Deann Woodward attended the meeting. The board's next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

Superintendent's office: (417) 776-3426.

Staff writer Dena Sloan may be reached at 623-3480, ext. 7263, or dsloan@joplinglobe.com.

Webb City, Mo.

Board of Education

The Webb City Board of Education on Tuesday approved refinancing $4.5 million worth of bonds issued in 1997 to help pay for the construction of three schools.

Superintendent Ron Lankford said Wednesday that the move will save the district $355,000. The savings will come from the district paying off the bonds earlier than scheduled and paying a lower interest rate, Lankford said.

In other business, the board:

Reviewed the independent audit of the 2003-2004 school year. The district, which anticipated deficit spending, finished the year about $65,000 ahead.

Learned that the October attendance report show enrollment is up 114 students over last year. Webb City's current student population is 3,783.

Attendance, next meeting: Board President Will Roderique and members Dave Collard, Kent Taylor, Jeanne Newby, and Terry James attended the meeting. Ron Oney and Lucinda Copeland were absent. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.

District office: 673-6000.

Staff writer Jeff Wells may be reached at 623-3480, ext. 7362, or jwells@joplinglobe.com.

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