From staff reports

Pittsburg, Kan.

City Commission

Members of the Pittsburg City Commission this week declined to give city workers the option of working on July 3, which has been declared a state holiday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Commissioners chose not to second Bill Rushton's motion to authorize City Manager Allen Gill to declare Monday a "floating holiday," allowing city workers to take the day off or work for holiday pay.

Sebelius' declaration applies to the state, but cities and counties do not have to observe the holiday. Crawford County offices will be closed Monday.

In other business, the commission approved a staff request to waive the bidding requirement and authorize an emergency replacement of the sanitary-sewer manhole at 20th Street and U.S. 69 Bypass.

"We're concerned that if we don't get it repaired, maybe it will collapse and cause a blockage in that area," said Bill Beasley, director of public works.

Replacement of the manhole will cost an estimated $12,500. Jim Radell Construction Co. of Pittsburg will handle the repairs.

The commission also:

Authorized the city staff to enter into an agreement with Mount Carmel Occupational Health for functional capacity evaluations. Prospective city employees will undergo a hands-on physical and fitness testing.

Approved a lone bid of $32,084.62 submitted by 3M Co. of St. Paul, Minn., for plastic pavement markings for Pine and Locust streets.

Approved an application for a $7,500 facade grant submitted by Burton Crowell, owner of Crowell's Drug Co., for work at 401 N. Broadway.

Heard from Clifford Hicks, who said he and his wife are opposed to the idea of closing Joplin Street permanently. The street is closed in front of Carnie Smith Stadium at Pittsburg State University while construction takes place at the stadium. While PSU has not made a formal request to permanently close the street, the university's master plan calls for the street to eventually be closed.

Seneca, Mo.

City Council

The Seneca City Council this week authorized repairs to well No. 2, because air is being pushed through the well.

Another priority, the council decided, will be the addition of chlorine to the water system to comply with Environmental Protection Agency standards. The city also plans to boost pressure in the Cherry Street area.

With remaining grant money, the city will look at installing new storage systems, upgrading valves, and replacing old and deteriorating supply mains and service connections.

In other business, the council discussed a possible 3 percent increase for Allied Waste Services trash-pickup service.

Attendance, next meeting: Mayor Gary Roark, Eric Decker, Bill Irvin, Eric Quee, Dennis Rogers, Truman Brady and John Adams attended. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 10, at City Hall.

City Hall: (417) 776-2723.

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