Questions, changes in city budget review
Odessa Board of Aldermen held the first of two workshops August 12 to review the fiscal year 2015 budget proposed by city staff under city administrator Jon Holmes. Meeting lasted three hours.
Aldermen made no decisions at the meeting, but individual aldermen and Adam Couch, mayor, did make requests to Holmes for alterations to items included in the budget.
In the first budget meeting aldermen reviewed general fund and parks and recreation department.
The city's debt service fund and enterprise funds including water, wastewater and electric were to be reviewed Tuesday night. However, late Tuesday afternoon that meeting was rescheduled for 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Odessa Fire and Rescue Protection District station.
There is no comprehensive summary of the entire proposed budget, but the general fund is projected to be balanced at $3,018,170.
The meeting began with Holmes giving a presentation on the mechanics of the city budget and his own concerns regarding the budget. Read more in The Odessan.
|City water repairs delayed for now
City of Odessa residents will not have to conserve water next week!
Paul Conway, public works director, called Tuesday afternoon to report that due to the delay in availability of parts for repairs at the water treatment plant, the needed work has been delayed. Read more in The Odessan.
First day... Kaylyn Seals, left, takes a moment on the first day of school for a photo with Robert Brinkley, superintendent. Seals is a kindergarten student in the classroom of Jennifer Hales. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Logan Seals.
Starting... Nicholas Hales, left, a second grade student in the classroom of Pam Smith, and Emilee Hales, a kindergarten student in the classroom of Heather Cobb, were among the 470 students who began classes Tuesday at McQuerry Elementary School. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Kory Hales.
$10,000 in city budget for purchase of Tasers
As the Odessa Board of Aldermen reviews the 2015 fiscal year budget, under consideration is whether to buy Tasers for the police department.
The budget, drawn up by city administrator Jon Holmes, specifies the Taser purchase would be a one-time, $10,000 budget item.
Earlier this year, Clint Maple donated $2500 to the city for Tasers. The department currently owns two Tasers, and 10 additional are in the budget.
Kevin Bellmyer, assistant chief of police, attended the budget meeting August 12 and discussed the department's plans regarding Tasers.
Tasers, also known as stun guns, are a brand-name product which emits electricity meant to jam the nervous system and temporarily incapacitate a subject. Read more in The Odessan.
Three-hour stand-off ends with arrest
A three-hour stand-off at Lake Lafayette ended with the arrest of a man who barricaded himself in a residence Friday night, according to a release by the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department.
Michael D. Burns, Lake Lafayette, fled into a residence after Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers attempted to arrest him on a warrant around 3:55 p.m. Friday, according to David Hanaway, chief county deputy. At the time, officers believed he had a large knife.
Hanaway said Lafayette County deputies and the Lafayette County crisis action team responded.
Crisis team includes officers from the Higginsville and Concordia police departments, who responded in their department's vehicles. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa R-7 enrollment at 2068
Students in the Odessa R-7 School District started classes Tuesday morning and despite the humid weather, experienced a good opening day.
First day enrollment of 2068 students was seven students down from the 2075 students who started classes in 2013.
However, as in past years, enrollment is expected to increase after Labor Day.
The sophomore class with 180 students is the largest in the district, followed closely by the seventh grade with 173 and the seniors, 171. Read more in The Odessan.
|Mold inspection results expected this week
Results of additional inspections of the Odessa police and emergency medical services building are expected this week, Adam Couch, mayor, said Tuesday.
Couch said the city has hired Grain Valley-based Nick's Inspection Services, who handled the air quality tests performed last month, to do a more thorough inspection. Couch said the firm has taken samples of the building's insulation to check for both mold and asbestos. Read more in The Odessan.