Large water tower to be cleaned without the need to drain it

It’s time to inspect and clean the inside of Webb City’s large water tower, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Rick Roth, street and water director, told Webb City Council members Monday that the cleaning and inspection can be done without emptying the tank. It has to be done about every five years.

Pittsburg Tank & Tower’s bid of $3,430, the lowest of two bids received, was accepted.

Otherwise during the short-agenda meeting, Mayor Lynn Ragsdale noted that “everyone pitched in” to deal with the flooding issues occurred last week when more than 5 inches of rain fell – at times quickly. 

Roth said public works employees were ready to finish work on bridges that had been damaged by a previous storm, but they held off because of the forecast. Now they can resume those repair jobs.

Malnourished dog

During the public comment portion of the meeting, neighbors Megan Dotson and Kaleigh Snyder said they were coming to the council as a “last ditch effort” to save a malnourished dog.

They also said the dog, kept at 605 N. Ball St., is neglected and abused and they know of two other dogs at that residence were malnourished before they died and were buried.

They named off several agencies they said have told them they are powerless to help. The Webb City Police Department and animal inspector are aware of the situation, they said.

Ragsdale said their concern was noted by him and the council. “We all love our pets,” he said.

Police Chief Don Melton gave his business card to both Dotson and Snyder.

In other action, the council approved Ragsdale’s:

• Appointment of Jessica Taylor to the Library Board.

• Reappointment of Sheila Harper, Gary White and Jan Waldie to the Park Board.

• Reappointment of Rick Utter and Chris Taylor to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Richard Copeland’s resignation from the Webb City Housing Authority board was accepted.