Area resident David A. Kyle was honored during Tuesday's Parsons City Council meeting for his recent actions in helping apprehend a criminal.
Just over a week ago, Kyle was in downtown Parsons on his way to work when he spotted a man carrying guns while walking away from a town building. Kyle followed the man on foot and watched him walk into his home. He then called the Parsons Police Department.
The police went to the man's home and found out that the man had stolen several items, including the guns, from two downtown businesses.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Casey Houser
David A. Kyle holds his plaque at the Parsons City Council meeting on Tuesday. Kyle was honored for assisting in the capture of a criminal. From left, back row, are Parsons City Officer E. C. Surguy, Councilman David Greenlief, City Recorder Connie Collins, Councilmen Timothy Auvil and David Gidley, Mayor Dorothy Judy and Councilwoman Melissa Jones.
Kyle was applauded for his efforts as Parsons City Police Officer E. C. Surguy handed him the plaque.
Following the ceremony, a discussion began concerning telemetry units that assist the water and sewer departments with analysis of system performance. Currently, half of the units work on a cellular signal, the other half are satellite-based.
There have been problems with the satellite units over the past two years. Since they were installed, gaps in the satellite signal prevent regular data updates at periods shorter than one hour. These gaps were not expected at the time of installation.
"In order to be good stewards with the public money, we need to take action," said Councilman Timothy Auvil.
It was recommended that the satellite units be replaced with cellular models, allowing for system uniformity and reliability a mixed- and satellite-based system can not provide.
Pressure will be put on the company that installed the satellite units. Specific action will be determined at the next council meeting, where details will be added and an action plan will be put to a vote.
Council members began a discussion on the possibility of building a mausoleum at the local cemetery. The issue was brought up because of the limited amount of burial sites left in the current site. Only approximately 300 plots remain, and the purchase of new land is off the table at this time.
A new mausoleum would add several plots, but it would be costly. A Harman fund that provides monies for the upkeep of the cemetery allows current plots to be sold for $100. Plots in the mausoleum would cost thousands, however.
The council will now try to determine, once the structure is built, if the demand for the relatively expensive plots will exist. Regarding this issue, Councilman David K. Greenlief, Sr. asked, "Why build an Eiffel Tower and not put an elevator in it?"
In the coming weeks demand will be determined in part by seeking the prices that are charged at several cemeteries in the surrounding area.
The evening concluded with discussions about the First and Second Street Streetscapes Project and the necessary repair of the Parsons City Maintenance Building.
The Streetscapes Project will replace the current streetlights with Bellagio LED streetlights.
"I am tickled to death about this project," said Parsons City Treasurer Jason Meyers.
Each new light is designed to look similar to the present models, except that they will be slightly shorter.
Concerning the maintenance building, the plywood is rotted out and the roof supports need replaced before the situation becomes any worse.
"It won't last another winter," Myers said.
"We're going to lose the roof on that thing. I don't know why it hasn't collapsed," Auvil added.
Due to the unanimous opinion immediate repairs are needed, a specific direction will be discussed further in the upcoming meeting.
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