Commissioner Tom Shelley spoke about the current
status of the street department and Carthage
roads during the Public Works committee meeting
Shelley said that
throughout the course of the storms and
subsequent cleanups the department has incurred
approximately 1,150 man-hours overtime, the
majority of which were generated in January.
Shelley noted that this overtime is partially due
to the fact that four out of the five recent
precipitation-bearing storms had occurred on
Fridays and weekends.
Council recently approved a motion to increase
comp time for the department from 80 hours to 120
Shelley added that
the department had used 2,400 gallons of diesel
fuel in January.
Over 1,000 tons of
cinder and grit have been dumped on the streets
during the storms but as long as the temperature
is below freezing, Shelley said, the street
sweeper cannot be operated. A water spray system
inside the vehicle prevents erosion caused by the
debris which is taken into the sweeper at a very
high speed. If the temperature is below freezing,
the water sprayer will freeze and the $130,000
machine could be damaged. Not being able to
utilize the sweeper is a source of frustration
towns a mess," said Shelley, shaking
his head. "It will take a long time to get
it cleaned up."
Shelley said that
if no more ice falls and the temperature stays
above freezing the street cleanup will take at
least two months to complete.
Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2007 Annual
Banquet entitled "Carthage Connections: Your
Chamber Game Show" on Thursday, February 8th
at the Carthage Memorial Hall. Over 250 Chamber
Members and community leaders stepped out to
support the Chamber and the nights award
A Social Hour,
including an inter-active Game Show performed by
the Carthage Senior High School Drama Department
and Silent Auction, was held from 6PM-7PM
followed by dinner, catered by Continental
Catering of Joplin, and the awards ceremony.
description of each award and the 2006 recipient
is provided below.
Award- George Earl, Carthage and Kenneth
Given as a token
of appreciation by the outgoing Chamber Chairman
to the individual or business who has stood out
because of their continued insight, support
and/or encouragement during their one-year term
Humanitarian Award- Dr. Raphael Torontow,
Presented to an
individual who has greatly enhanced the health
care profession and the general community through
their service and/or career.
Jo Mueller, Joplin
Awarded to a local
artist whose work has continually inspired and
drawn recognition from the artisan community.
JoAnn Evans, Carthage
recognized award presented to a businesswoman
each year whose work and/or career have helped to
inspire and improve the local business community
and fellow businesswomen.
2nd grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary
Carthage Senior High School business teacher
Health Education teacher at Carthage Junior High
Physical Education teacher at Mark Twain and
Carthage Junior High School principal
Schreiber Foods, Inc., Carthage
Awarded to one
business each year that has contributed to the
overall enhancement of the business community of
Carthage through revitalization of improvements
made to their business location.
of the Year Award- Grundys Body &
Frame Shop. owned by Frank and Betty Saferite,
Presented to one
business each year that has provided a positive
image and been a vibrant entity within the
Carthage business community.
Webster Citizen of the Year Award- Kenneth
Given in memory of
the late Senator Richard M. Webster, the Citizen
of the Year is presented to an individual who has
devoted much of their time to the improvement and
enhancement of the Carthage community as a whole.