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Shirley council talks about storm damage, Homecoming

Democrat Staff

The June 3 storm in Shirley that caused several thousand dollars in damage to city-owned buildings was on the agenda for the Shirley City Council at its June 11 meeting.

City Recorder/Treasurer Melissa Worthing told the council that Columbia Insurance has issued a check for $819 to the city to cover damage to the museum building’s roof after the deductible and depreciation costs. Replacement cost for the roof was placed at $1,899.96.

The roof of the Community Center also was damaged. It is insured through the Municipal Property Program and the city is waiting to hear back from the adjuster, Worthing said.

The council discussed whether to put a metal roof or shingle roof on the museum. It decided to seek estimates on both.

In other storm-related news, Mayor Johnny Sowell told the council that a bucket truck on loan from Stone County after the storm was sustained about $2,800 in damage while being operated by the volunteer fire chief. He said he is looking into whether the city has any liability coverage or if the fire department, which is insured by the same company as Stone County, could perhaps pay Stone County’s deductible.

On another topic, councilors wrapped up discussion of the 2012 Homecoming, and all said they had heard no complaints. The event, they said, was a success.

At the council’s May meeting, Layna Jones addressed the council about the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program. The program is a 30-week school readiness-involvement program for parents of 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children. The Main Street Daycare has been awarded the contract to administer the program for Van Buren and Stone counties. Jones said the contract has created four new full-time and three part-time jobs in Shirley.

The council also unanimously accepted a bid from John Hasting/Beaver Bay Development for a paving bid. The bid was $105 per ton for paving work to be done on the city’s time table.

The council’s next meeting will be July 9.

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