Options for Monette water tank examined

Thursday, December 6, 2001

The Monette city council met in regular session on Monday, November 26, and worked through a lengthy agenda.

Monette Mayor David Fletcher passed out copies of a proposed 2002 city budget. The council tabled their decision to accept the budget, allowing time to review or make possible changes.

Orion T. Osborne, of Phoenix Tank Services, a division of Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Inc., addressed the council concerning a city water tank proposal.

"We have been in the water tank business for over 16 years, Osborne said. "We build 190 water tanks yearly, which is about 16 a month. I talked with your mayor about 5 weeks ago about a water tank overview and some proposals. In order to see what shape your water tank is in we would need and inspection, which means draining it, washing it out with high pressure hose, checking it inside and out, disinfecting it with chloride and reviewing it's condition.

"After finish the inspection we can give you a cost estimate for regular maintenance, so you can work it into your budget, if you want our services," Osborne said.

"After your tank is inspected, you might want to consider turning the top of the tank into a revenue generator by marketing. Many companies are looking at putting towers on top of water tanks. I would market your tank to several interested parties and we would share the revenue from the towers on a 70/30 basis, with you receiving the 70 percent.

"Joiner, Turrell, Wilson, Osceola, Manila, Bay, Wynne, Marianna and Burdette are already into this marketing project," Osborne noted. "The average revenue is between $16,000 and $21,000."

After several questions and discussion from the council, they tabled their decision until next month, allowing time to consider Osborne's proposal.

Jimmy W. Orrick, general manager of Scruggs Equipment Company, Inc. addressed the council on waste collection trucks and street side containers.

"A better system can reduce pick up time, reduce the number of trucks and employees, reduce workman compensation rates, and secure trash," Orrick said. "The trash cart, used by customers, is poly-cast, durable and easy to move. It attaches to the garbage truck on the left side for easy pick up and emptying. It holds 90 gallons of trash, which means you can get a full week's worth of trash in it easily. The carts are $41.50 each."

Monette's current garbage truck is a 1989 model, and the council has discussed replacing it many times. Lease/purchase agreements would be availiable for the purchase of a new truck.

The council asked several questions and discussed the change of truck and container feasibility with Orrick, but tabled a decision until the council has time to review the total cost, and talk about a possible rate increase.

The council voted to purchase a new police car and two bullet-proof vests for policemen. The new police car will be a Ford Crown Victoria, with an estimated cost of $21,400. The current police car has 138,000 miles on it. The costs of the vests are $800 each, with 50 percent paid through the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

The council voted to accept the Buffalo Island Regional Water District's proposal to set water rates charged by the City of Monette at $1.50, per thousand gallons. This will be a 50 cent increase. The rate renewal will be up for review in three years, according to their contract.

The Monette Christmas Parade is set for December 3, beginning at 7 p.m.

The council approved $300 Christmas bonuses for full-time employees and $150 for the dog-catcher.

A working council meeting is planned for November 29, beginning at 6 p.m. A council meeting and city staff Christmas party, is scheduled for Friday, December 21. The council meeting begins at 10:45, with the potluck dinner to follow.

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