Leachville council meets in special session

Thursday, January 9, 2003

The Leachville City Council met in special session on Dec. 30 to amend the 2002 city budget and to make plans for the new year.

City Clerk Treasa Austin presented the proposed 2002 general revenue budget along with actual expenditures in each department. Proposed cash receipt income for 2002 was listed at $469,900 and actual income was $576,391.19.

Department expenses included administration proposed expenses $96, 500. and actual $116,50l.70. Other administration expenses proposed $432,000 and actual $39,395.19; police expenses proposed $157,000, and actual, $162,225.21; other police expenses proposed $184,400, and actual $257,086.07.

Poposed budget for the 2002 street department listed total proposed income at $197,500 with an actual income at $258,300.74. Total street department proposed expenditures were $197,500 and actual expenditures $232,878.08.

The council voted unanimously to amend the 2002 budget.

City Christmas lighting winners, for 2002 first, second and third place winners, were announced and monetary prizes were given. Business lighting contest winners were, $100 to Phyllis Beauty Shop; $50 to Candie's Beauty Shop; and $25 to Ladd's Auto Parts. Residential winners included, $100 to Tracey and Becky Brown; $50 to Henry and Ethel Hetler; and $25 to Lee and Sheilia Spurlock.

The council unanimously approved a 1.4 percent increase in city employee salaries for 2003. Rick Hamilton asked if the increase included city clerk, Treasa Austin.

"It always had in the past," Mayor Ralph Wells said.

"I don't think it should include Treasa, as she is an elected official," Councilman Bill Hetler said.

The council voted unanimously to exclude Austin from the salary increase.

"Do we need a budget for the water department?" Alderman Hetler asked.

"We never have had one," Mayor Wells said. "We can't spend more than we take in and we haven't done that. The budget is just something that we have to go by."

"Does everyone know that we have to have purchase orders for anything bought over $100 for the new year?" asked Hetler.

"Yes, and Treasa has ordered the purchase order forms," Wells said.

Buffalo Island Classic Cruiser member Ethel Henry presented Mayor Wells with a check for $200 earmarked for use by the city fire department.

The next scheduled council meeting will be held on January 6, beginning at 7 p.m. Newly elected councilmen taking office at that time will be Shelia Spurlock, Karen Wallace and Rick Hamilton.

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