Leachville council hears bank construction plans

Thursday, June 26, 2003

The Leachville City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 16, and worked through a lengthy agenda.

Special guests Gregg Miller, President and CEO of the Southern Bank of Commerce, in Paragould, and Vice President, John Steele, addressed the council about plans to build a full-service branch bank in the city. The bank was organized in 1999 and currently has banks in Paragould, Brookland, and Jonesboro.

Miller presented a 2 1/2 minute slide show of their banking establishment. Following a brief discussion, Miller requested permission from the council to purchase the acre lot on Main Street and Rodman to build the branch bank.

"We plan to hire 3 to 4 employees in the beginning, and accommodate more if warranted," Miller said. "We want to draw our branch manager and employees from Leachville. We would like to name the new location "the Rodman Plaza." We want our bank to be an asset to Leachville, and meet the needs of the people.

"There are big city banks, big city bank wannabes, and country banks," Miller said. "We are country bankers. We would compliment the current bank, and specialize in small loans. There are no minimum loan amounts."

The council voted unanimously to sell the property to Southern Bank of Commerce for $2,500.

Treasa Austin gave a report on her and Marcia Davis EOC trips to New York, and Washington, D.C. Davis attended the National Health Convention, as a member of the Mississippi County board of directors for EOC. Austin and Davis attended the National Head Start Convention in New York. Austin has served on the Mississippi County EOC board for six years.

"These conferences were very informative and I think they will benefit our city and county," Austin said.

City Police Chief, Kenneth Womack, reported on a Technical Transfer Training Session, that he attended recently in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Womack also reported on the ongoing drug epidemic in the city and the area. Several arrests have been made recently with the help of Mississippi County officers and the Missouri drug force.

Womack announced that all Leachville police officers have received their deputy certification to assist the county officials when requested.

The council discussed the ongoing mosquito problem in the city. The council voted to purchase a case (6 gallons) of mosquito repellant for use in problem areas, or during special events at the park.

The council reviewed complaints concerning unsightly and unsanitary properties in the city. One piece of property receiving complaints was the yard on Sixth Street and Nelson, reported idly belonging to William McFall, of Manila. The alley between Fifth and Sixth Streets, and Chatman and Ryerson, was reported as impassible, with overhanging limbs. The city agreed to take action on both reports.

The city will be advertising for bids on a white 1994 Chevrolet 4-door police car, with 153,000 miles on it. Also two trucks, a 1984 Chevrolet and a 1990 Dodge.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be help on July 14, beginning at 7 p.m.

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