The Leachville City Council met in regular session on July 14 working through a short agenda consisting of opening bids on city vehicles, and discussion of potential business properties.
Leachville Mayor Ralph Wells opened sealed bids on a Chevrolet Capri police car, a blue 1982 Chevrolet city truck and a white 1990 Dodge truck.
Two bids were received on the police car, $1,056 from Mack Hawkins and $1,456.78 from Larry Brown. The council voted to sell the car to Larry Brown.
Harold Posey Sr. was the only bidder on the two trucks, bidding $300 for the 1982 truck and $400 on the 1990 truck. The council approved the sale of the two trucks to Posey.
Mayor Wells announced that Susan Clifford from Arkansas Parks and Tourism would be visiting Leachville on July 24 to tour the city park. The city plans to apply for a new park grant when necessary details are completed.
Mayor Wells discussed the possibility of the city purchasing Doc Rodman Properties and other business property in front of the post office for future business sites and beautification.
"We have been told that we do not have the demographics to constitute the construction of a dollar store," Wells said. "We might need to look into putting in an independent dollar store. Surveyors are coming tomorrow to look at properties in the city. We have a lot of traffic coming through the city, but few people stop to shop here. Many people prefer to go out of town because we haven't been able to meet their needs locally.
"Anything we can do to help our town grow, we need to do it," Wells said. "We need to find out what
the needs of our people are and try to attract those type of businesses. We need to fill building vacancies with new businesses, either in part or completely."
The council discussed the need for youth recreation or entertainment to give young people something
to do locally.
Wells reported that the fire marshall had been in town recently checking into three random fires which started early in the morning.
"He gathered information and looked at the possibility of arson," Wells said. "Hopefully they will find the cause of the fires and put a stop to them before they get out of hand."
Alderman Sheila Spurlock related that the City of Leachville had been given a large Relay for Life sign, to be displayed. Aldermen discussed the possibility of placing the sign south of town, at the entrance to the city.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug 4, at Leachville City Hall.