The Leachville City Council voted to increase water connection and reconnection fees, increase employee salary, and continue with street cleaning at the regular city council meeting March 1.
The council voted to increase the reconnection free for water customers to $40, and original connection fee to $125. Two forms of identification will be required for water to be turned on, and the applicant must be at least 18 years old. This information is to be kept on file, for future reference.
A salary increase of $25 per week was approved for Robert "Butch" Barber, due to his obtaining a CDL license.
The council agreed to continue using Mark Thrasher to clean the downtown city streets, at $80 per week.
"He is doing a great job," Mayor Ralph Wells said. "He has a push machine to help clean, and he does the job at night when traffic is slower."
"I would like for him to clean in front of the theatre also," alderman Sheila Spurlock said. "It just makes it look so much nicer for the public when they enter the theatre."
The council voted to donate $1,500 to the Buffalo Island EMS service in exchange for a contract for their providing service to the City of Leachville.
"I spent two hours meeting with Don Ray and Mike Bearden, concerning our audit," Mayor Wells said. "It does not look good. We will have some serious problems when it is done, I am afraid. We will have it done by the April meeting, for presentation. They will lay it all out for us then."
Wells reported that Allen Rice has agreed to be the building contractor to construct a new Dollar General Store.
"Allen will build it according to their specifications then rent the building to them," Wells said. "We are just waiting for them to make the decision, on what they plan to do."
Wells reported that the new sewer cleaning machine, purchased from Henard Products last month for $29,106, was working great.
"In 5-10 minutes the men can be done," Wells said. "We haven't had to call Roto-Rooter once.
Wells read a letter from Betty Eldried, Leachville Housing Authority director, listing the items in the community center that belonged to the city. Items included copy machine, microwave, two stainless steel tables, small table, stove vent-a-hood, eight burner stainless steel stove with double ovens, double sink, piano,white refrigerator, small freezer, three desks and three chairs, one recliner, seven chairs and other metal chairs, table in hallway and one television. The city has agreed to sell items, if possible.
Police Chief Kenneth Womack said that the cities warning siren needs repairing, to be done automatically, but can still be set off manually.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will at 7 p.m. April 5 at city hall.