Wastewater, sirens, city classification among Leachville Council topics

Thursday, June 17, 2004

The Leachville City Council met in regular session, on June 7, at city hall, and worked through a lengthy agenda.

Mayor Ralph Wells presented a Declaration of Advancement from the State of Arkansas, declaring the City of Leachville as a First Class City.

New city recorder, Ruth Ann Kieth, was in attendance for her first city council meeting.

An announcement was made concerning the upcoming Relay for Life Golf Tournament, on June 21, in honor of Lee Spurlock, formerly of Leachville.

A letter from city attorney, Mike Bearden, requested any city employee having any part of a uniform, belonging to G & K Service, to turn them in to the service for proper credit.

A letter from Dave Fenter, Arkansas Soil and Water, was read, concerning a survey for information on the wastewater funding need of communities. The survey is to reflect the funding needs of small communities to upgrade in the areas of collection, treatment and non point source pollution abatement.

Leachville is currently seeking a better system to filter sludge, other than by use of drying beds. Marcia Davis is currently working with Miller Newell to resubmit a grant application for funding. The city received a letter from John Selig, with NRS Consulting Engineers, stating he would be willing to assist in this endeavour. An estimated cost of $50,000 to complete the set up for a new procedure. Information concerning a similar system has been received from Mid-Continent Equipment Company, of Tulsa.

Police Chief Ken Womack reported that the cities warning sirens were not working during the recent tornado spotting. Mayor Wells gave Womack permission to get the sirens repaired. Cost of repair was estimated at $2,000.

Location of the cities safe house is still being sought, with hopes of acquiring the old post office building, adjacent to city hall.

Wells reported that the new Dollar Store has frame work completed and metal for sides and sign has arrived. Work on the outside of the building is expected to be complete within five days, with the opening scheduled for August or October.

The orchard pumping station has been ordered and should be working soon.

The city is checking into cost to install a splash pad and skate board area at the city park, with use of Playground Grand funding.

The city purchased new flags for the municipal building.

Wells reported that Clean Up days, held June 3-5, was successful in removing a lot of unwanted trash and equipment . He praised workers that worked on the Clean Up, including those who worked on the weekend.

The council discussed follow up on enforcement of Ordinance 2002-3, requiring residents to maintain unsightly and unsanitary property. The council also discussed further clean up's and the use of cardboard boxes for trash containers.

Mayor Wells invited those present to drive to the city ballparks and see the repairs and improvements done there.

Alderman Karen Wallace reported that several complaints had been received concerning use of golf carts to read water meters, as they left ruts in yards during rainy times.

Alderman Sheila Spurlock inquired about the tax deposit and a report from LIDC. Spurlock reported that it had been over a year and a half since the council had received a report, which is expected to be made yearly. She also stated that the council was to be kept informed of any funds being spent.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be on July 5, beginning at 7 p.m., at city hall.

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