Monette Council takes bids on razing flower shop

Thursday, December 2, 2004

The Monette City Council met in regular session on Nov. 22, and worked through a short agenda.

Monette Mayor David Fletcher reported on the sealing and coating completed at the Monette Cemetery.

"The cemetery road looks very nice," Fletcher said. "Shirley Bronaugh (Monette Cemetery Chairman) brought a check by for $1,300, which was half of the expenses."

Fletcher also reported on demolition plans for the old flower shop, on the northeast corner downtown.

"I got several estimates to tear down the old building and remove the concrete," Fletcher said. "They went as high as $6,000. T. B. Wallis estimated $2,500 to do the job on the northeast corner and the northwest corner as well. With the concrete removed it will enable us to landscape if necessary, while we are waiting to finalize plans for the intersection. Wallis said he would be finished by the Christmas Parade on Dec. 6. I told him to go ahead and get started."

Alderman Tom Carroll reported on plans to replace or renovate city fire hydrants.

"Bob Blankenship (Fire Chief) and I plan to go look at new hydrants this Wednesday," Carroll said.

Three street lights were reported out, one on Texie Street, between Williams and Braden Streets, one on South Reeves at the end of the school grounds, and on Honnis, between Braden and Williams Streets.

Councilman Ernestine Harrell reported on a parks grant hearing held on Oct. 28, in Jacksonville. The hearing was attended by Harrell, Vickki Carroll and Martha Jane Hout.

"The Department of Arkansas Parks and Tourism should let us know something in December," Harrell said.

Harrell reported that the new city park climbing wall had been installed.

The council approved Resolution 2004-4 adopting the National Incident Management System plan as proposed by Homeland Security.

The council passed Ordinance 2004-1, to continue their same county millage rate of 1.8 mills for real property and 1.8 mills for personal property.

The council meeting for December was set for 11 a.m. the 17th. A Christmas potluck dinner will follow at noon.

Mayor Fletcher presented the proposed 2005 budget to the council for review.

A Municipal League session was announced for Jan. 15-17.

The council discussed progress toward the completion of the new city safe room. A guided tour of the facility was given after the council meeting.

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