New Leachville aldermen take office
The Leachville city council welcomed new aldermen Tommy Stone, Anna Beth Thomas, Teresa Johnson, and Bobby Crites when the council met in regular session Jan. 3.
Police Chief Ken Womack presented a certificate of promotion to Lieutenant Keith Evans and presented him with a commemorative plaque.
Womack handed out the police report for 2004, which listed 610 various citations and 27 felony arrests that were transferred to Blytheville.
"We appreciate the good job that our policemen have done," said Leachville Mayor Ralph Wells. "I commend you for what you are doing to fight drugs in our community."
"Keith's plaque is long overdue, and we appreciate him," Wells said.
Mayor Wells provided council members with copies of the 2005 proposed city budget for review. A special meeting was called for Jan. 24 to adopt a new budget, review employee handbook, and set standardized privilege license fees and dog tags.
Arkansas Municipal League meeting is set for Jan. 12. Leachville aldermen will be supplied league handbooks for their personal use.
Aldermen requested an in-depth financial report, listing purchases, when computer program is up and running.
Alderman Bill Hetler and Mayor Wells will continue as check signers, except the Theatre account, which will include Wells and alderman Teresa Johnson.
Needed repairs for the city hall building were discussed. Mayor Wells agreed to get someone to look at it and report back at next regular meeting.
The council discussed updating the vicious dog portion of the dog ordinance, and duties of animal control officer. No decision was made until more information could be obtained.
The council voted to list Steve Bowman, animal controller, with police department employees, and Robert Clowers with street department, to include park and cemetery care.