Monette intersection plans on schedule

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

The Monette City Council passed a resolution donating right-of-way and discussed new appointments and upcoming vacancies at the regular council meeting Monday, Feb. 28.

The council passed Resolution 2005-1 authorizing the city to donate right-of-way for intersection construction and signal upgrade, called "Agreements for Donations."

"Clay Stewart signed the agreement to donate needed right-of-way for the southeast corner of the intersection," Mayor David Fletcher said. "Clay has also agreed to donate the entire property to the city, with the agreement we pay for the appraisal and preparation of the deed for transfer.

"This is very generous of Clay, and we deeply appreciate it. After the intersection is completed, we hope to have some extra parking, on three sides, and do landscaping. This is all going to end up looking real good, and something the city can take pride in."

The council approved the donation and agreed to pay for appraisal and deed preparation.

"This month we lost a good friend and alderman, Earl Read," Fletcher said. "A vacancy has been declared and the position will need to be filled."

The council went into a short executive session to discuss appointing someone to fill the vacancy.

After coming out of the closed session, the council voted to allow Mayor Fletcher to fill the vacancy and report back at the March meeting.

"Janice Chambers (water department secretary) plans to retire in July, and we need to be looking at someone to fill that position," Fletcher said.

"We need to run an ad in the paper for applications the middle of March through April," Alderman Tom Carroll said.

"We need to hire someone in time for them to work with Janice a few months," Earnestine Harrell said. "This will give him or her a better grip on what is happening."

The council approved the running of an ad. No salary has been set for the position.

Alderman Carroll said that chat had been delivered at the city park for work on parking improvements.

Alderman Harrell read the minutes from the Monette Youth Association meeting in December. MYA 2005 officers were reported as: David Clark, president; Michael McFarlin, vice president; Stephine Strickland, secretary; Nikki Dewitt, treasurer; Merlene and John Walker, gate; Brandi and Bob Hurst, concession; Jamie Strickland, equipment; Lee Greathouse, field director; Billy Gathright and Billy Watson, fund raiser directors. Councilman Harrell will serve as a member of the MYA as grant director, representing the city.

Alderman Harrell requested that future MYA financial reports to the city contain copies of bank statements and names of donors.

Susan Clifford is scheduled to meet with the Monette Park Committee and MYA, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the city park to discuss the ongoing grant.

"We need to let people know about their letter of commitment and sending in the money pledged for the park grant," Harrell said.

The council discussed notification of property owners in the city, where cleanup and repair is needed.

"Sadly, it seems to be the same people over and over again," Mayor Fletcher said.

Fletcher reported that the bird problem in the city had improved, due to the effort made by residents.

The council discussed the recent ISO inspection and progress being made on replacing or repairing water hydrants. No report has been received concerning the ISO scoring from the inspection.

"The school and officials did an outstanding job of putting together and carrying out the regional basketball tournament," Fletcher said. "We are proud of the players, coaches, and officials. We would love to have the state tournament here and will do what we can to help.

"The parking was exceptional," said Fletcher. "It was contracted and flowed very well. Policemen worked in their regular capacities to keep things running smoothly. There were no major problems."

"Security was great," Alderman Steve Suber said.

"The EMS auction was also very successful this weekend," Harrell said.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at city hall at 7 p.m. March 28.

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