Ambulance service awarded $70,000 grant

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Monette City Council worked through a short agenda consisting of nominations, grants and city improvements at the regular council meeting Aug. 22

Notification was received announcing Mayor David Fletcher's appointment to serve on the Crowley's Ridge Development board of directors.

The Buffalo Island Ambulance Service has been awarded a $70,000 Homeland Security Grant to purchase a new ambulance.

"We are proud of the work done to attain this grant," Fletcher said. "Barry Riley and Kristian Nuckles spent a lot of time preparing the grant, and it proved to be well worth it."

"People have expressed their appreciation for the city filling in the cuts in their pavement, that were made working on sewer lines," Alderman Steve Suber said. "We also heard many compliments on our National Night Out. Bryan Carmichael should be commended for putting that together."

Mayor Fletcher gave an update on progress of the Highway 18/139 intersection downtown.

"They ran into some problems working on the turn lane," Fletcher said. "They plan to put up two new poles and take out the old one. The intersection is going to look very good when they are finished."

Alderman Byron Sparkman announced Leadership Buffalo Island plans to hold an area wide yard sale, called Dollar Daze, on Saturday, Oct. 1. Flyers and advertisements will be placed around Buffalo Island.

The council discussed replacing broken street banner brackets and changing out or ordering new banners. City Clerk Vickki Carroll agreed to look for discounted banners to purchase.

The council discussed fencing at the new ball park.

"We need to check our specs on the gauge of wire used for fencing," Suber said. "Eleven gauge wire was put up. I'm not sure, but I seem to remember us putting out bids for 9 gauge use. We need to check into this to make sure that we got what we contracted for."

Mayor Fletcher agreed to check on specifications.

A letter of resignation from the City Beautification Committee was received from alderman Steve Suber. In the letter dated Aug. 22, Suber said his resignation was due to his disagreement with Chairwoman of the committee, Ernestine Harrell, over established criteria usage.

Mayor Fletcher appointed Joyce Read to serve on the City Park and Recreation Committee.

The council passed Resolution 2005-3 to approve application for a 50/50 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism's Outdoor Recreational Grants Program to make improvements to the city's recreation facilities. The budget for the grant application is $196,000, with engineering fees and contingency fund added.

"This is the second phase of our park grant," said Mayor Fletcher. "Ernestine (Harrell) and Vickki (Carroll) have worked real hard on this, and have had help from many people interested in seeing the park facility completed. Applying for grants takes a lot of work and planning. Hopefully we can complete the ball park soon, as it is much needed."

The Monette Youth Association monthly financial report listed a balance of $6,052.44.

Alderman Harrell reported receiving several pledges, commitments and donations toward the completion of the ball park recreational project.

"We have been invited to make our presentation on the grant in October," Harrell said. "Then we should know something by January on our receipt of the grant."

Mayor Fletcher reviewed work being done on site of the new city hall, in preparation for renovation, and agreed to bring some site plans to the council soon for review and approval.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at city hall.

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