Leachville officials review wastewater improvements

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Leachville Council discussed budget, special classes and plans for waste water improvements at the regular council meeting Oct. 3

While reviewing the city financial statement, Clerk Ruth Ann Keith reported only seven businesses in Leachville have not paid their privilege license.

Keith went on to give an overview of the Municipal Clerks Institute meeting she attended Sept. 19-22, in Fayetteville.

Councilman Teresa Johnson reported on the upcoming NIMS class and plans are being made for the council and mayor to begin classes locally.

Mayor Ralph Wells appointed Maryln Looney to the EOC Board of Directors.

"I think Maryln will be a real asset to this board," Wells said.

Wells read a letter from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announcing public meetings at the Monette Community Center on Oct. 24, from 4-7 p.m., and Manila Airport on Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m.

The meetings will be environmental assessment meetings to study location alternatives for widening Highway 18 to four lanes between the St. Francis River and Highway 181. The purpose of the public meeting is to describe the project, present the alternatives being considered, and obtain input from area people.

Wells also reviewed a letter from Dave Fenter, WWAC chairman, concerning plans to improve waste water management.

A letter from the Arkansas Department of Health advised the city of the need for a generator to operate pumps for the water system, need to cap old well and fill with concrete, place a valve on line, make repairs of the old pump house, and a need for another fire hydrant.

The council had a lengthy discussion about plans for a new water tank and improvement of wastewater management.

The council passed a resolution for continuance of millage tax rates, which will continue at 5 mills per dollar, with 4 mills going for maintenance and operation and 1 mill going to the firemen's pension fund.

School children will be visiting city hall on Halloween and the council voted to spend $150 on treats to be handed out.

The Leachville Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 10, with a special program at the Melody Theatre to follow. Details will be announced later.

New policeman, Brian Crites, will begin work Oct. 10.

A request was made for a map of the main water shut off valves for sections inside the city be located on a map and kept at city hall in case of emergency. The council requested the map be completed by the November meeting, for review.

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