(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
Monette City Council met on Monday evening, Dec. 18, and worked through a short agenda before holding the annual Christmas employee luncheon.
Mayor David Fletcher opened the meeting by thanking the council for the exceptional job they have done working for the city.
"I hope that together we have made a difference," he said. "We are doing all we can to see to it the transfer to the new 2007 leadership goes well."
Fletcher presented outgoing alderman Ernestine Harrell with a decorative clock and expressed his appreciation for her many years of faithful service. He presented incoming Mayor Chub Qualls with an engraved nameplate for his desk at city hall.
In regular business, Harrell reported the Beautification Committee had made selections Monday evening for Christmas Lighting Winners. Residential lighting winners for the 2006 Christmas season include: Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Ray, first place; Mr. and Mrs. Byron Sparkman, second: Mr. and Mrs. Brian Carmichael and Paul Lancaster, tie for third. Best decorated doors are Robert Flannigan, first, and Lula Bell Pruitt, second. Business lighting winners are Monette Manor, first, and Monette Co-Op, second. Monetary gifts will be mailed to all the winners.
Harrell gave the monthly Monette Youth Association report.
"As of Dec. 14, the MYA has $5,114.10 in their General Fund," She said. "Their sign project account has $350. Fees collected at the gate during ball games is listed as $2,213.70. The city receives 30 percent of the gate fees for payment on the existing park grant.
"We have not yet received the copies of checks."
Harrell also reported the Oversight Committee had reviewed and approved the last three month of finances.
"The Beautification and Park Committees met two weeks ago and finalized plans for completion of the Intersection Project," Harrell said. "We received two landscaping sketches and have combined them to complete our plans. The estimated cost of total landscaping is $5,618 plus tax."
The council approved the plan for the Intersection Project, with hopes of adding a sprinkler system at a later date.
Fletcher announced the official swearing-in for councilmen and mayor will be 3 p.m. Jan. 1 by Judge Dale Haas.
The council voted to purchase a third patrol car video camera for the Police Department, at an estimated cost of $1,600.
"You guys have been great to work with," Fletcher said. "We don't always agree on things but we have always agreed on doing what is best for the city. You have really stood up proud. I am thankful to have had this opportunity."