Skaters appreciative of park

Friday, May 25, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

Three young skaters expressed thanks to the Monette City Council for the new skate park, during their regular meeting Monday evening, May 14.

Michael Ryan, Brittany Ryan and Jeff Steele took turns expressing appreciation for the city recognizing their need for a skate park, and doing something about it. They vowed to be responsible for the park and make an all-out effort to keep it clean.

"We saw a need for the park, and felt we could do something to help these kids have a place to skate," said Monette Mayor Chub Qualls. "I think it is going to work out very good, and be a park we can all be proud of."

Other city business included:

*The city agreed to take bids to sell the Ford Crown Victoria police car.

*Bids were discussed for proposed city street work. The council voted to accept the lowest bid from Asphalt Maintenance for $13,705.

*Contract with Buffalo Island Emerson to lease old city hall building for $200 per month, and to lease the ambulance for $5,000 per year.

*Mary Beth Bounds has been hired through the Experienced Worker Program to work as a gatekeeper at the city ballpark. The city needs one more worker to work in maintenance at City Hall and at the Buffalo Island Museum.

*The Intersection Project is in its final stages of landscaping and beautification. Old South Plants, under the direction of Lance Sloan, was contracted for $5,323.04 to complete the project. Jim DeJarnette has agreed to oversee the installation of an irrigation system to maintain the landscaping. Concrete will soon be poured soon in front of the two antique streetlights for the addition of benches and flowerpots.

*The council agreed to give a local junk dealer the 1949 truck located at the city landfill.

*Mayor Qualls reported that one of the four easements necessary for construction of a new road south of BIC High School has been received. The easement came from Noel Eggers.

*The old bank building uptown has qualified for application submission to be listed on the historical register. The Museum Committee is making plans to apply for the distinction.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. June 25 at city hall.

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