Lake City water/sewer department receives clean audit

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

The Lake City council reviewed recent audit and current financial records, dealt with accumulation of employee sick days and appointment of two new firemen at a called meeting Monday, Sept.10. Mayor Billy Anderson reported the audit of the Lake City Water and Sewer System done by CPA Scott Despain received a very good rating for accounting records and supporting documents.

Anderson reported the city's financial reports through August looked good. "The city received its share of the supplemental turnback money from the state," Anderson said. "The council moved to use part of the money to pay for codification of ordinances, dealing with organization and updating the current ordinance books.

All full-time city employees will be allowed to accumulate unused sick leave at a rate of 10 working days per year to a maximum of 30 days. The accumulated days must be used in the event of a long-term illness. A doctor's excuse will be necessary.

The council agreed to incorporate the Arkansas diamond plan as the city's employee retirement plan, effective enrollment is Jan. 1, 2008."

Assistant Fire Chief Debbie Davis presented Brian Clark and Curtis Manis as candidates for city firemen positions. The council approved them unanimously. With the addition of Clark and Manis all 25 firefighter positions have been filled.

Mark Ladd farms the city farmland and requested permission to level areas of the property. The council tabled the decision until more information was made available.

White River Rural Health Center has purchased the Blue Top Cafe and will re-do the interior in order to locate its facility in Lake City in the near future. The center will be available for migrant workers and low-income workers. The tentative opening date is set for Jan. 1, 2008.

Anderson encouraged everyone to go to the polls and vote during the upcoming school election on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

U.S. Constitution Week will be observed September 17-23.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be on Oct. 15, at the Lake City Hall Chambers.

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