Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Town Crier News Staff

The Monette City Council discussed final annexation plans at the regular meeting Monday, Feb. 25.

An open house will be held at 7 p.m. March 3, at Buffalo Island Central West Elementary in Monette to review new annexation guidelines and boundaries.

"We have to remember we have three years to deliver on any promises made to those we annex," Mayor Chub Qualls said. "We can offer them police and fire protection, decreases to homeowners insurance, weekly garbage pick up, streetlights and mosquito control. We can't promise them city water service as many are on rural water.

"Once the annexation is done, then we can appoint a zoning board."

The council approved application for $40,000 of GIF funds to be used for work on the new Buffalo Island Museum.

Pat White was appointed by the council to the Monette Housing Authority Board to fill the vacancy of the late Betty Cole.

Raye Finley was appointed to serve on the Monette City Beautification Committee.

Alderman Jamie Strickland reported on work being done by the Monette Youth Association. Improvements include sodding, backstops and fertilizer and maintenance. Plans are to plant 27 trees at the city park, the downtown intersection and around city hall.

Alderman Tom Carroll reminded the council of other funding needs, which included fire hoses and a police computer. Plans are to spend up to $1,000 on police computer first.

Plans are being made to apply for a GIF sewer grant.

The cost of new fire truck and tool shed were discussed.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, at city hall.

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