Leachville City Hall to undergo renovation

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Leachville City Council met on Monday evening, May 12, and discussed plans to renovate city hall.

The aldermen reviewed bids on construction and roofing of city hall. The council leaned toward acceptance of the bid from Wood Construction, of Monette, but wanted more information on time limit, charges for interior painting, and cost for a turn-key job before making the final decision. Mayor Sheila Spurlock will make contact with contractor Perry Wood for details and additional costs.

Mayor Spurlock announced all state payroll taxes have been paid.

"It is wonderful to see what has been accomplished in such a short time," Spurlock said. "The city of Leachville does not owe any federal or state taxes. Now we are eligible to apply for grants, when needed."

Councilmen praised City Clerk Ruth Ann Keith for her help in finalizing the city's plans to pay outstanding taxes and debts.

During a special called meeting on May 7 the council approved Ordinance 2008-1 for application of a $4,500 matching JAG grant.

During a special called meeting on May 1 the council elected Bill Hetler to complete the unexpired term of alderman Johnny Hawkins. Hetler is no stranger to being a councilman, as he has served in that capacity for many years prior to the appointment.

The council requested that engineer Wayne Menley be asked to attend the June 9 council meeting to advise the council on improvements needed at the city's waste treatment plant. Quotes and estimates are also being sought for improvements or replacement of current floating aeration system at the plant.

The council received a special invitation from the Leachville Housing Authority to attend a cookout on May 16, at the pavilion near the office.

A citywide clean up is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, from 7 a.m. until dark.

Alderman Teresa Johnson gave the Fire Department and First Responder April 2008 report. One auto fire call was answered along with two medical calls, one auto accident, one gas leak, plus department training, standard cleaning, replenishing of supplies, and repair of hose reel cable to the 1978 pumper truck. The total financial balance for the two departments is $54,332.92.

Patrolman Steve Lancaster gave the April Police Department report. Activities listed included seven misdemeanor warrants served, 20 traffic citations, two DWI arrests, and 33 criminal arrests. Leachville Animal Control activities included capture of 11 dogs, with four dogs surrendered, three released back to owners, and remainder euphonized.

"We are going to be observing, Click It or Ticket from May 19-June 1," Lancaster said. "This is a nationwide enforcement campaign to increase seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities. It is an incentive plan to use seat belts, and has a zero tolerance. This national effort has increased seat belt usage from 68 to 82 percent, since it started in 1996."

The council passed Animal Control Ordinance 2008-3 to update rules and regulations.

Jerrod Price and Shirley Marshall requested placement on the council agenda to speak about the Watermelon Festival and Low Income Housing, but neither were in attendance.

A special meeting is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, to discuss the city's Re-Use Program.

The City of Leachville has been recognized as a Bronze Sponsor for their support of the annual Relay for Life campaign.

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