Monette recycling program implemented

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Monette City Council worked through a short agenda consisting of city improvements and special events at the regular council meeting Monday evening, July 28.

The council completed plans for a Recycling Day Kick-Off, for Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at city hall. The event was planned to inform residents about the new recycling program being implemented by the City of Monette in August.

Mayor Chub Qualls announced the city received the $40,000 state grant for the renovation of the old bank building for use as the new Buffalo Island Museum. An additional $44,000 will be needed for completion of the project. Additional grants and private donations will be sought to complete the project.

Recognition plaques will be established with names of donors. Plans are to convert the two existing bathrooms in the back into one spacious handicapped unit. Existing air conditioners at the present museum site will be used at the new location.

Three cost estimates were received for the renovation work, with Fletcher Construction being awarded the bid at $56,000.

Plans are to move existing generator to the Sewer Plant by the city shop and have Monette Diesel get it in running order. A concrete slab with a canopy will be prepared for placement at a cost of $350.

Concrete will be sealed and repaired at the old city well, and a collar will be put around it. The well will be down for a day while work is being done. Mayor Qualls estimated it would cost $50,000 to put the old well back in operation, not counting cost of chemicals. A special meeting has been called for Aug. 11 to consider the feasibility of putting well back in operation, after the concrete has been repaired.

The council voted to pay $1,700 of the cost to sod the infield at the sports park which is estimated to cost a maximum of $3,400. The Monette Youth Association will pay the remaining $1,700.

Mayor Qualls announced that Nov. 7 was the date set for the vote on the city's plans for annexation.

The city mural is expected to be completed this week. Plans are to hold a reception at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at city hall to recognize all participants in the major beautification project.

Mayor Qualls announced both weather sirens are in complete working order.

The lift station at the Monette Housing complex is due to be repaired this week.

Plans are to hire Billy Sullivan to fill the police officer vacancy, after mandatory evaluations are complete.

City attorney Johnny Dunigan is still working on a feasibility study to transfer the old Frolic Shoe Company building and property to the city.

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

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