Leachville Council tables filling aldermen positions

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Leachville City Council announced resignation of one city policeman and two aldermen during the Monday evening, Sept. 8, meeting.

Policeman Mitchell Lasater resigned earlier this month to allow him more time to be with his ailing parents. An advertisement for another certified policeman has been placed in The Town Crier.

Two aldermen, Tommy Stone and Mark Wheeler, moved out of their districts and turned in their resignations. The council went into executive session to consider filling the positions but emerged to table the decision until the November meeting.

The council voted to purchase 120 square tiles to repair those damaged at the city hall drive-through window. The estimated cost is $976.00.

Discussion was held about replacing several fence posts at the city ballpark. The council decided to check pricing on different grades of posts to save money. The council will review the pricing before replacing the post.

Aldermen plan to review pay scales for employees after the Oct. 13 council meeting. The council will call a working meeting to complete 2009 city budget, with all department supervisors present for input.

"Our employees have not had a raise in four years," said Mayor Sheila Spurlock. "We need to review and see what can be done."

The council voted to purchase countertops for six areas of the newly renovated city hall from Top Shop Prize Countertops of Jonesboro at a cost of $1,245.46. This includes labor and materials.

Alderman John Stone asked the city to review water line situations that involved one water line with two meters supplying two customers.

"This should never have been done like it is, and we need to look into it," Stone said. "Scott Henderson owns the house. The second structure was once an office for Tommy Hitt that has since been turned into a house. This is not good for either one of these people."

Police Chief Keith Evans gave the August Police Department report along with the Animal Control Report. Police Department fine monies deposited in the city's General Fund were listed at $3,322. Fuel expenses were $1,552.89. Jail fees are unknown. Animal Control captured 10 dogs, with three surrendered for a total of 13 dogs. Six were released and the others were euphonized.

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