Monette Council tables water well closing

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Monette City Council continued discussion of closing the old water well at the regular council meeting Monday evening, Sept. 22.

"I talked to Gipson Well Company and they would do the job at cost and labor," Mayor Chub Qualls said. "We couldn't get it cheaper anywhere else."

"We need to have the new water tower inspected," Qualls said. "If it blew a fuse we would have no water and would be in trouble."

"David (Moore) drained the tank to be inspected," City Fire Chief Bob Blankenship said. "We got water into it before the storm. There was only 50,000 gallons of water in the tank. The power on top blew a fuse."

The old eight-inch water well is 1,000 feet deep and has a 750 gallon capacity. It reportedly pumped fine when it was shut down to open new well. It had good potential. A new 1,000' well is estimated to cost $200,000. One pump can pump 350 gallons of water a minute and the other pumps 750 gallons a minute.

When work began to pull the pump out of the old well, it fell inside. A camera will need to be placed inside the well to check it out.

"David (Moore) said that in an emergency chlorine could be added to it and still be able to use the water," Qualls said. "We need to seek a grant to cover this charge. It will cost $50,000 to $60,000 to put it back into use.

"All of the wells inside have not been coated. The welding spots need to be coated. I will contact people to see if we can get money to do this work."

"We have talked about this over the years and really need to go forward on this," Alderman Tom Carroll said.

"We need to look into this," Alderman Jamie Strickland said.

"We need to send the camera down for a look before we get the grant," Alderman Steve Suber said.

"We probably need to see if it is feasible to send camera down," Carroll said. "You (Qualls) can call and find out."

The council agreed to investigate further and table a decision until the October meeting.

No action was taken to condemn the Randall property, as it is in foreclosure. Any decision needed can be made at the October meeting.

Qualls reported the sewer plant sandblasting would be finished this week.

"The annexation vote will be in November," Qualls said. "We have done all we are supposed to do. One hundred and twenty five names have been submitted to the county. All that is left is to run it in the paper."

The wind damage clean up continues.

"We have worked on it for two weeks, averaging 30 loads a day, for three days," Qualls said. "We sent in the cost for relief funding and have recovered some.

Two city dumpsters are in need of repair. Plans are to use sheet metal to replace the bottoms of them.

"We can get by with one new one," Qualls said.

After a brief discussion Alderman Carroll proposed the city purchase two new dumpsters and fix one. The motion carried.

The Museum Committee continues to work on fund-raising with prior donation commitments expected this fall.

The council passed Ordinance 2008-4 allowing elected officials to perform other duties for pay in addition to their elected positions and allowing spouses and other family members to perform duties for pay for the City of Monette.

Police Chief Brian Carmichael reported Dollar Daze will be held the first week in October, sponsored by Leadership Buffalo Island. The citywide yard sale is scheduled for October 4. Notices will be included with customers' water bills. A clean up is planned for the week following Dollar Daze.

Qualls continued to encourage people not to blow cut grass into city streets, as it is unsightly and makes it difficult for walkers.

"We will have to take action on this if it does not stop," Qualls said.

"We can't legislate everything," Carmichael said.

"We can warn people the first time," Strickland said.

"We can send a nice letter asking them not to do it," Alderman Joyce Read said.

The council discussed unsightly properties within the city.

Strickland gave the Monette Youth Association report.

"The infield has been sodded and watered," Strickland said. "It is taking root and looks good."

"We need to do something more permanent with the skate park," he said, "and add impact material."

Alderman Read proposed the city develop a city tri-fold pamphlet advertising the town, which will be helpful when writing for grants.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at city hall.

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