The Leachville City Council met Monday, Oct. 13, and reviewed expenses, heard department reports and announced plans for city hall open house.
Police Chief Keith Evans reported the department radio equipment was being upgraded to 2011 specifications for better communication. The radio tower will also be raised to avoid conflict with other transmissions.
Act #833 money will be used to purchase and repair the equipment at an estimated cost of $3,955. Mark Johnson will secure quotes to raise the antenna and place it on the old water tower.
New khaki green standardized uniforms are being provided to full time policemen, allotting two per officer.
"Several applications have been received for the open police officer position," Evans said. "We are still undecided at this time."
Fireman Mark Johnson gave the September Fire Department report and related work was being done to rebuild the 1978 fire truck starter.
Leachville Mayor Sheila Spurlock reported the renovation of city hall has been paid in full. An open house of the facility will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.
A special working meeting has been called for Oct. 29, to discuss the city budget. All department heads are expected to attend.
City ballpark fence poles are in need of replacement. A decision was tabled until necessary cost and quotes could be obtained.
The council reviewed an end of season Leachville Ballpark Association report prepared by Nathan Sanders, secretary/treasurer. Plans are being made to sod the ball fields for next season.
Paula Bowen and Jana Evans were chosen to serve as he 2009 Watermelon Festival co-chairmen.
The Leachville Christmas Parade is set for Dec. 13. Committee members planning the event are Paula Bowen, Karen Wallace and Ruth Ann Keith.
The decision to place a panic emergency bar on the north entrance to city hall was tabled until the November meeting.
The yearly millage rate for collection of Personal Property taxes was set at 5 mills and will be placed in the General Fund when received.
The council voted to create a resolution to establish effective communications for the hearing impaired in the city courtroom. Hearing aids, improved amplification and language interpreters will be provided upon request.
Halloween will be observed in Leachville on Oct. 31, with city employees and local businesses taking part in welcoming elementary students from BIC East Elementary. Over 300 children are expected to take part in the walk down main street to city hall.
Monette Manor has extended an invitation for the Leachville city council, Mayor and City Clerk to attend an Employee Appreciation Day from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.
Leachville elected officials have been invited to attend a retirement reception for Roger Ferrell at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Mississippi County Work Release Center.
The Leachville LIDC presented their annual report and plans to hold quarterly meetings starting in January 2009.
Marilyn Loony reported 17 city residents received $300 in storm damage grants from EOC.
Early voting will begin be held Oct. 30-31 and Nov.1 at Arkansas Northeastern College in Leachville. Regular voting will be held on Nov. 4.