Leachville City Council sets dates for festivities
The Leachville City Council set dates for the city's special celebrations and festivities at the regular meeting on Jan. 12.
Mayor Sheila Spurlock announced the Buffalo Island American Cancer Relay for Life will be held June 26 at the city park. The annual Christmas parade will be held Dec. 12.
No dates have been set for the Harvest Festival and Watermelon Festival and will be announced at a later time.
City Clerk Ruth Ann Keith announced the 2009 city budget is on line but she was unable to print it in time for the council meeting. She will print and send it to the council soon.
A special called council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, to discuss the 2009 budget. It will be adopted with a new ordinance at that time.
The council discussed a possible stipend for phone service when city police officers answer after-hour calls for water and sewer departments.
After a brief discussion, the council recommended the use of call-forwarding and an individual, independent phone to be used for after-hour calls.
Mayor Spurlock agreed to check out possible phone packages for a new phone.
Alderman Bruce Wilson suggested the city use a local doctor for employee physicals. Employees have used their personal physicians in the past and billed the city for the cost. Mayor Spurlock agreed to check on cost differential to use a local doctor and report back to the council.
Clerk Ruth Ann Keith reported the ACT 833 account will be placed on computer this year for council printouts.
The council addressed complaints about city water discoloration and odor.
"We have never been out of compliance," Mayor Spurlock said. "The lines will be flushed in February.
"The electricity went down on Christmas Eve and we were getting too much potassium in the water," Larry Ballard said. "It is not dangerous, it just has a pink color. When the electricity went out on the motor, it burnt the controls on the panels. The well would not kick on but the chemicals did."
"Jesse Johnson got it fixed," Spurlock said. "We have not got a bill on it yet. It will take a while for the sulphur smell to filter out."
Ballard agreed to check with the city engineer Wayne Menley to see if a bigger aeriator is needed.
Fireman Mark Johnson addressed the council about a grant for a new fire truck and the need to add on to the fire station. Plans are to add two new bays. Quotes for the addition have not been received. An estimated cost for a new fire truck will run from $150,000 to $200,000.
One new fireman, George Barajas, has been added to the force. He will begin training soon.
The council approved the addition of the fireman who will be on probation for six months.
Alderman Teresa Johnson reported Steve Baldridge did the necessary wiring to the building at the water tower at no cost and it is ready for use.
New SCBA masks are needed for firemen in order to be operational and up to code. Prices will be secured and presented to the council.
Council members agreed to table plans to purchase a new truck for the water department until quotes can be reviewed.
The council accepted a bid of $2,445 from Delta Fence Co., in Jonesboro, to replace the ball park fencing and fence posts.
The council is continuing to seek quotes on paving and repair to city streets. No hot-mix will be available to do the work until April. Mayor Spurlock agreed to obtain more information and report back to the council.
Police Chief Keith Evans gave the December Police report. Eighteen traffic citations were given, one for DWI drugs, one DWI, 12 criminal arrests and one felony. Auto, office, uniform and Jag Grant expenses were itemized.
The Leachville animal control report listed seven dogs captures, one released to owner, and six adopted. Total for the year included 123 dogs secured, 73 released to owners and humane society and 50 euthanized.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at City Hall.