Leachville Council questionnaire to address four-year terms

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Leachville Mayor Sheila Spurlock addressed the city council Sept. 21 concerning staggering city council terms. She suggested Position 1 serve two years and Position 2 serve four years until four year terms could be implemented.

"Most people I have talked to think it is as good idea," Spurlock said. "This would keep the city from possibly having a new Mayor and six new councilmen at one time. It would allow us to keep someone in office with experience at all times. If we want to get it on the ballot for a vote by the people we have to make a decision by Feb. 1, 2010."

The council decided to send out a questionnaire to customers and allow them to drop the form back by City Hall in time for the council to make a decision about placing it on the ballot in the next election.

Police Chief Keith Evans reported taking in revenues of $5,542.80 for the month of August. He requested four new tires for a police car. The council voted to purchase tires and have them mounted and balanced at an estimated cost of $646.08.

Street Department Chairman Dickie Coburn is still getting quotes on a backhoe, with cab, air conditioning and 4-wheel drive. He estimated the cost to be around $50,000.

"Hopefully we can get a trade in for the 1990 model we have," Coburn said. "The one we purchased in 2003 already has 3,000 hours on it. We try to rotate every 10 years."

The new truck has been delivered to the Water Department. The old water shed is being razed but the water line will need to be cut and capped.

Fire Chief Richie Pace reported the new fire truck would arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

"I want to thank all of our department heads for reporting each month," Councilman Tommy Stone said.

"They are doing a good job and have enabled us to stay under the budget this year," Alderman Bruce Wilson said.

The council voted to continue the 5 mills city millage rate for personal and real property collections this next year. The revenue is divided between the General Fund, Street Department Fund, and Pension Plan Retirement.

The Leachville Christmas Parade is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Attorney Chris Jester is currently working on a city ordinance for abandoned or condemned properties.

Mayor Spurlock asked department heads and city council members to present necessity and wish lists at the November meeting, so a 2010 budget could be prepared.

Joann Cardin is finalizing plans for an Oct.12 supper fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. with proceeds to go to the new Veteran's Memorial.

Marilyn Looney gave an update on the memorial and asked those present to consider sponsoring a veteran's name for inscription on the marker. Names will cost $35 each.

Buffalo Island Dollar Days will take place on Oct. 3, with yard sales in every town.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at city hall.

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