The Leachville City Council worked though a lengthy agenda consisting of the sale of city vehicles and properties at the regular council meeting held Monday, March 8.
Mayor Sheila Spurlock opened bids on the Crown Victoria vehicle owned by the city. The four bids ranged from $1,200 to $750. The bid was awarded to Albert Hancock for $1,200.
Several city vehicles and properties will be put up for bids due by 4 p.m. April 9. These include a1995 F-150 Ford truck used by the Water Department; and a1980 Ford ambulance, 1 ton, 460 motor, with a V8 engine. A1978 F-700 fire truck will be for sale on E-Bay, with a reserve clause to sell, and a limit of 30 days. Two lots on the corner of Sixth and Lang Streets will also be up for bids. One lot is 50x100 feet and the other is 50x80 feet.
As City Clerk Ruth Ann Keith gave the financial report the council entered into a discussion concerning late fee and penalty policies.
Police Chief Keith Evans gave the January and February police report.
Total fine monies turned over to the Leachville General Fund for January were listed at $945, with February being $5,020. January jail fees were $240 and February was $400. Total traffic citations for both months were 17, with 19 criminal arrests and one DWI. Department expenses were incurred for automobile, office, uniform education, uniform and animal control.
Evans gave a report and passed out folders used for fingerprinting students at Buffalo Island Central East Elementary during the department's recent child safety campaign.
The council voted to purchase a rebuilt transmission for $1,200 from Skaggs Equipment in Blytheville for placement in the 1978 Chevrolet C-60 water department dump truck.
The council voted to build a collection box for the city's dump truck in order to allow proper use of the city's commercial grade vacuum and chipper.
Water Department Interim Supervisor Robert Ballard reported water testing had been completed to check for sediment and build up in a homeowner's water. The build-up was found to come from the homeowner's hot water heater and was not in the city's water lines.
"Our drinking water tested good," Ballard said.
Placement of a fireplug in front of the Fire Department was discussed and tabled until the April meeting so an accurate location of water line can be established.
Fire Chief Richie Pace reported rural fire fee letters would be mailed out this week.
Steve Baldridge retired from the Fire Department after 20 years and a party is planned in his honor for Saturday, March 13.
The council approved an audit of the new water tower records, as required by federal government agencies. The audit is estimated to cost $6,000, which is around one percent of the $615,000 borrowed to build the tower.
Robert Ballard requested the council consider hiring someone to help out in the Water Department at the first of each month to help Secretary Rebecca Clowers. Ballard has been helping out but with the start of the city's busy season he no longer has the time to do so.
"We voted to get rid of that position," Alderman Bill Hetler said. "Ruth Ann (Keith) can help during that time."
Keith's hours are from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Clowers works 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
"If that is what the city wants me to do, I will do it," Keith said.
Eddie Bolar addressed the council requesting an increase in garbage pick-up fees.
"I have not received an increase since I started four years ago," Bolar said. "My cost to do the pick-up continues to increase."
"I think that Eddie deserves a raise," Councilman Tommy Stone said.
After a lengthy discussion the council voted to increase sanitation fees 50 cents per household, for a total of $9, effective with the April billing.
The council voted to hire C&N Sales, owned by Dennis Syler, to initially strip, seal and place five coats of wax on city hall floors at a cost of $1,375, and continue to maintain at a cost of $60 every two weeks.
Several complaints have been brought to the city's attention concerning the lack of cleanliness of a city business.
"The city has no control over interior cleanliness," Mayor Spurlock said. "I have notified the business in question. They are under new management now, and I look for conditions to improve."
City clean-ups are planned for April and September, with the actual dates to be announced when more information is received.
A roof leak at the Melody Theatre was discussed.
Five leaks have been found with damages in the back of the dressing room and stage right.
No decision was made but plans are to secure bids and check into grant applications to pay for expenses.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, at city hall.