City Council addresses ballparks, wastewater

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Monette City Council met Monday, March 22, and acted on plans to complete ballparks and proceed with ongoing wastewater study.

The council reviewed priorities for improvements at the city sports park.

"Let's get the dugouts completed so the kids can play as safely as possible this season," Alderman Billy Watson said.

The council agreed to advertise for bids to complete two dugouts on the new ball field before the season begins. A check for $25,000 was received Monday from General Improvement Funds to construct a concession stand and restrooms at the sports park.

Plans are to remove the skate park at the city park and permanently affix the basketball goals on both courts. Impact material will also be added to the playground area. Light poles will be put in place at the tennis court this week.

Mayor Chub Qualls discussed problems with the city sewer system and need for repair or replacement. He passed out copies of a report from Arkansas Rural Water Association (ARWA) Wastewater Technician Susan Poe concerning inflow and infiltration into the treatment system.

"We need to do a smoke test around town to see where the rainwater is entering our sewer system," Alderman Tom Carroll said. "We are overworking our sewer system by having to process rain water through the system. This needs to be done immediately so we know where we stand."

The council agreed to begin the smoke test and proceed with a study on water and sewer rates through the ARWA.

"All the formulas have to fall in line to be eligible for a rate increase," Mayor Qualls said. "Tim Carey with the ARWA has agreed to help us with that part of the problem."

A check for $1,500 was received from State Representative Ray Kidd for GIF Hunger Relief Alliance funds to establish a food bank at the Monette Church of Christ. Byron Sparkman will be serving as Food Bank chairman.

The parking lot and drainage issues on Flager Street, adjacent to Kohn Memorial Library, have been taken care of.

Alderman Joyce Read has inquired about a state grant for library improvements in cities with a population of fewer than 20,000.

Alderman Read announced the City Beautification Committee held a ribbon cutting ceremony March 13 to welcome the Dollar General into the Monette business community. Another ribbon cutting is planned for March 25 for the new Nikki B's restaurant.

Mayor Qualls encouraged council members to attend the Arkansas Municipal League Annual Convention in Hot Springs June 16-18.

Councilman Blankenship requested routine flushing of fire hydrants be scheduled to maintain clean lines throughout the city.

The annual citywide clean up is scheduled for the first week in May.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Monette city hall.

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