Leachville Council OKs leave of absence

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Leachville city council worked through a short agenda consisting of reports and current events when they met Monday, Sept. 13.

Police Chief Keith Evans reviewed the August Police Department report.

"Joni Isebel requested a leave of absence while she worked on other seasonal employment and her political campaign," Evans said. "We need an officer to fill in for her while she is gone. Michael Hill, police chief at Keiser, is willing to do what needs to be done in her absence. He can work on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, to complete 32 hours."

There were no questions from the council concerning the Street or Water Departments.

Mayor Sheila Spurlock reported the two lots on Sixth and Nelson Streets were put back on the market for sale, since the prospective buyer changed his mind on purchasing them.

Fireman Mark Johnson reported trouble with the 1997 fire truck, as it was overheating when the battery got low. He is looking into the problem. The Fire Department answered five fire calls and 24 First Responder calls in August, which proved to be a very busy month.

Old business consisted of a discussion about paying of the water tower loan early. City Clerk Ruth Ann Keith reported the entire loan could not be paid until 2016, even though payments on the principal would be allowed early.

Keith reported that $2,076 would be needed to pay Tony Nix's back dues to Firemen Retirement, due to omitting to list him as a member for the past five years. The council voted unanimously to pay back reinstatement fees with half coming from the retirement fund and half coming from the city's general fund. The fees are to be paid as soon as possible to correct the omission.

Mayor Spurlock gave reports on the Harvest Festival, Leachville all-school reunion, Melody Theatre program, antique car show, and veteran's program. She expressed special thanks to Paula Bowen, Mike Burrier, Barbara Lloyd, Moba Lee Miller, Mark Johnson and the Cave Dwellers.

A city wide clean-up is set for Sept. 24-26. Dumpsters will be placed near city hall, and proof of residency is required, such as a copy a current city bill.

Bids have been received for work on the Melody Theater roof and range from $6,000 to $16,000. No decision was made to go forward with repairs or replacement of roof.

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