Leachville Council hears financial report

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Leachville City Treasurer Ruth Ann Keith gave the year end financial report, which reflected a balance in the General Fund of $42,568.62, at the regular city council meeting held Monday, Jan. 10.

2011 Leachville city officials pictued are, from left: Seated - Treasurer/Clerk Ruth Ann Keith, Mayor Sheila Spurlock, and new council member Ethel Hetler. Back - council members Teresa Johnson, Syrena Duffel, Johnny Hawkins and Bruce Wilson. Not pictured - councilman Bill Hetler.

Mayor Sheila Spurlock and council members complimented Keith on her thorough transaction printout. A check register for department expense reports was requested for future printing editions.

Police Chief Keith Evans reported fine money collected in December was $4,140. Jail fees colleted were $280, with jail billing for August 2010 listed at $2,670. Twenty-nine traffic citations were recorded, with 12 criminal citations and three DWIs. Expenses for December were listed at $1,550.07.

The council voted to purchase new Breathalyzer equipment for the department, with reimbursement from an American Recovery Grant.

The council approved a request by Street Superintendent Dickie Coburn for dump truck parts and repair, estimated at $650 to $700.

"We are about half way done with our ditch work by the school, after taking out the trees." Coburn said. "We are trying to improve the drainage on the west side."

The council approved a request by Robert Ballard for a new steering motor estimated at $800 for the tank used for mixing water chemicals.

Replacement of aerator parts will be included in the 2011 budget. Water meters are still being replaced, as time allows.

Fire Department Secretary and council member Teresa Johnson reported the mail-out requesting rural fire dues had been completed.

"When you receive money back from this, I need to receipt each one individually," Keith said. "This was one of the audit report deficiencies. Most of the things I was written up on had to do with the Fire Department."

The council discussed consolidating the Fire Protection and Rural Protection accounts in order to earn more interest. After a short discussion the council requested that the $2,500 deposited in the Fire Protections Savings account be put back in the Fire Department checking account, then merge the accounts.

Mark Johnson requested the van used by First Responders be replaced. A 1999 Ford diesel truck has been located for $5,495. Replacement glow plugs are needed for the current truck in use.

The council expressed their appreciation for Johnson's contribution through the years of repair and maintenance to Fire Department and First Responder vehicles.

Johnson praised the diligence and forethought of former Fire Chief Jesse Johnson for the department having money to meet department needs.

Mayor Spurlock asked someone from Fire Department to give the new truck a trial run, then report back to the council so they can approve the purchase.

A special council meeting has been called for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, to discuss the 2011 budget and the purchase of the First Responder truck. Regular 2011 council meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at city hall.

Mayor Spurlock welcomed new council member Ethel Hetler to Monday's council meeting.

The council voted to refrain from reading council minutes during meetings providing the council has received a copy in time to properly review them.

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