Leachville Council reviews purchases, accepts resignation

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Leachville City Council reviewed changes in Fire Department accounts, department purchases and reports and a council resignation at the regular meeting held Monday, Feb. 14.

Leachville Mayor Sheila Spurlock reviewed the monthly financial report. A total of $1,816 will be transferred to the Fire Department checking account from the Firemen's Savings Account. The balance in the savings account will be put in the Firemen Pension account, along with two certificates of deposit totaling $8,092. Then the savings account will be eliminated. A total of $27,000 is needed in the pension account to finance pensions for the year.

A computer for the Water Department and clerk's office will be purchased for $2,463.50. This will be necessary to upgrade new equipment and programs.

Police Chief Keith Evans gave the January department report. Fine money collected during the month included $3,841. Jail fees for January were listed at $480, and jail statement for December 2010 was $160. Thirty-six traffic citations were issued, with 13 criminal arrests and three DWIs. Auto and fuel expenses for January were $1,259.70. Office expenses were $515.36. Uniform and equipment expenses were $293.39.

The Street Department report was given by Dickie Coburn. New tires have been purchased for the backhoe. A quote of $2,250 from Stull Fencing was approved to repair city fencing at the ballpark, city shop, cemetery and behind city hall. Additional repair will be needed to move the fence at the cemetery and to secure city dirt storage area.

Larry Ballard presented the Water Department report. Flushing of fire hydrants has improved water clarification. Fire hydrants will undergo servicing at a cost of $48.50 each, with 87 being considered for review.

Mark Johnson gave the Fire Department and First Responders report. Responses were given to four fires and 18 First Responder calls in December and two fires and 22 First Responders in January. A quote of $2,975 from Poplins Construction was approved for partial replacement of Fire Department roof.

A letter of resignation was received from Alderman Syrena Duffel, as she will be moving to Bay. The position will be filled by appointment at a later date.

"We certainly thank Syrena for a job well done," Spurlock said. "We hate to lose her, as she has been very important member of our community."

Property condemnation policies are still being reviewed and notification letters have been mailed to owners to comply with city ordinances.

Spurlock reported findings from the 2010 census report that the city had an increase of 12 in the city population.

"When Mississippi County overall experienced a decrease in population, Leachville and Manila had increases," Spurlock said. "This is good news."

Leachville will be hosting the Hospitality Booth during the BIC State Basketball Tournament, in the Mustang Athletic Complex on Wednesday, March 2. Donations and workers will be needed.

Ongoing need for Melody Theatre roof repairs was discussed. More information will be obtained.

Sheila Collier reported that future purchases of theatre seats are still being investigated.

The next regular scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, March 14, at city hall.

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