Leachville Council OKs equipment purchase

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Leachville City Council met on Monday, March 14. The council worked through a short agenda consisting of department reports and upcoming events.

Dickie Coburn gave the Street Department report for February. Lawn mowers are ready to go, ditch digging continues and fence repair plans are ongoing.

"We have a broken pole at the waste treatment plant, a fence that needs moving at the cemetery and replacement of main gate at city shop," Coburn said.

The council approved the bid of $2,200 from Stull Fencing Company to do the fencing work.

Plans are to use Cummings Chip Sealing to do paving on Ada and Nelson Steets during the summer months, if prices can be agreed on.

The council voted to purchase a new John Deere backhoe listed at $65,990. The 2011 budget for equipment purchases is $20,000, and $26,991.63 is set aside in a CD. The city will pay $30,000 and finance the remainder for three years.

Police Chief Keith Evans gave the February Police Department report. Jail fees were listed at $305, and the jail confinement fees were $800. Sixteen traffic citations were issued with 17 criminal arrests, one DWI and three warrant listings.

Mark Johnson gave the February Fire Department and First Responder report. Nineteen medical calls were received with three fire calls. Discussion involved potential raising of monthly fire fees from 25 cents a month to 50 cents. No decision was made.

The council agreed to offer $10,000 for the Robertson property adjacent to the Fire Department, if mobile homes are removed.

Council members agreed to attend the upcoming meeting of the Leachville Industrial Development Committee in order to obtain clarification about structure and membership.

Melody Theatre roof leak discussions continued, as well as needs for making the theatre wheelchair accessible. Alderman Bruce Wilson suggested portable ramps, which could be used at front and back entrances.

Appointments to fill the upcoming vacancy of councilman Serena Duffle will be discussed at the April council meeting.

Mayor Sheila Spurlock reported that Entergy Inc. had made a donation of $1,000 for repair of the "Welcome to Leachville" sign at the southern entrance. A special account will be set up for expenses.

Plans are being made for an upcoming Spring Clean-Up, but no date has been set.

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