Monette Council hers reports

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Monette City Council met on Monday, March 21, and worked through a short agenda consisting of reports, ordinance revision, and location of new Sheriffs Department sub station.

Sanitation truck is currently out of service, and repairs are scheduled for the end of the week.

Bids will be opened on March 30 for the 1971 fire truck.

The police car was sold at $1,276, as advertised.

The city will provide extra garbage containers for customers, upon request, and charge an additional $9 per month fee for each.

The new concession building at the sports complex has been painted on the outside and electrical work due for completion by April 1.

Discussion continued concerning the proposed 2011-1 parking ordinance.

"I still think it is a non issue," Alderman Billy Watson said. "People don't want it passed."

"This is all we need," Police Chief Brian Carmichael said. "It gives us a little leeway if there is an issue. We will ask first."

"It is not any different than to have a speed limit, to allow to do something," Alderman Dick Pace said.

Parking Ordinance Revision 2011-1 failed to pass, due to the Arkansas Municipal League requirement that requires a majority vote of council members present. The council vote was 3 for, 2 against and 1 abstention, which did not meet the legal requirement for passage. The council will address the ordinance again at the April meeting.

The Craighead County Sheriff's Department Substation building, on Drew Avenue, will be available for use as Monette Police Department offices.

Plans were completed to make improvements to sewer system.

Alderman Watson and Chief Carmichael brought council up to date on progress of the Monette Youth Association Memorial Brick project.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, at city hall.

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