Department heads report to council

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Leachville Council heard department reports, announced training schedules and agreed to update the city's emergency preparedness plan at the regular council meeting held Monday, Aug. 8

Dickie Coburn reported limbs are still being picked up throughout the city. An insurance check was received for $14,615 to repair damage to the lift station and do fence repair.

Fire Chief Mark Johnson reported testing had been completed on the pumps test this past month.

Water employee Robert Clowers will be attending class this month for certification as building inspector and plumbing inspector. He reported the compound meters purchased for rural water reading were currently not being used.

Several employees will attend state training meetings in September. Robert Fowler will attend animal control classes in Conway. Robert Clowers attend water training, continuous training for water and wastewater in Hot Springs. Ruth Ann Keith will attend the Arkansas Clerks Association training in Fayetteville.

Plans for the Highway 18 widening project have been submitted, in order to move back line and meters for necessary expansion.

Discussion was held concerning properties now out of compliance with city ordinances, and houses scheduled for condemning or that need to be torn down. Properties at 505 and 507 Nelson Street are due to be condemned.

Leachville will host the Mississippi County mayor's meeting in September.

Council members again asked that LIDC meetings be planned so city officials could attend.

Discussion was held as to feasibility of securing the old post office building and lot for use by the city. Councilman David Wallace agreed to contact Southern Bank owners to see if they will be willing to donate the building to the city or sell at a reduced cost.

Wallace reported on his recent visit to the tornado-damaged area in Joplin, Mo., and his concern for an emergency plan for the City of Leachville, with emergency supplies on hand.

"We have a mutual aid agreement with Manila and Monette," Chuck Brown said.

The council discussed community storm shelter grants and need for an emergency plan to survive the early hours of a natural disaster. Mayor Sheila Spurlock agreed to pull the plans currently on file so the council can review them. David Wallace agreed to give leadership to the council's plans to update their emergency preparedness plan.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at city hall.

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