Monette Council fills vacancy, accepts resignation

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monette City Council accepted the resignation of Ward 1 Alderman Perry Wood at the Monday, Aug. 15, meeting. Wood cited personal reasons for his resignation. This leaves two councilmen seats open for appointment since Billy Watson resigned last month.

The council went into executive session to discuss appointments and hiring.

After reconvening the council voted to appoint Jason Stewart to fill the unexpired term left by Watson in Ward 2, Position 2. No decision was made to fill the position left by Wood. Candidate names will be submitted and decision will be made at the September meeting.

Delbert Clayton was hired as a full-time employee at $10 per hour, plus benefits, as of Aug. 22.

The Night at the Park is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12. A Buffalo Island Central school outing will be held at the park on Sept. 15, and the Buffalo Island Museum will host a Quilt Show on Sept. 17.

Properties on Virginia, Nance and Williams streets were listed as being out of compliance with the ordinance guidelines for clean up or condemnation.

Mayor Chub Qualls gave a report concerning sanitation transfers to Jonesboro.

"It costs us about $250 a day for our trucks to transport sanitation to Jonesboro," Qualls said. "They make sure they have a full load and combine all they can each trip. They are making about four trips a week, which takes them about one and a half hours round trip."

Alderman Dick Pace reported on the city's agreements with the Monette Housing Authority concerning rental of the Community Center.

"We had the original document regarding rental in 1994, then a revision in 2000, and another one in 2002," Pace said. "In 2006 there was an agreement not to rent the center. We need to rescind this agreement and come up with guidelines for a new agreement where we can rent the center."

"Barbara Suber (MHA director) wants us to make sure that the property is taken care of, kept clean and safe," Pace said. "We would be in charge of setting the fees and collecting deposits. There should be no charge incurred by the MHA for use, and any damages will be up to the city to take care of."

The council voted o rescind the 2006 agreement between the city and MHA and return to rental of the property. The former Head Start section on the north side of the building will be secured and only the use of the kitchen and eating area will be made available for rentals. Rental fees and deposits will be required, along with inspections and required cleaning.

Aldermen Tom Carroll and Dick Pace will work with Mayor Qualls to draw up the proposed guidelines for renting the Community Center.

Mayor Qualls reviewed potential changes in district representatives.

The council voted to charge $10 per person for fingerprinting done by city policemen and use the revenue to replace the front sign at the new police station. The council accepted the bid of $2,151 from Gipson Sign Mart in Jonesboro.

The Salary Committee will continue work on an employee salary packet and a possible revision of the employee handbook. Councilmen will be given copies of the current handbook.

No decisions have been made concerning replacement of water meters.

"I think our next project should be the meter situation," Alderman Tom Carroll said.

City Clerk Vickki Carroll reported all the paper work concerning the ballpark grant had been completed and sent in for reimbursement.

The council agreed to place notices in the upcoming water bill to not allow posting of signs (yard sales or other) on city property or poles.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at city hall.

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