Monette Council works through ongoing projects

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monette City Council worked through several ongoing projects, including repairs, grants and purchases, when the council met Monday, Nov. 21.

Mayor Chub Qualls reported the water leak behind the play area at the city park had been taken care. The roof at the city building, behind city hall, has been sealed to prevent leakage.

The council approved expenditures up to $2,500 for repairing the roof leak at the old city hall building, at 121 Edmonds, now occupied by Emerson Ambulance Service.

Police Chief Brian Carmichael gave information concerning the status of the police car grant request which should be obtained by Dec. 1. The grant would allow for the purchase of a new 2011 Dodge Charger vehicle.

The issue concerning the closing of the alleyway off Stewart Street has been dropped.

The Monette Christmas Parade is scheduled for Monday evening, Dec. 5. The parade director is Kaye Staggs. Joyce Read has been selected as Grand Marshal.

The Buffalo Island Museum will be open to the public during the parade. Hot beverages will be sold adjacent to the museum.

Excess city equipment will be assembled and sold in 2012.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at city hall. The annual employee dinner will be held following the meeting. Merchants will be invited as special guests.

The City Beautification Committee will be selecting residential and business Christmas Lighting winners on Dec. 15.

The council approved Christmas bonuses to all full time employees at $500 and part time at $250.

An addendum to the existing flood zone ordinance is being prepared to allow purchase of individual flood insurance. The addendum will be ready for passage at the December council meeting.

Consideration is being given for the purchase of a coded weather siren to replace the one that is inoperable.

Mayor Qualls reported the new sanitation dump station at Lake City is nearing completion.

Water drainage problems on S. Edmonds and Virginia Avenue are being studied for solutions. The issue was tabled until more information can be obtained.

Copies of the 2012 proposed budget were passed out to the council, with consideration given to employee handbook and wages.

Fencing repair at the ballpark was discussed along with anchoring bleachers to concrete pads to stabilize them during high winds. The Monette Youth Association has winterized the ball park and elected new officers. Alderman Jason Stewart will submit names of new officers for approval at the December council meeting.

Fire Chief Bob Blankenship praised the work of local and neighboring firemen, policemen and businesses who helped control the fire earlier this month at Monette Co-Op.

"They all took care of the citizens and the public passing through town," Blankenship said. "I have nothing but praise for these dedicated people. We also had the Forest Service assist us. We used over 150,000 gallons of water on that fire. We can see that more discussions will be needed for prevention of fires in the future."

The council expressed their sympathy to patrolman Brandon Womack and his wife Shona on the loss of their daughter Paislee.

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