Monette City Council employees were treated to a luncheon at the Buffalo Island Museum following a short business meeting by the City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The council suspended the rules and declared an emergency to pass Ordinance 2011-3 on the third and final reading, for approval of flood plain insurance.
Chief of Police Brian Carmichael announced he had applied for a $50,000 JAG grant from the State of Arkansas and had received $27,000 for the purchase of a new police car and stop system.
The council voted to allow Chief Carmichael to order a new 2012 Dodge Charger police care, with arrival expected within 90 days. The city will pay for the police car and be reimbursed from grand funding.
Mayor Chub Qualls accepted a check from State Representative Homer Lenderman for $5,000 from GIF funding on Monday, Dec.12. Another check from Senator Paul Bookout for $4,000 is expected to arrive soon.
The Craighead County Solid Waste Disposal Authority station is now open. Increase in dumping fees will begin July 1, 2012, with $1.50 increase the next two years.
The council agreed to get more estimates to repair or replace the roof on the old city hall building, being used by Emerson Ambulance Service. One estimate was received from Landon Barrett to repair the roof for $1,225 or replace it for $6,500.
City employees investigated and took care of drainage problems at the corner of Virginia Avenue and S. Edmond Street, at a minimal cost to the city.
City officials, council members, employees and spouses have been invited to an appreciation dinner hosted by the Monette Housing Authority at 6 p.m. Dec. 29.
More information will be obtained from the Arkansas Municipal League concerning the city's 2012 budget. The city has until the Feb.1, 2012 deadline to approve the budget.
The 2012 Monette Youth Association was presented by Councilman Jason Stewart and approved by the council. These include Matt Rolland, president; Angie Rolland, vice president; Beth Pitts, secretary/treasurer; Jack Clark, field director; Christina Petty, fund raising; J.P. McCord, gate director; Brian Carmichael, equipment director; and Jason Stewart, council representative.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at city hall.