Leachville Council works through varied agenda

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Leachville City Council worked through an agenda consisting of grant receipts, department reports and committee appointments when they met Monday, Jan. 9.

The financial report listed the use of a Water Department certificate of deposit to pay for a city backhoe and $25,000 of Money Market revenue to make payments on a Ditch Witch vacuum.

A $500 GIF check was received by the Melody Theatre Committee and another $3,000 for city beautification.

"Rebecca Clowers and Keith Evans are working on a grant for $22,000," Mayor Sheila Spurlock said.

City Police Chief Evans reported that $5,545 in revenue was turned over to the General Fund for December 2011 collections. Jail fees collected were $340. There were 22 traffic citations, 20 criminal arrests, three DWI #1, one DWI #3, and two warrants served.

Evans reported the new police truck has been ordered and is due for delivery in March. The Dodge Charger police vehicle will be put up for bids soon.

The fire department report was given by Chief Mark Johnson and listed one fire response and 13 First Responder calls. Regular repairs were completed on equipment.

"We have had several requests for control burns," said Johnson.

The council restated that control burns are not allowed by EPA or the city due to liability issues, even though several properties need it.

There was no water department report.

Mayor Spurlock opened bids on the small blue Chevrolet truck being sold by the city. Bids were received from Albert Hancock, Donnie Ford, Chris Cooper and Bobby Wood. The bid from Donnie Ford for $365.50 was accepted for the sale.

Charges for non-city personnel CPR certification were set at $40 and non-city re-certification at $20. Fees for the testing will be received by the city and administered by policeman Steve Lancaster.

"I think Steve (Lancaster) should be compensated for his time doing this," said councilman Bruce Wilson.

Mayor Spurlock agreed to check on compensation for Lancaster.

The council agreed to continue meeting monthly at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at city hall.

As requested, city attorney Chris Jester is currently working on an animal control ordinance.

Leachville resident Linda Rece requested the city repair her driveway, which she claims was damaged by a fully loaded 18-wheeler turning around in it. She claimed the city was responsible for damages to her yard and driveway, and that policemen directed the truck during the incident.

"I think you need to contact the trucking company," said alderman Bill Hetler. "The city is not liable for what the trucking company did."

"The truck was already in the driveway when the police arrived," Chief Evans said.

Councilman Wilson answered accusations by Mrs. Reece by saying, "You don't know that the policemen told him (the truck driver) to do it. You need to contact the trucking company."

During citizen comments, Rick Collier expressed concern over the leaky roof at the Melody Theatre. The council discussed the situation at length.

"We need to form a Theatre Restoration Committee," Alderman Wilson said. "We need a new roof, and it has to be fixed right, or it will be gone."

Wilson moved to form the Theatre Restoration Committee with Rick Collier as chairman. The council approved the committee formation with the stipulation that all proposed spending be brought before the council for approval. Collier will choose committee members to help him on the project.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at city hall.

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