Leachville Council reviews quotes

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Leachville City Council accepted quotes Monday, May 14, for street repair and paving received from Barker Brothers Street Repair and Cummings Chip and Seal. Paving is needed on Bandy, Jenny, Matthew, Doc Rodman and Chestnut Streets. The total bid from Cummings was $69,478.24.

The council voted to formally adopt Jenny and Matthew Streets, off Bandy Street. House numbering changes on Bandy Street are still being considered in order to comply with 911 listings.

Names for the streets inside of the cemetery are also being considered. The council appointed alderman David Wallace to chair a committee to make name recommendations for the three or four streets. Aldermen Bill Hetler and Teresa Johnson will also serve on the committee with Wallace. The committee agreed to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the fire station.

After a brief discussion the council agreed to use Cummings as the contractor, with further negotiations.

The decision to make the city park a smoke-free zone was tabled for 12 months, in order to allow more time to study the idea.

The council established a Watermelon Festival budget of $2,500 for the annual July festivities. Tammi Stockton will serve as this year's event chairman, with the festival tentatively planned for July 20-21.

The Relay for Life is set for June 22 at the Leachville City Park.

The council agreed to contribute to the annual Fourth of July fireworks display at the park, sponsored by the Cave Dwellers.

During a special council meeting last month part time employee wages were set at $9.00 per hour, per Mayor Sheila Spurlock's discretion.

The Melody Theatre roof has been resurfaced by Mitchell Specialties from Paragould at a total cost of $13,713.84.

"We are very pleased with the roof and have had no leaks since it was put on," Spurlock said.

Police Chief Keith Evans gave the March and April department report. Monies turned over to the General Fund included $7,277, $200 in jail fees collected, with jail bill for March at $2,805 and April at $825. Twenty-two traffic citations were issued, including 16 criminal arrests and three animal control ordinance citations.

The new police vehicle is due to arrive by June 28, of this month.

Thirteen dumpsters were filled during the city wide clean up.

Alderman Teresa Johnson reported the Fire Department and First Responders answered 14 calls last month, with five fire related. The truck received from the Forrest Service has been painted and striped and has passed approval for commissioning into full service.

Policemen Steve Lancaster and Chuck Brown were approved by the council as Leachville firemen after fulfilling their probation period as candidates.

Visitor Paul Wildy recommended the city consider registering residential safe rooms and storm shelters so emergency personnel would know where to check for people following a disaster.

The next regularily scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at city hall.

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