Mayor Chub Qualls led the Monette City Council May 21 in a discussion concerning the need to levy city sales and use tax to finance immediate improvements of municipal services needs.
Revenue from the proposed one percent city tax would be distributed with 1/8 going to parks, 1/8 to streets, 1/4 to the Water Department, 1/4 to the Sewer Department, 1/8 for sanitation, and 1/8 for emergency needs.
The council passed Ordinance 2012-2 to levy a one percent sales and use tax within the city of Monette.
The council also declared an emergency and passed Ordinance 2012-3 calling for a special election on Sept. 11, to let city residents decide on the one percent sales and use tax addition.
Mayor Qualls reported that the drainage behind Dr. Dennis Parten's office and Dowless Carpet needs to be corrected.
"The water pockets at the back doors leading into the businesses," Qualls said. "With the wiring at the back of the building near the roof line, installation of gutters there might be a problem."
The council discussed several recommendations to alleviate the problem. One included slanting the alley to the north of the buildings to allow a ground level drain eastward to Highway 139, then south to Highway 18 city drainage system. Discussion also questioned the feasibility of owners installing gutters to divert water to the alleyway between the two buildings running south to Highway 18 city drains.
The council voted to allow Mayor Qualls to speak to the owners of the building about possible answers to their drainage situation.
Alderman Bob Blankenship reported a five-foot concrete entrance would be added to the American Legion building on Drew Avenue to improve handicapped accessibility to the building, as requested by the Election Commission. The cost for improvements is estimated at $1,300. The building serves as the voting place for city residents.
The council requested that cost for the improvements be split between the Election Commission and the City of Monette.
The council discussed cost proposals from AUC Group, of Houston, concerning construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, and/or modification of existing plant. Availability of grants was also discussed. The decision was tabled until more information could be obtained.
The council voted to repay $6,966.69 to the County Treasurer's office for overpayment of road funds.
Alderman Jason Stewart reported on the Monette Youth Association. He said payment of $7,000 was made on the sports park loan principal, out of money they collected from sign and brick account sales. This leaves a $19,000 balance.
"We can decide later what to do," Alderman Dick Pace said.
The council voted to purchase a MYA brick for the citizens of Monette, as done by the Black Oak City Council for their residents.
Alderman Pace requested City Clerk Vickki Carroll print a line budget report for use by aldermen at council meetings.
Alderman Joyce Read gave a City Beautification report and plans for the start of the monthly Yard of the Month selections.
An air conditioner will be added to the building used for Boy Scout meetings at the city park.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at at city hall.