Leachville Council works

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Leachville City Council met Monday, June 11, and worked through a short agenda consisting of museum reports, street projects, and naming streets and securing correct 911 addresses.

Mayor Sheila Spurlock reported the roof at the Melody Theatre has been repaired with no reported leaks.

Councilwoman Ethel Hetler asked why theatre seats had not been installed.

"We had waited until roof was repaired," Spurlock said. "They are older seats but good ones. We need to wait until cold weather to install them, as our men are busy this time of year. The seats are stored at the old Hudson building until they can be put in."

Police Chief Keith Evans reported that $3,740 had been collected by the Police Department for June and will go into the General Fund. Jail fees collected were $460 with no statement received from the county jail for incarcerations. Jail fees are expected to increase. Twenty-eight traffic citations were issued, with 24 criminal arrests, two DWIs, two felony residential burglary charges, and one felony battery on police officer. Delivery of the new police vehicle is set for June 28.

The Street Department is continuing cleaning on the west side of the railroad ditch, off Church Street. County work crews work each Wednesday in Leachville and will be taking care of the Veteran's Memorial and sidewalks.

Mayor Spurlock reported the contract had been signed with Cummings Chip and Seal. Councilman David Wallace represented the city and reported a company discount of $3,033, leaving a balance of $66,445. Cummings agreed to take $40,000 down and allow the city to pay $2,000 a month on the balance with no interest charged. The council approved the payment arrangements.

Work to correlate 911 street addresses with actual house numbers is still ongoing. The council continues to be concerned about safety matters for emergency personnel to respond to correct addresses when needed. The council asked Mayor Spurlock to find out cost of printing yard signs with addresses.

"We need everything to coincide," Spurlock said. "Right now houses may be listed at one address, 911 has them at another, and the post office still another. This could end up being a matter of life or death if someone calls for help and we can't find them."

"We are just trying to help our residents," said Councilman Bruce Wilson.

Several street signs were also reported missing.

The Cemetery Street Committee continues to work on naming the eight streets at the cemetery.

The Fire Department had several medical calls last month, with one fire call. Firemen with the Cave Dwellers continue to work on the Fourth of July celebration. An inflatable unit has been donated for children to enjoy at the park, prior to the fireworks.

The Water Department has started spraying for mosquitoes on Mondays and Thursdays. Plans are to spray before the fireworks display on July 4.

The annual Relay for Life will be held at the city park on June 22.

Spurlock and the council expressed their appreciation for the work done by Leachville Boy Scout Troop #42 by putting a fall zone at the city park.

The annual Watermelon Festival is scheduled for July 20-21 on main street, with Tammy Stockton serving as chairman.

Visitor Karen Wallace requested the city look into securing small American flags for display on veterans' graves during Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at city hall.

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