The Leachville City Council named eight new streets at the Leachville Cemetery and discussed correlating city house numbers and county 911 emergency listings at the council meeting held Monday, July 9.
After Alderman David Wallace read a list of potential names of former Leachville leaders, the council selected eight new street names for the cemetery. The names chosen included Tuggle Honnell, Joe Wheeler, H.G. Johnson, Buie Ray, F.L. McHaney, Wilbur Lovelady, John Finley and Appleby, after a Civil War soldier buried there.
The council continued to work on settling the problems with the 911 service addresses.
"I called the county 911 office and the phone company to try to resolve the differences with the addresses situation in Leachville," Mayor Sheila Spurlock said. "There is a great confusion between what street address is listed here in town, at the 911 office, at the telephone company and even at the post office. We have a growing concern we might not be able to reach someone calling for help because the addresses are all mixed up. "
The council is considering having correct street address signs printed and placed in the front yard of residences.
"We can't coordinate the county 911 and telephone company addresses," Spurlock said. "There are several discrepancies."
"We need to see a master list of addresses in order to start work on it," Alderman Bruce Wilson said.
"Many of the newer developments were never brought to the city for house numbering," City Clerk Ruth Ann Keith said.
"We have to figure out a way to get the addresses to correspond with what 911 shows on their records for that residence, so emergency personnel will know where to go," Spurlock said. "This could be a scary situation if someone calls for help and 911 lists them at one address, and that is not where they actually live."
"We don't have an ambulance here in Leachville, and for anyone coming in here the addresses are very important," Alderman Teresa Johnson said.
Mayor Spurlock and the council will continue to work with the County 911 office in Blytheville to solve the problem.
Police Chief Keith Evans gave the June Police Department report, which consisted of $4,815 in fines collected. Thirty-five traffic citations were issued in June along with 15 criminal arrests and one DWI.
"Our new truck should be delivered by the end of the week," Evans said.
The Water Department monthly report listed a recent water main break and an order placed for a new lift pump.
The Fire Department and First Responders reported being called out for several grass fires and work being done on units #1 and #3.
Mayor Spurlock and the council expressed their appreciation for the excellent Fourth of July fireworks display presented by "The Cave Dwellers" at the city park.
Work continues on condemning several lots within the city that are out of ordinance compliance. The deadline for making improvements is July 21.
Alderman Ethel Hetler requested the council consider redistricting wards to better reflect population growth.
Annexation was also discussed and tabled until policemen could develop a proposed map for the August meeting.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at city hall.