Council expresses thanks to Cave Dwellers

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mayor Sheila Spurlock and city council members recently expressed their appreciation to the Cave Dwellers for providing the excellent Fourth of July fireworks display at the city park. Councilman Teresa Johnson accepted the plaque on behalf of the Cave Dwellers.

The City of Leachville presents plaque to the Cave Dwellers for their work on the Fourth of July celebration. Pictured from left: Bruce Wilson, Mayor Shelia Spurlock, Ethel Hetler, Teresa Johnson, Bill Hetler, Johnny Hawkins and David Wallace.

"This is the sixth year for the fireworks display," Spurlock said. "Our residents really enjoy the display, and the crowd grows bigger every year. Our policemen and city employees also made a great effort to see to it the fireworks went off safely."

"There were no mosquitoes either," Alderman Bruce Wilson said.

The council also expressed their appreciation of Tammy Stockton for her work on the Watermelon Festival, and for Lisa Martin's beauty pageant fundraiser, the proceeds of $740 being donated to the Melody Theatre.

In regular session Spurlock reported the first stage of street paving and repair of major potholes had been completed. Slag will be added to an unpaved east and west street at the cemetery with paving to be done at a later date.

"The paving looks good and really makes a difference in our streets," Spurlock said.

Police Chief Keith Evans reported officers had attended a state drug training conference in Hot Springs earlier this summer.

"The caution light at the school was turned on today," Evans said. "The re-painting of the crosswalks will be done soon."

Water Department reports included repair of water leaks at the park and work being done on Elm Street.

Spurlock reminded the councilmen present that filing petitions were due by noon Friday, Aug. 17.

Annexation was again discussed, with needs for a petition to be drawn up after areas have been defined. Consideration has been given to holding a town meeting to discuss the proposed annexation. City Attorney Chris Jester will be asked to attend the September council meeting to discuss the issue.

Chief Evans presented maps listing residents in the Neil Township, State Line district, Highway 77 to Buckeye, Highway 18 east to bridge, and Highway 18 to the Carmi Community. The Leachville Fire District already covers these areas.

The council approved Ruth Ann Keith attending the municipal clerks meeting in Fayetteville.

Mayor Spurlock reported she has still been unable to solve the 911 issue with Mississippi County officials.

"There is no master list at the county office for us to cross-reference," Spurlock said. "I was told that all the addresses are set up through the phone company."

"They want to implement the program but don't want to take care of it," Alderman Johnson said.

The council approved Alderman David Wallace to talk with the 911 service management personnel to see if anything could be done to make street numbering corrections before an emergency situation occurred.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at city hall.

The City of Leachville presents an appreciation plaque to the Cave Dwellers for their work on the Fourth of July celebration. Pictured are, from left: Bruce Wilson, Mayor Sheila Spurlock, Ethel Hetler, Teresa Johnson, Bill Hetler, Johnny Hawkins, and David Wallace. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

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