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Monette Council works through varied agenda

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Monette City Council met Monday, Sept. 17, and discussed water meters, salaries, a mobile home ordinance and a beautification project.

Charlie Barber and Jason Thomalia with WinNelson of Blytheville addressed the council concerning replacement and updating the city's water meters system with touch or drive-by reading technology. The city of Monette presently has 585 water meters, and is in the process of formulating plans to replace meters in variable quantities involving several years.

The council tabled employee salaries until potential sales tax revenues can be evaluated.

"If the city sales tax passes this November, it will be about six months until we will start receiving funds," Mayor Chub Qualls said.

Mayor Qualls reported that the Night at the Park was a huge success, and he thanked the police department personnel and volunteers who made it possible.

The council discussed the proposed Mobile Home Ordinance update and tabled approval until more information could be obtained.

Mayor Qualls appointed aldermen Tom Carroll, Jason Stewart and Dickie Pace to meet with City Attorney Johnny Dunigan and review the proposed ordinance. A special council meeting will be called to act on the ordinance in the next few weeks.

A Housing and Planning Committee will be formed to oversee inspection and enforcement of the new ordinance.

Plans are being made to update the 2008 Disaster Preparedness Handbook.

The Buffalo Island Yard Sale will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, followed by the city wide Clean Sweep Oct. 6-12.

Several park lights were reported as needing replacement. Decision to replace them was tabled until alderman Tom Carroll can review some pricing.

Installation of new fireplugs and corrections to waterlines north of town were discussed.

Abandoned business properties and houses were also discussed, along with standing water hazards and safety issues.

City Beautification Chairman Joyce Read reviewed the ongoing Christmas light refurbishing project and the need to purchase additional pole decorations. The council approved $1,000 for purchasing additional lighting displays.

Read reviewed the Yard of the Month selection process used to select winners for the June, July and August project. Christmas business and residential Christmas lighting winners and residential door winners will be named in December.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at city hall.



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