Leachville Council approves year end bonuses, reviews budget
Leachville City Council passed an ordinance, set end of year employee bonuses, and reviewed 2013 budget at the regular council meeting held Monday, Nov. 12.
The council discussed proposed 2013 budget needs, which consisted of Police Department computer, softwear and training and Water Department vehicle.
Mayor Sheila Spurlock reported the State Highway Department agreed to pay $8,100 for replacement of the "Welcome to Leachville" sign on Highway 18. The sign will be 8'6" tall and 11'6" inches wide. Sign design and construction composition is being studied.
Police Chief Keith Evans reported $5,030 in fine monies turned over to the city's General Fund in October, with jail fees at $560. Twenty-four traffic citations were issued, with 21 criminal arrests, three DWIs, four felony cases with arrests on different charges.
Mark Johnson gave the Fire Department and First Responders report. The 1988 model fire truck experienced water tank trouble and need for repair. It will be used to test water pumps as a training exercise. Department responded to several grass and cotton module fires in October.
Robert Ballard gave the Water Department report, which consisted of purchase of a 200 KW diesel generator from State Surplus. The city shop will be wired for use. A wastewater pump has been purchased for emergency use. New aerators have been included in the 2013 budget.
Larry's Pump Service has been contracted to test water pumps.
Paving material and cost for cemetery streets and city walking track improvements are being considered, with reviews of using paving overlay or chip and seal.
An emergency was declared and Ordinance 2012-1 was passed on the third reading. The ordinance allows the mayor, city employees and family members to do limited business with the city. Purchases under $500 in value can be approved by the mayor. Others will be brought before the council. Elected officials must abstain from all actions related to selection or compensation for any business that might involve doing business or receiving services outside of their position as an elected official from them or a relative.
Ordinance 2012-2 establishing requirements for location and safety of manufactured homes within the city was reviewed and tabled so that information as to variances for existing mobile home park could be added.
Year end bonuses for 12 full time employees were set at $600 each plus payment of taxes. One part-time employee bonus was set at $200. Eighteen of the 21 firemen will receive a $100 bonus, as three firemen are already receiving bonuses in other departments.
Pay raises, department increases and decreases were discussed for potential inclusion in 2013 budget. The council agreed to review and may call a special meeting to finalize.
The council approved Lois Hunter for appoint to the Leachville Housing Authority, per recommendation from the board of directors.
A Thanksgiving lunch for city employees will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at city hall.
The Leachville Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 24.
"Rodney Robertson told me he plans to remove the two mobile homes from his Second Street property within the next two weeks," Mayor Spurlock said.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at city hall.