Monette Council discusses water, sewer addition

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Monette City Council met Friday, Dec. 14, at the Buffalo Island Museum and discussed Alena Street water and sewer services, ordinances and a Monette Housing Authority director appointment.

The council discussed the extension of water and sewer lines to property belonging to Shawn Nance, on the east end of Alena Street.

The council reviewed utility easements and discussed options for placement. A map of Northview Estates, south of Alena Street, shows a 10' drainage and utility easement along the east side of the property. Potential water access to Nance's property could be attained by laying lines northward from Northview Estates. Sewer lines were viewed to be potentially accessible eastward along Alena Street.

The need for a potential lift station was also discussed. The council agreed to review all possibilities for utilities, and make a decision at the January meeting.

Mayor Chub Qualls reported plans for the Arkansas Highway Department to grind down the high sidewalk near Eat-A-Bites Restaurant, on Drew Avenue, for safety access purposes.

New extensions to the city's animal control shelter are nearing completion.

Revisions to Water and Sewer proposed ordinances were tabled until wording clarifications could be made by City Attorney Johnny Dunigan. The ordinances would freeze the 2013 water and sewer fees and meter increases, with continuances in 2014. The ordinances will be reviewed at a special called meeting on Jan. 1, 2013, following oath-of-office ceremonies at city hall.

The 2013 proposed city budget will be reviewed during the Jan. 1 meeting also.

The council declared an emergency and passed Arkansas Energy Code Ordinance 2012-9, which provides minimum standards for the design of new buildings and structures and additions designed for human occupancy.

The council passed Ordinance 2012-5 on the second reading. The ordinance deals with unsightly and unsanitary conditions and penalties.

Jerry Reed was recommended for reappointment to serve on the Monette Housing Authority Board of Directors. The council approved his appointment unanimously.

The council reviewed options for providing a service truck to collect Blue Bag recyclable items.

"I was very pleased with the excellent Christmas parade we had on Dec. 3 and have received many complimentary reports on it," Mayor Qualls said.

Qualls reported the new Subway will begin dirt work in two weeks, right after the first of the year.

Mayor Qualls and the council expressed their appreciation for Bob Blankenship's service as a council member. Blankenship did not seek re-election for the position and is currently serving on the Craighead County Quorum Court.

"I have enjoyed serving on the council," Blankenship said. "I'm not going anywhere and will still be serving as fire chief and other things when needed."

The annual Christmas luncheon for city employees followed the council meeting at city hall.

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