Monette citizens pass sales tax

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Monette Mayor Chub Qualls reported to the city council Monday, May 20, the vote on a one-cent sales tax has passed by a vote of 49-37. Revenue from the tax is expected to be received within six-eight months.

After a short executive session the council approved the appointment of Bob Hurst Sr. to fill the unexpired term of council member Joyce Read.

Mayor Qualls revealed an anonymous donor has expressed interest in donating for construction of a city water park. The council will obtain more information on cost and feasibility before formulating plans to build.

"Although it is a good idea, our sewer system couldn't stand the strain to filter the water if it all went into it," Alderman Tom Carroll said. "We need to study the park idea so as to wade off and not dive off into this project."

The council approved providing employee uniforms from G&K Uniform Services in Jonesboro.

The council reviewed the 2010-2012 Legislative Audit. No irregularities were reported.

"Vickki (Carroll) did a great job in keeping our records," Alderman Dick Pace said.

City planning meeting continues as council members work with the Urban Planning Commission.

"It's important that we have an overall plan in place first," Pace said.

"We need to sit down and form a foundation to build on," Alderman Shawn Nance said. "And we need to do it quick. It might take about a year to actually get it done."

"We need to make a list as to what our needs are before we meet with anyone to make the study," Alderman Carroll said. "We need to make an outline of what is most important to us.

"We have already been given the basics, and that's a good start." Pace said.

Mayor Qualls reported the city clean up had gone well, despite the fact a dumpster caught on fire.

The council continues in their effort to enforce the unsightly and unsanitary property ordinance in order to mandate that property owners comply. Police Chief Brian Carmichael sent a registered letter to Robert Fry requiring compliance by the end of December 2013.

The council discussed plans to develop an ordinance allowing the city to do business with city personnel. City Attorney Johnny Dunigan has been requested to draft the ordinance.

Mayor Qualls announced plans for a Memorial Day Service to be held at the city cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

The council voted to purchase a new Water Department computer in order to allow necessary networking between offices.

Alderman Phillip Duffel reported the yellow flashing warning lights are out at BIC School.

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

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