Leachville City Council discusses annexation

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Leachville City Council talked about annexation and finding a new grocery store at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 9.

Leachville City Council members

In the mayor's comments portion of the council meeting Leachville Mayor Shelia Spurlock talked to the council about annexing properties on Highway 18 going southwest to the Craighead County line. Spurlock suggested the council talk with city attorney Chris Jester to find out what the process would be to get the proposed annexation on the November 2014 general election ballot.

"I think that is the fairest way to do it," Council member David Wallace said. "Put it on the ballot of a general election where there is the biggest voter turnout and let the people decide."

Spurlock said putting a possible annexation on the ballot for next year would give the council time to discuss boundary lines, talk to the public and do a survey of proposed annexation land if needed.

"I will talk to Monette Mayor Chub Qualls and get some information about how they did their annexation," Spurlock said. "We will also have to petition the county to let us annex those properties into the city."

The Council agreed to discuss a possible annexation in future meetings. Spurlock also discussed the city's loss of grocery store Farmers Market.

"We are working on getting another grocery store," Spurlock said. "There are three grocery stores possibly interested in locating here, but it will not be in the old grocery store location. I was told the building is for sale but G&W Foods corporate headquarters has made it clear there will not be another grocery store allowed to open in that building or on the property south of town. Whatever G&W Foods does I wish them the best but we need a grocery store and I'm working on it. I'm sure we will be able to help a new grocery store find a place here."

In other business the council approved a fall city clean up to be held Sept. 27-28 and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Council member Teresa Johnson reported the Leachville Fire Department received a $1,000 matching grant. The grant will be used for parts and repairs. Water Department employees Larry Ballard and Robert Ballard will be attending training at the Arkansas Water Association for yearly certifications. Robert Ballard will also be going to recertify as plumbing inspector this month.

Before adjourning Spurlock reported to the council a representative from the state highway department was in town last week to look at roads that were submitted for street improvement funds. She said it would include 7th Street, Bridges Road, Lane Street and 11th Street from the highway to the city park.

"We should know in January if we will get any of the those funds to do the repairs on our city streets," Spurlock said.

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