Council discusses water, sewer for new housing

Monday, December 23, 2013
Monette City Council and Mayor discuss water and sewer for new housing.

The Monette City Council met at the Buffalo Island Museum Monday, Dec. 16, for its regular meeting where the council discussed running water and sewer to a proposed new housing development on Edna Mae Way.

Landon Barrett has purchased land on Edna Mae Way where he intends to build affordable housing in the $80,000 to $100,000 range. The council discussed last month getting an estimate of what it would cost to run water and sewer to that area. Barrett also discussed the possibility of putting in a septic system.

At Monday's meeting aldermen were presented with an estimate of what it would cost to run water and sewer lines 400 feet to the first two homes in the proposed new addition. The council was also given a letter from the Arkansas Department of Health stating that a septic system could not be put in that area. The new houses would have to be on city water and sewer.

Alderman Jason Stewart asked if Barrett had gotten the easements and right of ways necessary for the project. Others discussed the need for a long range plan that would map out the entire project by phases and would include the elevation, grade, the need for a lift station and flow of water and sewer lines beyond the first two houses being built in the new addition. With other housing projects the builder paid for the water and sewer lines to be put in and after each phase of the project was complete and those lines were up to code the city would buy back the water/sewer lines.

All council members and Mayor Chub Qualls agreed that they did not want to hinder progress of the new development in any way but wanted to make sure that any building in the city is done right. The Council agreed to hold a special meeting before its next regular meeting to vote on the project if Barrett could provide more information about elevation, easements, actual cost estimates and a future plan.

The aldermen then heard the first reading of ordinance 2013-8 adopting the 2014 budget for Monette. The council voted to suspend the rules and place the ordinance on second reading. After passing the ordinance on second reading, the council again voted to suspend the rules and place the ordinance on third reading for final passage. Ordinance 2013-8 adopting the 2014 budget was approved unanimously.

In other business alderman agreed not to take any action until next month on a letter from the Arkansas Highway Department concerning what will happen to Highway 18 that runs through Monette after the new four lane bypass is complete.

Mayor Qualls then informed the council the truck purchased six years ago from a landfill grant to do blue bags for recycling will be returned to the landfill in 30 days. At that time the truck will be put up for auction and the city has the option of buying the truck back. Qualls went on to say the city will be getting $20,088 in grant funds to buy back the truck and purchase a new truck that can be used for anything the city needs as long as Monette continues doing the blue bags for three more years.

The council then unanimously passed a motion to pay $20 per city employee, fire department employee and council member for Wigs emergency helicopter service. Before adjourning the council also passed a motion to roll forward water and sewer increases to 2015 and agreed to discuss making an ordinance limiting fundraising at the traffic light intersection.

The Monette City Council held its regular meeting at the Buffalo Island Museum Monday, Dec. 16. After the meeting council members joined city employees at the Municipal Complex for a Christmas party.

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