Leachville Mayor gives state of city address

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Leachville Mayor Shelia Spurlock gave the 2014 state of city address at the Monday, Feb. 17, regular city council meeting.

Mayor Spurlock said 2013 was a busy year for Leachville and 2014 looks to be just as busy. She said last year the city received several grants including a JAG grant for the Police Department, which was used to purchase radios and computers for the officers. The Leachville Fire Department received grant funds for new heating, has purchased new turnout gear and the city applied for street repair funds through the highway department last year. Leachville will receive the street repair funds this year allowing four of the city's streets to be repaved, hopefully this spring.

"We have a very good working budget for this year," Mayor Spurlock said. "We will be applying for a $10,000 general improvement funds grant this March. The council needs to decide what that money will be used for. We can use it to purchase equipment, do sidewalk repairs or we can purchase play equipment for the park. We will need to know by next month what the council wants to use those funds for."

On the list of things for 2014 is possible annexation of areas south of Leachville and Highway 18, a new grocery store, paying off a fire truck in September, working with the new bank in Leachville and cleaning up inhabitable buildings and areas of the city. Mayor Spurlock asked the council to continue notifying her of properties that need to be cleaned-up or torn down. The council in the coming months will begin to condemn both residential and commercial properties in the city that have already been served several clean-up letters.

The council passed ordinance 2014-1 submitting to the voters of the city of Leachville and the effected area the proposed annexation and declaring it an emergency. The Mississippi County Clerk's office will be notifying voters in the proposed annexation area allowing them to vote. The purposed annexation will be submitted to the Mississippi County Election March 3 and will be on the ballot possibly for the primary election.

In other business Police Chief Keith Evans said the department is busy working felonies, drug cases and domestics. Court funds were low because court wasn't held in January and the department is looking at other companies for its uniforms. The new police truck has been ordered.

In the street department report is was announced the paperwork is underway for a new tractor. The fire department has water damage in the offices and around the fire house that needs repair. The new aerator has been ordered for the water department and the council agreed to accept U.S. Bank for the five year lease purchase agreement of the aerator at a 2.5 percent interest rate. The aerator is being built and the department will need funds in mid March for that. The council also accepted resolution 2014-1 amending the 2013 budget and resolution 2014-2 reaffirming the 2014 city budget.

The council approved letting Alderman Tommy Stone, Alderman David Wallace and Fire Chief Mark Johnson look into the cost and need for a fire department sub station on the south end of Leachville.

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