Lake City holds Town meeting

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lake City officials held a town meet on Feb. 17 to discuss the water and sewer rates for the city.

Joining city officials at the meeting were Sylvester Smith, consultant for Legacy Consulting, and candidate Dan Sullivan, who is running for the Representative 53 position, and several citizens from the community.

Mayor Jon Milligan introduced Smith who spoke on the current grant he is working on.

Smith said the Safe Routes to School Grant is a federal grant applied for through the Arkansas Highway Department for sidewalks for the city. It will take approximately 18-24 months for completion with a total cost of $100,000 to $175,000. The work will be completed in three phases. The first will start from the elementary school to Hickory Street; the second from Hickory Street to Catfish Drive; the third will run south on Hickory Street and north on Hickory Street to Highway 18. The grant will furnish the materials and the city will furnish the labor.

Mayor Milligan proceeded with a discussion on the proposed water and sewer rates. The water rates for the city have not been raised since 1995. The city has had trash pickup increases but no increases to the water and sewer. The Mayor reviewed rates per average gallon and explained to everyone in attendance if the city does not take action, it could face serious issues in the future. According to a report by the Arkansas Municipal League, Lake City has the lowest water rates in the state of Arkansas.

The mayor answered questions from the audience.

The city has 300 auto-read meters installed in the city.

Mayor Milligan asked everyone to check out the city's Face book page at Lake City, Arkansas.

"We are under construction so bear with us while we get going and revamp our website," Mayor Milligan said. "It should be better.

Another public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 10, before the next regular city council meeting.

Following the public meeting, the February council meeting was held.

Sylvester Smith spoke about grants he has been working on for the city over the past year including $15,000 to be used to help purchase a generator for the well house. Other areas he has been pursuing for the city is economic development and he has spoken with several retailers but they want individuals to provide a franchise only type business.

Fire Chief Chris Snyder approached the council requesting the purchase of a new fire truck. A new truck had been discussed at a previous meeting and bids were received as instructed by the Council.

The fire truck is a 3,000 gallon Kenworth 2014 model T-370 Cab and Chassis Fire Truck, provided by Fouts Bros. Fire Equipment for a total cost of $195,139. The truck will not be available for three to four months for delivery.

It was decided the city would leave a balance of $25,000 in the Fire District Account and apply the remaining balance to the fire truck on a 10 year balloon note. Interest rate will be 3.6 percent, renegotiable in five years.

Alderman Danny Dunigan made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jeffery Wisham, to seek financing with Focus Bank on the purchase of the truck. The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Milligan gave the State of the City address.

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