Leachville Council hears reports

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Leachville City Council heard department reports at its regular meeting Monday, April 21.

Leachville Police chief Keith Evans told the council he had called Radio Communications about adding another radio frequency for the city but has not heard back on that matter. He also said the police department collected $14,000 in fines and forfeitures in March. Evans said the large amount was because court was not held in January or February due to inclement weather. He went on to say the department had received its fuel cards. Council members asked Evans what could be done about speeding and drag racing down East Swihart Road and Winchester. Evans assured the council that officers would begin patrolling those areas more.

Robert Ballard of the water department asked the council to raise the cost of water and sewer taps. He explained with the increased cost of brass and other materials the city was losing money. After discussion the council voted unanimously to increase the cost of a water tap from $225 to $325 and a sewer tap from $250 to $350.

Ballard also asked the council if the city's equipment could be used to clean out grease traps for local businesses. Council members felt using city equipment for private businesses was too much of a liability and approved a motion unanimously not to allow the equipment to be used. Also during the water report the council voted unanimously to replace equipment for $6,000.

Ballard told the council the plastic manhole inserts and covers had been ordered as they requested and those are being installed to bring manholes up to street level to help with flooding.

In other reports Mayor Sheila Spurlock said the street department has been busy clearing ditches and had to cut down a tree that was next to a fire hydrant at the Williams Building.

Council member Teresa Johnson said Larry's Pump Repair would be at the fire department to inspect fire trucks. She said all trucks would be checked. Johnson went on to say that 10 air tanks had been pressure checked by Henson Fire and the department needs 10 more tanks. The council voted unanimously to purchase 10 more tanks for the fire department.

Councilman David Wallace said he talked to two of the three remaining fire department retirees about confirming the dates for some of those who had retired and are having trouble getting benefits. He said there has been some discrepancies in the dates of the retirement for some members of the Old Fire Plan. He doubts anything could be done about the matter.

Wallace suggested the council work on rewriting the city handbook. He felt an experienced council should rewrite the handbook and suggested each section be worked on by two or more of the council. The council also voted unanimously to have each department head give a report of work schedules and job descriptions at next month's meeting so the council can begin work on the handbook.

In Mayor's comments Spurlock announced that city clean up would be April 25-27 but if inclement weather occurred the clean up would take place the following weekend. She also asked the council what it would like to do with the $10,000 general improvement fund grant that is available to the city. The council voted to apply for the grant and if received use the funds to purchase tornado sirens for the city.

Mayor Spurlock also wanted to remind Leachville voters the city's annexation proposal will be on the primary election ballot May 20.

Councilman Bill Hetler asked what was being done with the old police truck since the department recently got a new one. The old truck is still being used by the department but Hetler and council member Ethel Hetler felt the truck should be placed in another department. The council agreed and voted unanimously to give the truck to the water department.

There were inquires made to who was using the city's older vehicles, what they were being used for and if any of the vehicles could be sold. The council voted unanimously to have the street supervisors attend its next month's meeting to give recommendations on which vehicles should be used and which should be sold.

Johnson asked about the date for the city's annual festival and Mayor Spurlock said Paula Bowen is working on that now.

Before the council adjourned, citizen James Keith asked if the shooting range could be used by anyone or if it was for police department use only. Mayor Spurlock said it would be too much of a liability to let everyone use the range. She said it should be used for police training and classes.

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