Monette Mayor announces plans to seek re-election
Monette Mayor Jerry "Chub" Qualls announced plans to seek re-election for a third term as mayor.
"In January I had decided not to run and made the announcement," Qualls said. "Since then people, including several of the city employees, have come to me and encouraged me to reconsider, which I decided to do. The people in Monette have been good to me. I have enjoyed serving the community. My door has always been open. I listen to the people and work toward what is best for the town.
"We went through the ice storm of 2009 and my greatest concern for the community is the safety and welfare of the people if we have another disaster. We have a great group of employees, council members, police officers and volunteer firemen and I hope to continue working with them."
Mayor Qualls said Monette is fortunate to have the businesses it has and had several new ones open over the last years. There are also two new apartment complexes being built and new housing going up.
"We have projects underway including paving and opening Edna Mae Way at no cost to the citizens," he said. "Anything we can do to improve our community is good for the whole area."
He is also very proud of being part of getting the historical bank preserved. It was built in 1918. The old bank building houses the Buffalo Island Museum. Qualls worked on several grants to help with the repairs of the building. Volunteers open the museum at different times for the public.
"I look forward to serving the community for another term," Qualls said. "Like most other mayors I have projects started I would like to finish. The people have been good to me.
"We still have the highway project incomplete," Mayor Qualls said. "The council made the decision not to take on the responsibility of the present highway because it could mean of too much burden on the city down the road."