Monette Council approves purchase of police vehicle

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Monette City Council agreed to purchase a police vehicle at its meeting Monday, May 25.

Last month the council discussed bids for a police car but wanted a definite price. This month Monette Police Chief Brian Carmichael presented the council with a bid for a 2015 Dodge Charger with police gear for $28,250. The council approved purchasing a Dodge Charger for the police department with the $10,000 the city has budgeted pending the approval of a $10,000 grant and a $4,000 grant in August. All costs not covered by grant would be financed.

Mayor Chub Qualls informed council members that Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said 10 more of their police cars would be up for sale for $2,000 each. These vehicles have the lights, cage and other needed gear and although used would be good cars. The council unanimously approved the purchase of a police vehicle car from Jonesboro and gave Mayor Qualls and the police chief permission to proceed with that.

In other business Mayor Qualls said the Craighead County Election Commission has not yet given the city any further information concerning unbilled elections. He also said there was no news on the E-911 calls that the county wanted cities to pay more of the costs for. Mayor Qualls said the new side mount mower is in and would be used as soon as its dry enough. He said city clean-up was a success again this year.

The council then discussed traffic issue on South Reeves street with tractors. Mayor Qualls informed the council there was a property damage complaint from a tractor that had to pull off the road and into someone's yard to yield to an oncoming car. The council agreed to purchase a newspaper ad urging tractor drivers to be more cautious and motor vehicle drivers to be cautious as well and to leave room for tractors to come through.

The council tabled discussion of the planning commission ordinance, which said repairs or remodels under $15,000 did not require a permit or inspection. The state code, which was also adopted, states repairs under $2,000 for each individual project do not have to have a licensed professional do the work but anything above that does and would need to be inspected. The planning commission will bring back to the council a clarified amendment to the ordinance next month.

Before adjourning the council discussed early morning noise complaints at the city park. Because the park is public it can be used anytime except after the posted closing time of 10:30 p.m. The council will discuss the issue further next month.

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