Monette Council discuss clean-up issues

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monette City Council discussed cemetery clean-up and a possible ordinance against grass clippings being in roadways during the regular council meeting Monday, July 27.

Mayor Chub Qualls said there have been complaints about the cemetery upkeep. Alderman Bob Hurst, who is on the cemetery committee, suggested the city hire another employee subsidized by cemetery funds. He said the new employee could take over the cemetery completely.

Alderman Dickie Pace said there is nothing budgeted for another employee. Hurst said James Paul McCord is mowing the cemetery now and has finally found a couple of people to help him. He said things are slowly improving.

Hurst went on to say the cemetery has not been sprayed this year and the clover really needs it. Alderman Hurst said the cemetery board will start taking bids for mowing in November of this year with it to start Jan. 1, 2016.

Mayor Qualls gave the council a copy of an ordinance from another city that prohibits grass clippings from being thrown in the street when mowing. He said five ladies who walk around town have complained about the issue. Chief Brian Carmichael spoke about the issue saying it would be best if the city's attorney research the issue. Mayor Qualls said he would have the city attorney research a possible ordinance.

City attorney Johnny Dunigan talked to the council about needed changes to the Building Ordinance. Discussion followed as aldermen reviewed the proposed amendments to the ordinance. Alderman Tom Carroll made a motion to table the discussion regarding the changes until the next council meeting to allow council members time to review the proposed amendments. Three council members voted to table the issue, three voted against waiting with Mayor Qualls breaking the tie and voting in favor of waiting.

Mayor Qualls reported everything is on schedule for the new sewer plant project. He also wanted to thank the Baptist Missionary group from Alabama for all their hard work in Monette. The group replaced and cleaned woodwork on the old museum building located at the city park. The group also painted the building.

Qualls informed council members the city has a CD maturing. The CD is currently at Bear State Bank. He gave the council rates for both Bear State and Centennial, which is also located in Monette. The council voted to move the CD to the bank with the best possible rate.

Qualls recognized state representative Dan Sullivan, who said he liked to attend council meetings to hear what the issues are and keep in touch. He said he will be getting $60-$70,000 to spread among the cities and so will Senator Burnett.

The city has received a bill for $3,591.24 from the election commission for past elections that were not billed. The elections were held in 2008, 2012 and 2013.

In other business:

* Brandon Decker was sworn in as new council member. He is taking Jason Stewart's place on the council.

* The council voted unanimously to allow the city recorder/treasurer to attend the Municipal Clerks Institute at the U of A.

* The contract to relocate the water and sewer utilities for the bypass/highway construction was awarded to Carl Baldwin Construction Company in the amount of $297,669.50. Alderman Pace asked if the highway department was going to pave Highway 18 and 139 before or after the bypass. Mayor Qualls said it would be done after.

* The council accepted the Division of Legislative Audit report.

Before the council adjourned Alderman Pace thanked the police and the volunteer fire department for their work and the good job they do.

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