Monette Citty Council says farewell to Alderman Uthoff

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Aaron Uthoff

Monette City Council welcomed Mark Rolland, the newest alderman, during the monthly meeting May 23. Alderman Aaron Uthoff recently moved and stepped down from his seat with the Council. Rolland will fill Uthoff's position until the end of the year at which time elections will be held.

Recorder/Treasurer Vickki Carrol thanked Uthoff on behalf of Mayor Jerry "Chub" Qualls who was away on business. The Council expressed their gratitude and well wishes to Uthoff.

"I have enjoyed learning the city's business. I would be glad to come back." Uthoff said. "I've enjoyed all of it."

The Council approved resolution 2016-3. The resolution authorized Mayor Qualls to apply for a GIF Community Enhancement Grant. The grant is expected to total $25,000 with $15,000 of the grant previously allotted for purchase of the police truck. The remaining $10,000 will be added to money set aside for the 2016 budget to purchase a second replacement police vehicle.

The council heard an update on the Monette Veterans Park. The Veteran's Park Committee received bids from two companies for the monument to be located in the park. A bid submitted by McHaney Monument of Blytheville for about $65,900 was accepted.

The monument will be eight sided. Seven panels will hold an estimated 184 names each. The eighth panel will be engraved with military emblems and a saying.

The Veterans Park Committee is accepting payment to have names etched onto the monument. The monument will hold names up to 20 letters for $40. A form will soon be made available for those wishing to include a name on the structure.

When asked about names on bricks, it was said the Veteran's Park does not plan to sell bricks at the moment. However, anyone wishing to add a name to a brick is invited to do so at the ball park where names are currently displayed.

Alderman Dick Pace shared that a memorial service at the cemetery was scheduled for 2 p.m. May 22.

Dana McKuin spoke with the council concerning the hand-held water meter reader malfunctioning. McKuin informed the Council there have been problems with the reader since it was purchased a year ago. The device was sent away for repairs and returned two months ago only to begin malfunctioning again.

McKuin was informed the model is no longer in production due to multiple issues. She is looking into options for repair and the possibility of trading the faulty reader for a more reliable model. McKuin agreed to continue making contact concerning the problem and will keep the council informed of her findings.

Officer Kevin Bond and the Council discussed options for the new vehicle to be purchased for the Monette Police Department. Decision was made to purchase a new vehicle for about $35,135 including all necessary equipment. Should the cost exceed that amount, the department will need to return to the Council for further discussion.

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