Monette city council welcomes Alderman Rolland

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Mark Rolland was sworn in by Monette Mayor Jerry "Chub" Qualls. Rolland will be filling the city council position of Aaron Uthoff who recently moved out of his district.

Mark Rolland was formally inducted into the Monette City Council June 27 at City Hall. Rolland will hold the seat of former alderman Aaron Uhtoff until elections are held later this year.

Mayor Jerry "Chub" Qualls shared information on a grant application to aid in funding a new police vehicle informing them it has been submitted. An answer is expected after July 14. Grant money in the amount of $5,500 has been received from Dan Sullivan and will be put toward the recent purchase of a Dodge police truck.

Following the news of trouble enforcing park rules, the Council granted authority to the Monette Youth Association to enforce posted rules for the baseball park.

The Council discussed options concerning the malfunctioning of hand held water meter reader. The device, sent for repairs a few months ago while under warranty, has been sent back for a different problem. The Council was informed the 12 month warranty recently expired and the model is already considered obsolete.

Dana McKuin spoke with retailers and the manufacturer. She was given an estimate for the repair should the council choose to have it fixed. Without knowing the exact problem, the repair is estimated to be around $400-$500. McKuin shared the council may be able to trade in the defective hand held for a tablet or a laptop.

Due to the absence of members, the decision concerning the meter reader was tabled for future discussion.

Vickki Carroll, recorder/treasurer, gave a report on progress of the Veteran's Park Committee. The committee held a fundraiser Friday, June 24. So far the committee has $36,000 toward establishing and maintaining the park as well as the purchase of a monument to be raised in honor of all United States veterans.

At the time of the city council meeting Carroll shared that the committee has collected 67 names. Alderman Dick Pace informed Carroll he has an estimated 15 names to be added to the list.

A five year leasing contract was renewed with Craighead County for the building housing the Monette Police Department. Repairs to the building and the replacement of damaged columns have been completed for a total of $6,100. Mayor Qualls said a lean placed on a local property was recently paid for an estimated $5,100 and is expected to cover the majority of the cost of the repairs.

Judy Nettles is interested in selling property to the city. The property, located south of the fire station, shows promise for storm shelter parking during inclement weather as well as the veteran's park and other downtown events. The council agreed to have multiple appraisers inspect the sight and will discuss making an offer to Nettles.

Ordinance 2016-1 was passed. Property belonging to Jason and Wendy Stewart was withdrawn from city limits. When purchased, the land was thought to be county property. Stewart found that a portion was annexed in the past for city use. All costs incurred during the process have been paid by the Stewarts.

The next Monette City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 25.

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