Leachville Council discusses grants

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Leachville Mayor Ralph Wells

Leachville Council members met in special session Monday, July 11, to discuss pursuing a grant for the park and other projects.

Councilman Michael Webster said he was interested in looking into a grant for a splash pad for the city park.

All of the council members agreed it would be good for the kids. The park needs more equipment.

"It would be good for the community," Webster said. "We are going to have all of the elementary children coming to school in Leachville."

Webster called the meeting to see if there is an interest.

"There is a deadline and we have to have a public meeting scheduled," Webster said.

Several surrounding towns have splash pads.

City Treasurer Ruth Ann Keith said they had looked into the splash pads once before.

"I understand what you are saying and it would be good for our kids," she said. "The other communities all have a city sales tax to help with projects. We do not."

She said when applying for matching grants or loans you have to show how it will be paid for.

The council discussed possible matching in-kind such as labor to help with the city's part if possible.

"We will have to check on the in-kind labor for the fun park grant," Webster said.

"We need to invest in our kids," Councilwoman Teresa Johnson said. "Our park is used all of the time."

Mayor Ralph Wells said he is not against it but it takes money.

Webster said he did not want to miss the deadline and by August they will know the cost.

Councilwoman Karen Wallace said the council has to keep trying.

"We have a council who wants to work and is willing to work hard for Leachville," Councilwoman Lisa Baldridge said.

The council agreed to have a public meeting to discuss a park grant at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 6:30 public hearing on waste water expansion which will be followed by the regular Monday, July 25, meeting at 7 p.m. All of the meetings will be held at city hall.

Keith said it is time to apply for street paving grants and asked for input on which streets the council wants to add to the list.

Mayor Wells said work will continue on grants/funding to extend sewer to the annexed area on Highway 18.

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