Leachville Council votes to commit $10,000 for fire station building project

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Drake Brown with the Leachville Fire Department updates the city council on constructing a sub-station near Highway 18.

Drake Brown with the Leachville Fire Department updated the city council on the status of the sub-station project at the Aug. 22 meeting. Brown said they have the ground and the tornado siren has been installed at the sub-station sight just off Highway 18. He gave an estimate of $50,619 for a metal 35'x60' building with a 6" concrete slab, and three overhead doors.

The fire department received a $15,000 grant.

Brown said the fire department could put in $25,000 and asked the city to commit $10,000 to help get the project underway.

"We don't want to deplete all of our funds," Brown said. "We are trying to get this started. If the city can help with $10,000 we will be able to get the building in the dry. We can do the finishing work as we can."

He went on to say the building will hold two trucks and a rescue van.

Ruth Ann Keith, city clerk/bookkeeper, said the city is committed for $10,000 on a grant and maybe another one.

Following a discussion, the council voted unanimously to commit $10,000 to the fire department for the building.

Council members present included Ethel Hetler, Lisa Baldridge, Karen Wallace, Teresa Johnson, Tommy Stone and Michael Webster.

Council members thanked Brown for the job he is doing on the new fire house.

"It is a team effort," Brown said.

Keith gave the financial review of each department reporting funds available at $56,955.51.

The Council voted unanimously to allow Mayor Ralph Wells to apply for a matching park grant in the amount of $125,000 for a splash pad.

Keith informed the council she had completed and submitted the grant application for the basketball courts at the park.

Leachville Police Officer Zakk Crocker requested officials consider getting rid of the Ford and Tahoe after the first of the year and replacing them with one new vehicle for the department. Patrolman Crocker said he, the lieutenant and the chief had discussed it. Also, he said they suggest keeping the K-9 vehicle as it is running fine.

Mayor Wells said they will take the recommendation under consideration and make a decision on it later.

Robert Ballard, water and sewer manager, asked the council to approve the sale of two John Deere mowers not in use.

The council agreed to allow Ballard to sell the mowers.

Councilwoman Baldridge reminded everyone of the Harvest Festival coming up Sept. 3.

"We have had a lot of support and our committee members have done a great job," she said. "We will have inflatables, a train, all free for the kids. One of our churches will be giving away Popsicles and water. We have a lot of vendors coming. Rain or shine we will have it."

Councilman Webster said the Leachville Foundation has agreed to commit a minimum of $1,000 toward the park grant for the splash pad.

Chuck Brown with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department said the county would like to bring their helicopter to Leachville for the Harvest Festival for the kids and others to see.

"If you want it here, we can come and look at possible landing sites," Brown said. "If you want it, we will make every effort to bring it."

Baldridge, council and chair for the event, said she thought it would be a good idea.

Guest Rodney Robertson asked if the city is awarded the grant for a splash pad would the matching grant be paid from the General Fund.

Councilwoman Wallace said some of the city's matching funds could be through in-kind labor with volunteer hours. Also, Robertson commended Baldridge and the committee for doing a great job on the festival plans.

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