Leachville Council hires officer and approves sewer rates

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Leachville City Council hired a new officer, passed Ordinance No. 2018-2, and purchased a heat/air unit for the dog pound at a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 6.

Michael Myatt, certified police officer, was introduced to city council members. Myatt applied for a position with the Leachville Department.

Following an executive session, the city council approved hiring Myatt and he will start next week.

Officer Kasey Sheperd resigned as full time police officer and requested part-time status as she planned to take a full time factory position.

Council again went into executive session to discuss the issue. The council offered Sheperd an increase in salary from $15.52 to $17 an hour if she would remain full time on the department. They also increased Officer Michael Shivey's pay to $15.52.

Both officers accepted the package offered.

With the added officer, Leachville Department will have four full time officers and two part-time officers.

Council member Keith Evans asked who had decided the officers could not receive overtime pay.

Clerk Ruth Ann Keith said it was set when the yearly budget was approved.

The council voted to allow overtime when necessary.

Ordinance 2018-2 was passed establishing rates for services rendered by the water and sewer system.

Keith said only the sewer rates were increased and the water rates will remain the same. The Ordinance includes both water and sewer rates, along with additional fees.

The sewer rate increase will help repay the loan for the work needed at the waste water treatment plant. Council voted at a previous meeting to move forward with the $1,650,000 project. Mayor Rodney Robertson and the council agreed the city had no choice but to do the work to keep Leachville in compliance. It was pointed out only a small part of the loan for the project will go toward expansion of sewer to the newly annexed area to Highway 18. The majority of the money will be used for the needed renovations to the waster water treatment plant for all Leachville residents.

Sewer rate increases will be $15.25 for the first 1,000 gallons with $2.75 per 1,000 gallons for all over 1,000 gallons.

The water rates will remain the same at $12.85 minimum for the first 1,000 gallons and $2.35 per additional 1,000 gallons.

There will be a tapping fee for every residential user who uses the system in an amount of $325 or the actual cost to the system; for commercial users the tapping fee will be $350 or the actual cost to the system.

Each user who connects with the system shall make a $100 non-refundable hook up fee.

Council also voted to purchase a heating/air window unit for the dog pound. The unit at the pound had gone out. Several estimates were presented and the council voted to take the lowest which was Robertson's Furniture for $799.

The next regular city council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

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