|Minutes of the Meeting of the Council of Ashdown April 9 2012|
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
OF ASHDOWN, ARKANSAS
APRIL 9, 2012
The City Council of Ashdown, Arkansas met in regular session April 9, 2012 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The following were present: Mayor Carroll McLarty, City Clerk Kirk Mounts, Council Members Michael Pennington, Brandon Thrash, Tina Chandler, Glen Ray Bowman, Darren Adkison and Shirley Jackson.
CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Carroll McLarty followed by prayer by Rev. Leon Talton, Pastor of the Red Oak Missionary Baptist Church. This was followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
ROLL CALL / APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Following the roll call, Council Member Thrash made a motion to approve the minutes of the March meeting. Motion was seconded by Council Member Jackson. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
After a brief overview of financials from City Clerk Kirk Mounts the payment to Mason Oil and the April payrolls were approved for payment by the Council on a motion made by Council Member Adkison, seconded by Council Member Pennington. Motion carried.
LINDA FIELDING: Spoke to the Council about Cancer Awareness and also about the Relay for Life Program that is being held May 18th & 19th at the Ashdown High School Track. This event is to celebrate all cancer survivors as well as those who have lost their lives to cancer.
JAY METZGER: Spoke to the Council about the changing of a police report.
DOYLE CROUCH: Gave his reasons for the changing of said police report.
LAWSUIT UPDATE: City Attorney, Jay Metzger, stated that he should be receiving Discovery answers from the Plantiff(s) in approximately a week to 10 days. Mr. Metzger also informed the Mayor that he had been keeping liaison, Council Member Brandon Thrash, updated with his billing of this case.
4 WAY STOP: A request was made by the County to make the intersection at 2nd & Commerce a 4 way stop. The request was granted on a motion by Council Pennington and seconded by Council Member Thrash. Motion carried.
MAYOR’S VETO: Mayor McLarty informed the Council that he had vetoed the Council’s decision to overturn Jason Curtis’s 2 week suspension that had been decided on by the Council at a Special Called Meeting on April 24, 2012. Mayor McLarty also gave his reasons for the Veto. A motion was made by Council Member Thrash, seconded by Council Member Adkison to override the Mayor’s Veto. Upon roll call Council Members Thrash, Bowman, Adkison and Jackson voted aye. Council Members Pennington and Chandler voted nay. Motion carried 4-2.
MOSQUITO SPRAYER BIDS: The Council authorized the advertising of bids for a new mosquito sprayer on a motion by Council Member Pennington, seconded by Council Member Chandler. Motion carried.
RETRO-FIT MOSQUITO SPRAYER: The Council authorized the purchase of a retro-fit sprayer for the existing sprayer on a motion by Council Member Adkison and seconded by Council Member Thrash. Motion carried
INCREASE MOSQUITO SPRAY FEES: Council Member Bowman made a motion to increase the existing mosquito fees from $2.00 a month per customer to $2.30 a month per customer. This will also include all units on a master meter. Council Member Adkison seconded. Motion passed
AUTHORIZING BIDS FOR TRASH, KNUCKLE-BOOM AND PICK UP TRUCKS: A motion was made by Council Member Adkison, seconded by Council Member Bowman to allow the Sanitation Department to advertise for bids for these items. Motion carried.
AUTHORIZING BIDS FOR DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS: Council Member Adkison made a motion, seconded by Council Member Jackson to advertise bids for the construction of the downtown sidewalks. Motion carried.
POLICE: A motion was made by Council Member Pennington, seconded by Council Member Chandler to accept the low bid for the repair of the parking lot at the Police/Fire Building. Motion carried.
WATER: The Council authorized the purchase of a new sewer camera on a motion made Council Member Pennington and seconded by Council Member Thrash. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Council Member Pennington, seconded by Council Member Jackson to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.