Mayor's spending on GF Council's next agenda

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Green Forest -- Council members will tackle the mayor's proposed annexation plan, the mayor's spending limits, and the city's hiring procedure at next Monday's council meeting.

Mayor Richard Deweese said Monday, at the council's agenda meeting, that the preliminary plan to annex land north and west of the city needed to be revisited "partially for the planning of the sewer plant."

Last year, the council decided to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant to a 3.35 million-gallon-per-day facility, to accommodate growth as well as comply with a new state permit.

Although the deadline to comply with state codes is Dec. 1, 2007, a financial agreement between the city and the Tyson Foods plant, which generates 80 percent of the city's daily flow, has yet to be reached.

However, at last month's council meeting, City Attorney Ben Wulff said negotiations between the two were "close."

The council also planned to re-visit two issues that were previously tabled.

Alderman Mike Miller suggested the council lower the mayor's spending limits at last month's meeting, referencing the mayor's approval of funding pre-constructed sewer lines at the East View Apartment complex.

The other tabled issue that will be discussed is the city's hiring procedure.

Deweese suggested the council give the hiring authority to department supervisors, rather than interview each applicant.

"We will decide whether we want to be involved, and if we do, then how much," said Alderman Janet Jones.

In other business, Deweese stated that 2,000 feet of County Road 802 (also known as Douglas Road) was "split in half," explaining that the north part of the road belonged to the county, while the south side belonged to the city.

He said County Judge Richard Williams has offered to pave the road, and then dedicate the county's half to the city.

Also planned to be considered at next Monday's council meeting, Public Works Director Buddy Fry will discuss a 417-foot drainage ditch on Tharp Avenue, as well as give a report on a recently-completed, $25,000 hydraulic water system computer model designed by Egis Engineering.

During the September meeting, the council approved the purchase of the model to document pipe infrastructure.

Also, Green Forest resident Robert Martin is expected to ask the council for permission to hold lawn mower races at the rodeo grounds.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in city hall.

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