BV council proceeds, cautiously

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Berryville City Council on Tuesday authorized Mayor Tim McKinney to sign an interlocal agreement with the Eastern Carroll County Ambulance District Commission, with a caveat.

Before McKinney signs the agreement, the council asked city attorney Clint Scheel to review the document to determine exactly what the city’s responsibility will be.

During discussion of the issue, aldermen questioned the necessity of the interlocal agreement.

“I don’t see anything in here that requires us to pay for anything,” alderwoman Cindy George said. “I don’t really see the reason for it.”

Alderman Max Nichols agreed.

“I don’t see where this needs approval by the city council,” Nichols said. “I think we need to talk to them at a meeting.”

McKinney said a representative of the ambulance commission had been scheduled to speak with the council on Sept. 5, but that night’s meeting was canceled because the mayor was ill.

McKinney said the interlocal agreement will

assure the ambulance service provider that contracts with the commission that it will be the exclusive provider in the city.

“I think that’s the reason, to give assurance to whoever the provider is that we’re not going to go out and do something on our own,” Scheel said.

Scheel said he will contact the commission’s attorney, Fayetteville-based Curtis Hogue, to verify his understanding of the agreement.

McKinney asked the council to authorize him to sign the agreement, contingent on Scheel’s conversation with Hogue, and the council voted unanimously to do so.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, police chief Robert Bartos presented his monthly report. Bartos said the police department wrote 101 citations in August, down from 157 in August 2016. Seventy-nine offenses were reported, compared with 75 last year. The department had an 86 percent clearance rate, served seven warrants, fingerprinted 21 individuals and conducted eight vehicle identification number verifications, Bartos said. There were 22 accidents reported in August, up from 18 in August 2016.

McKinney asked the council to schedule a public hearing on a proposed increase in sewer rates, and the council scheduled the hearing for Tuesday, Oct. 17.

McKinney also distributed the schedule for the city’s annual leaf pickup and limb pickup.

To ensure that leaves are picked up, residents are asked to have them at the curb or the edge of the street on Monday of their scheduled week.

Leaf pickup on Route 1 will run from Monday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 10. Route 1 includes Wilson Drive, West Ridge Subdivision, Trinnen, Champion Hills, Chrisna Maria, Nunez, Oakview, Maple, North Avenue, Railroad Circle, Spaulding, West Freeman, Elm, Walnut, Cherry, Alma, Craig, Carson, Linda, Bobo, Jefferson, Park, Freeman Switch, Boyer, Charles, Garner, Highway 62 Spur, Champlin, Industrial Drive, Ruth, Highway 62 West (West Trimble) and Birch Tree Subdivision.

Leaf pickup on Route 2 will run from Monday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 17. Route 2 includes Springfield (from the Freeman intersection north), East Freeman, Standley, Jennifer, Janet, Julie, Bobby, Brenda, Northside, Valley, Jackson, Mountain, Saunders Heights, Hill, Del Norte, Hanby, St. George, Graham, Lonnie Lane, Monte Vista, Meadowmere, Bryan, Dawn, Lynn, Wren, Pine, Locust, Sycamore and Hickory.

Leaf pickup on Route 3 will run from Monday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 1. Route 3 includes West College, Potter, School, Ferguson, Campbell, Bunch, Miller, Curtis Lane, George, North Main, South Springfield (from the Freeman intersection south), Perkins, Hogue, Hubbert, Monroe, Carl, Adams, Bunch Springs (city limits only), West Trimble, Eureka, Academy, West View, Baker, Spring, Doxey, Fancher, Pinkley Lane, West Madison, West Church, Tabor, Gibson, McKennon, Rose, Phillips, Martin, Morris, Cedarvale, Swofford, Atchley, Clark, Huntsville, West Carl, Paradise Heights, Sunset Boulevard and Hank Boulevard.

Leaf pickup on Route 4 will run from Monday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 8. Route 4 includes Shaver, Pritchard, Ada, Caddie, Douglas, Hanna, Jericho, Duke, Smalley, East College, Chafin, Spruce, Laura, Carter Avenue, Amanda, Kristy, Clive, Jessica, Marie, Rhea, Kimberly, East Madison, East Church, Branch, Cain, Elsie, McCloud, Basore, Simpson, East Carl, Hammons, Nelson Drive, Orchard, Rice, Edwards, Hammons, Carter Street, Hailey, Lone Pine, South Main, Circle Drive, Pleasant, High, Magnolia, Rebecca, Casey Lane, Oak Ridge and Paradise Cove.

Limb pickup will be held Monday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 22. To ensure that limbs are picked up during this time, residents are asked to have them ready on Monday, Nov. 20. Limbs should be placed at the curb or the edge of the street in manageable bundles, all facing the same direction if possible. Bundles no bigger than nine inches in diameter on the largest end will be picked up. This program is for miscellaneous limbs that fall because of storms and time, not for complete tree removal. The service is provided for residential city addresses only, not commercial properties.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at city hall.

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