07/17/17  Bearden City Council To Meet On A New Night


The Bearden City Council will be meeting on a new day of the month beginning with their meeting in August. At the last meeting, Alderman Bobby Steelman made a motion that the council meet on the 3rd Monday each month rather than the second Monday night. The motion passed unanimously.

At the June meeting there was discussion about moving the meeting so the aldermen would have a chance to see all the bills before they were approved. On the 2nd Monday, the city had not yet received all the payables.

Another motion was made at last week's meeting by Alderman Steelman and was unanimously approved by the council. That had to do with rural water hookups. Paul and Mandy Hall appeared before the council voicing their concern about having to hook up to their own water meter. They said they had been given permission 18 years ago by a previous city official to connect to Mrs. Hall's mothers meter. Steelman made a motion that those who had already hooked up to one meter be “grandfathered” in and have contacted the Mayor's office by August 7. The motion passed unanimously.

Water superintendent Terry Launius reported that work continues on the water towers. One has been completed, another is being re-filled. Launius reported the sewer work is now being done on South Cedar Street.

Fire Chief A.W. Evans reported the department is adding new volunteers, six men and two women. He reported the department has received a grant that will be used to buy two infrared cameras and accessories for the trucks. He said the grant money would pay all but five percent of the cost.

Mayor Iva Lou Stoker reported work on the depot has temporarily been shut down due to the excessive heat. There's not electricity in the building as yet so there's no way to cool it.

In new business.. The Mayor reported she's met with Allen Green on July 7,  about helping do a city wide census in 2020. The sidewalk project pre-construction meeting will be held tomorrow. New banners are being put up on main street and Christmas banners have been ordered.

The council discussed the process and laws pertaining to paying of the bills. As long as the budget is followed there's no requirement to vote on paying the bills. Mayor Stoker stated if the bills are within the budget, the council will no longer vote on paying the bills, effective immediately. Under the Freedom of Information Act, anyone can review the bills. Any large items purchased will be brought before the council.

The Mayor stated she's concerned that there's been too much negativity among council members and she encouraged the council to be careful of having side meetings.