COFFEEVILLE – Mayor Mack Burns presented the Town’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year at the regular monthly meeting of the board on Aug. 4.
The budget is basically the same as last years and does not include a tax increase, according to minutes from the meeting. The Mayor and Board were scheduled to meet on Aug. 11 for further discussion.
Among other actions, the Board of Aldermen:
• Voted to allow the construction of a bandstand on Town property next to the fire station. Tyler Wortham, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, appeared before the board requesting permission to build the structure. He presented a drawing of the purposed bandstand and explained the many useful purposes that it can serve;
• Put off repairs on the water well located next to the Post Office until at least October. Mayor Burns reported that abandoning the well would cost around $10,000. He said that a concern is that if one of our other wells goes down, the Town will not have enough pumping capacity.
The Mayor suggested waiting until repainting work is started on the water tanks and then get a loan to include well repairs;
• Approved travel for Court Clerk Rebecca McCullar to attend training at a domestic violence workshop Aug. 19 and in-service training on Sept. 10 and 11. They also approved travel for Town Clerk Patricia Moody to attend training in Oxford on Aug. 13 and 14;
• Awarded Grenada Electric the contract to install a generator on the water well behind the police station for $33,059.10;
• Tabled for further study the purchase a used mini-truck for the Town Crew. The vehicle would be used to read water meters and for other day-to-day job functions.
• Authorized Town Attorney William L. Maxey to prepare an ordinance regulating fundraising roadblocks. The issue had come before the board before and had resurfaced because of excessive fundraising roadblocks at the four-way stop. The ordinance was scheduled for a vote at the September meeting.
• Looked over a proposed vicious dog ordinance. Mayor Burns asked the Board for feedback and expressed his concern with adopting such and ordinance and the liability involved if the ordinance is not enforced. The matter was set to be discussed again in September;
• Adopted a resolution to apply for a small municipalities grant not to exceed $50,000 to renovate Town Hall;
• Paid claims;
• Recessed until Aug. 11.
In attendance at the Aug. 4 meeting were Mayor Burns, Aldermen Michael Ayers, Joe Bourn, George Miller, Bryan McCullough, and Eva Longstreet. Also present were Town Clerk Patricia Moody, Police Chief Mark Martin and City Attorney William L. Maxey.