MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
FORREST CITY CITY COUNCIL
FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS
June 21, 2016
The City Council of Forrest City, Arkansas met in regular session on June 21, 2016. Mayor Bryant called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Alderman Williams offered prayer after which the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The following answered roll call: Mayor Bryant, Clerk Cochran, Attorney Cline, and City Council members: Williams, Echols, Breeding, Fields, Capps, and Oswalt. Alderman Hollowell and Twillie were absent.
Mayor Bryant stated that a purchase of a dump truck ordinance was added to the agenda under unfinished business.
Alderman Williams made a motion to approve the minutes of June 7, 2016 regular meeting. Motion second by Alderman Oswalt. Roll Call: All Ayes.
REPORT OF COMMITTEES
DEPARTMENT HEADS REPORTS
Water Department Requested Information
Water Utility Director Calvin Murdock stated that he was present to respond to an A Street resident drainage situation. Mr. Murdock stated the protocol is, first they check and make sure that there is not an inaccuracy on the city’s system. Second, they check to see if the situation poses an immediate threat for health and safety to the public. He stated, in any event, they leave a door hanger that indicates who the responsible party is. He also stated since he has been with the water company, there is a daily activity report that each crew fills out at the end of the day. The report indicates service address, the issue, action taken, time on the job site, and any material and equipment that have been used. Mr. Murdock stated that the findings on A Street is that the property owner is responsible for the sewer problem.
Mr. Murdock stated the city get a lot of calls dealing with sewer and drainage. He said some of the drainage issues that private property owners face is a result of poor demolition practices.
Alderman Capps asked Mr. Murdock if the lines are not clogged on the private property and the water still backs up, what is the city’s position. Mr. Murdock stated if it is a main line then the city is responsible. Mr. Murdock stated there are instants where the property lines are lower than the city’s main lines; therefore, the property owner is advised, when a home is built, to install a backflow device in the water lines to prevent any backflow.
Alderman Fields stated, then the problem on A Street has not been identified as to who is responsible.
Mr. Murdock stated if the problem is on private property then it is the owner’s.
Alderman Capps then asked had the city condemned a house on A Street that caused the problem. Mr. Murdock stated no, the property owner condemned two houses and did not capped off the pipes.
Mayor Bryant stated the city needs to tweak the city’s demolition ordinance to put the proper language to take care of the backflow devices.
An Ordinance to Increase Mosquito Control Rates
Attorney Cline read for the second reading An ordinance Amending Section 13-34 of The Code of Ordinances (ordinance NO. 1528); Providing For Pest control; Setting A Fee of Three Dollars ($3.00) Per Month; And For Other Purposes sponsored by Alderman Echols.
Dump Truck Ordinance Purchase
Attorney Cline read for the 1st reading An Ordinance To Waive The Requirement of Competitive Bidding; Declaring An Exceptional Circumstance: Authorizing An Expenditure of $85,000 to Justin Reeves for A 2005-379 Tri Axle Peterbuilt 15.5 Dump Bed, Cat 3406 475HP Eaton 13 Speed Transmission And Eaton Rear End; And Declaring An Emergency sponsored by Alderman Oswalt.
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to suspend the rules and read the ordinance for the second reading by Title and Sections only. Second by Alderman Capps. Roll Call: Alderman Williams, Echols, Breeding, Fields, Capps, and Oswalt. All Ayes.
Attorney Cline read the ordinance for the second reading. Alderman Oswalt made a motion to suspend the rules and read the ordinance for the third reading. Second by Alderman Capps. Roll Call: Alderman Williams, Echols, Breeding, Fields, Capps, and Oswalt. All Ayes.
Attorney Cline Read the ordinance for the third reading. Alderman Oswalt made a motion to adopt the ordinance. Second by Alderman Echols. Alderman Williams stated he did not know anything about dump trucks. He asked the price of a new truck and inquired about the miles on the truck that is being purchased. Mayor Bryant stated a new truck would run around $170,000. The company is guaranteeing the motor and transmission for a year on the truck they are purchasing. Roll Call: Alderman Williams, Echols, Breeding, Fields, Capps, and Oswalt. All Ayes.
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to adopt the emergency Clause. Second by Alderman Echols. Roll Call: Alderman Williams, Echols, Breeding, Fields, Capps, and Oswalt. All Ayes.
GENERAL FUND BILLS
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to approve and pay the General Fund bills totaling $20,158.41 Alderman Williams second the motion. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Alderman Fields made a motion to approve and pay the Street Fund bills in the amount of $6,631.45. Alderman Oswalt second the motion. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Alderman Capps made a motion to approve and pay the Solid Waste fund bills in the amount of $10,980.96. Alderman Williams second the motion. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Alderman Echols made a motion to approve and pay Water Utility bills in the amount of $36,932.44. Second by Alderman Oswalt. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to adjourn at 6:25 p.m. Second by Alderman Fields.
Larry Bryant, Mayor
Derene Cochran, City Clerk-Treasurer