"We got a pretty good report," he said. The city had recently been inspected by the organization and Lane noted that the city had received no violations which included, no treatment defiencies, and no pumping defencies. He also noted that one pump had been repaired and is now up and going. One suggestion of DNR for the city's water supply to operated more efficiently would be to build a bigger water tower. However, at this time, that is out of the question because Mayor Lane added that this would cost up to one million dollars.
"Over all, we [the city] came out good," Lane added.
Also discussed were the delinquent water bills in the city. Mayor Lane cited the ordinance concerning turn off of the water if the amount is not paid. Residents are given until the 15th of each month to pay the bill and by the 25th it is delinquent. A decision was reached, starting this month, if the delinquent amount is not paid by the 25th, the meter will be pulled. Mayor Lane noted that the city is losing money due to the outstanding water bills that the city has on its books.
"If you pull them on the 25th, basically, they owe two months. The bill they got the first of the month was for the past month and then they use water up until the 25th. You have to do that to take care of their deposits," Lane said. If paid on the 15th, there is a ten percent penalty and then if not paid by the 25th, the city will pull it.
Police Chief Omar Karnes was not present at the meeting to give a police report but Mayor Lane did note that there had been two first responder calls in the city.
There were also two fire calls to cotton modules as well as one call to extricate people from a car during a car accident.
Water personnel reported that they had been busy disconnecting water meters, reading meters as well as cleaning out some culverts in the city that really needed it. Basically, they have been playing catch up on some important matters.
In other matters, Mayor Lane told council members that the city had applied for three grants through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the following, new sirens for the city, a new police car and the community building. Concerning the sirens, Lane added that there would be one placed on each end of town, noting that the existing sirens are about 10 years old but at times they cannot be heard on the other side of town.
Other issues discussed included the board approving the city to purchase more trees in the amount of $1,200 for planting in the city park. The city is looking into purchasing the trees throught a nursery in Jackson, Tenn.
"We've been known all over Dunklin County for what a beautiful, shady park we have. I'd like to start planting some more trees in this park. They will not do us any good but they will the future generations," Lane said.
Street Supervisor Raynell Ivy will be retiring her job from the city after 28 years. The city is planning on an Appreciation Day for her which will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
Other matters discussed were the following:
* The Christmas Parade will be held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The parade route will be from the school to the Church of Christ. Anyone wishing to enter the parade should contact Patsy Davis at (573) 344-2280.
* The meeting time for the council has been changed from 7 p.m., to 6 p.m. The meeting time will again be discussed at the February meeting.
The next council meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 10, 2012.