ARBYRD, Mo. -- At the first meeting of the year, council members met in the newly constructed city hall which is located on Main Street. The building will house city hall, the police department and the fire department.
During the meeting council members addressed the subject of the city's website. Bruce Leonard was present at the meeting to discuss the design he had drafted and the features that could be added or taken away. He noted that the cost of the initial design and the name of the city (host name) would be $500 with a $200 a year renewal concerning the name and any updates that are made. Council members were told by Leonard that the city would own the host city of Arbyrd, Mo., and that any updates that were made would be done by himself and he would also cover any events that the city hosted. Councilperson Jessica Smith made a motion to hire Leonard to design the website with a second by Councilman Robert Burgess. Any posts to the website would be screened before they were officially posted on the website.
Also discussed at the meeting was the water and sewer report. Water and sewer employee, Danny Hall reported to council members that all of the water leaks that were reported had been repaired. There had been a generator out in the city and Hall noted that he got that working. A fallen tree in the alley on CR621 was also removed. Other items discussed were the following:
* The plumbing in the new city hall building is now in operating order;
* Chains that have been bought for the lift stations are going to be installed by the end of January;
* The city truck used 104 gallons of gas and was driven 1,393 miles;
* The city's chainsaw used one gallon of gas, the pump used seven gallons, and the tractor used 31.7 gallons;
Concerning the police department, Police Chief Mitch Skelton reported to council members that two citations were issued last month. He also reported the gas usage and mileage for the department's vehicles:
* The police truck was driven 850 miles and used 65 gallons of gas. The odometer reading was 2,5447;
* The police car was driven 382 miles and used 25 gallons of gas with an odometer reading of 104,263;
* It was also reported that the base radion and antenna needs to be moved to the new police station from the old police station.
Fire Chief Derrick Higgins reported that the department assisted the City of Hornersville with two fires last month. He also informed council members that the department is now moved into the new building.
Other matters discussed were the following:
* Councilmen approve all financial reports and payment of bills;
* Also approved was running the financial in the newspaper;
* Bills totaled $17,569.66 and payroll totaled $6,154.95;
* Councilmen noted that the first meeting in the new building was held on Jan. 16. Everyone is pleased with the building;
* Council members also approved the hiring of Michael Lamp as a police officer every other weekend at the rate of $10 an hour.
The next city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m., on Feb. 11, 2013.