Arbyrd council discusses festival and city employee issues

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Arbyrd City Council August session began with a water and sewer report presentation.

Chris Bolt informed the board that 4 water leaks had been repaired.

The Department of Natural Resources came to assist with the regulation of chlorine in the water.

The DNR stated that the chlorine fluctuations were due to the chlorine being stored in drums which didn't allow it to retain its potentcy.

They suggested that store purchased bleach be poured in a storage container and introduced to the system.

Lift station #3 has been down.

The pump has burned up and there is no backup.

The lift station also needs to be pumped out by Roto-Rooter before repairs can be made.

Mayor Wilson requested that the board approve the purchase of a replacement pump at an approximate cost of $1,900. Motion passed, all in favor.

Wilson then requested the board approve the hiring of Ray Bakich as a part-time maintenance worker at a rate of $9 an hour.

Alderman Greg Hulett made a motion to hire, Derek Higgins provided a second, motion passed, all were in favor.

Chief Jerry Gentry presented the police report.

A stolen item was recovered with an arrest pending a warrant issue.

Two yard tickets were issued with more pending.

There were also several assists to the Cardwell Police Department, as well as a pursuit at Riverside.

Wilson requested a weekly police report, so as to keep him informed.

Fire Chief Derek Higgins followed with the fire report.

Equipment and trucks are all in good working order, with no fires since the previous meeting.

However, there were several false alarm calls during the sewer smoke testing.

Additions were made to the employee handbook and they are as follows:

4.13A Use of Equipment and Vehicles (Emergency)

Emergency vehicles including the fire and police cruisers will be for the city of Arbyrd use. No operator shall take the emergency vehicles outside city limits unless called to respond from Dunklin County Dispatch. In the event emergency responders are called outside city limits, the vehicle operated will notify the Mayor in an acceptable, timely manner. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

5.2A Employee Overtime

From time to time employees may be required to work outside their normal working hours. This is unplanned, unexpected, and usually unavoidable. Employees exceeding 40 hours accumulated in one pay period will receive one and a half time the normal rate comp time to be taken the next pay period. Accurate time sheets should reflect this. Overtime must be approved by the Mayor and comp time has to be approved by the Mayor as well.

8.6 Media Communications/Public Announcements

No employee is to give public announcements or give interviews representing the city of Arbyrd without Mayor approval. Employees are to forward all public media to the Mayor. Personal interviews will not be allowed during normal working hours without prior approval of the Mayor.

In other business, Wilson informed the board about the Annual Cotton Pickin' Festival.

The parade starts at 4:00 p.m. and line-up will begin at 3:00 p.m.

The first entertainer will be Delany Taylor at 4:30 p.m., followed by Jaded at 5:30 p.m. Michael Gardener takes the stage at 6:30 p.m., Dillon Cate begins at 7:30 p.m. and the headlining performers, Runaway June at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available.

City Clerk, Flora Smith reminded everyone about the upcoming car show to benefit the Arbyrd Community Library and Care Packages for the Troops.

The car show will be held on October 21 at the Arbyrd City Park.

Trophies will be awarded for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd places, as well as People's Choice.

Trophies will be provided by Eagle Laser Engraving in Monette, Ar.

Entry fee is $15 until after the Cotton Pickin' Festival, then increases to $25.

Vendors are $10 until after the concert and then increases to $20.

For more information on festival tickets or car show contact 573-654-3834 or email

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