Board of Aldermen Meeting Tonight 6:00 pm

The City of Marble Hill, Board of Aldermen will meet tonight at the Marble Hill City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

The following is the agenda for the meeting:


  1. Call to Order by Mayor Masterson
  2. Pledge of Allegiance / Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes for  the Regular Board Meeting 02/09/09 , Special Board Meeting 02/27/09 , City , Park , Pool Expenditures.
  4. Presentations to the Board Myra K. Underwood-(Speed limits on Hwy 34 West) , Elizabeth Wainwright (USDA DEPT. of AGRICULTURE), Jeff Eftink CPA.
  5. Presentation to the Board, City Attorney Stephen Gray
  6. Staff Reports: City Collector Carla Watt, City Clerk Carolyn M. Surface, Fire Department Jim Bollinger, Police Department Dennis Willis, Admin. Assistant Gary Shrum.
  7. New Business Ordinances for City Clerk-Collector-Treasurer
  8. Mayor Report
  9. Adjournment

I picked my meeting packet up from City Hall today, included with the agenda are three proposed ordinances to give the City Clerk, City Treasurer and City Collector raises.

First of all, I feel fairly certain that this will not happen this evening. It is my understanding that raises are not decided upon until the City budget is discussed (which is either in June or July).

That being said, I will not be supporting a blanket raise for everyone when we do discuss the budget.  Let’s just say that I don’t believe that everyone is fullfilling their expectations.

Last year I was new to this office and naively thought that a generous raise would generate good results, this has not been the case.

Also included in the packet is a very thick booklet detailing the rules and regulations that a city must maintain according to the Deptartment of Agriculture.

Yes we will be discussing the City Dog Pound again, and regardless of the outcome, the pound is going to need alot of work, because in order to hold animals, the City must be licensed through the Department of Agricutltre.

For the record, I still support entering into a contract with the Humane Society. For several reasons. One of them being is that I have been monitoring the Humane Society and Bollinger County Stray Project what I see is that the Humane Society seems to be doing a much better job of getting unwanted pets adopted, the Bollinger County Stray project has seemingly been unable to find homes for the same 50 animals listed on their website for the past month and a half.

Given the fact that during the last meeting Mayor Masterson said that the City can not work with a shelter that is not licensed, I do not forsee the City working with the BCSP.

I went over the expenditure list, nothing really out of the ordinary was seen, although I think  $236.00 is a little pricey for a truck pedal for the maintenance department.

The total list of expenditures for last month totals : $35,791.59

According to the Collector’s report last month the City  collected: $43,888.92

If I am reading the report submitted by Jim Eftink, CPA, the City has $1,256,263.59 in its account.

The packet also includes to requests for the Board to approve water bill adjustments on High St. and Third St.

Police Chief Dennis Willis reports that he has been working on nuisance properties and junk vehicles this year, among them are properties on Union St., Central Ave. and Hwy 51 South.

The Chief states that he has received some complaints from the Sheriff  and that he is looking to find a way to have more coverage by patrol officers  at the least expense to the City.

Chief Willis reports that he and Mayor Masterson discussed the possibility of making a new schedule and for the month of March the City will have coverage from 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. , 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m.

On  Saturday and Sunday the shifts will be from 2:00 pm – 11:00 p.m and 11:00p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

In addition the Chief adds that Reserve Officer McCall had told him in October that we would not be going overseas and would be available as a range officer, however; Officer Shaffter notified the Chief in February that McCall had been taken a job as a contractor in Iraq, therefore he recommends replacing McCall with a new reserve officer.

With the increase in burglaries, Chief Willis is asking the Board to look into hiring another officer.

Assistant Administrator Shrum states in his report that all of the out of service fire hydrants have been repaired except for two, those being one at the South end of Third St and one at the North end of Glen St. , these have to be excavated and replaced as they were installed in the 1940’s.

Mr. Shrum reports that the new fire engine seems to be in excellent shape and that the new roof on the maintenance shed has been completed.

In addition Mr. Shrum writes that:

“All of the grant applications have been submitted to SEMA and the State for the Community Develop Block Grant.” and that he has, “the price quotes in for the new aerators for the lagoon. Two unites will cost $13, 509.23 delivered.

Assistant administrator Shrum reports that interviews were conducted for the mainenance worker position and the succesful applicant was John Wesley Craft.

In closing Mr. Shrum states that it will soon be time to to hire seasonal help and proposes that Arvil Leadbetter be hired as the crew chief.

Shrum also plans to contact Mr. Ivey in order to get some warranty work done for the City Pool liner.



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