A $200 deposit could be required from those who apply for building permits to remove roofing material in Horseshoe Bend. An ordinance that would amend municipal city code passed its first reading at the June 19 Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting at the Municipal Building.
Ordinance 2006-3, which would amend chapter 11 of the municipal code of the city, would require a refundable deposit of $200 be made when a building permit involves the removal of roofing material.
Spier said the city has had problems with out-of-town roofers who would take roofing material and dump it in a cul-de-sac or empty road. He said the city spent approximately $20,000 on cleaning up such items one year.
Spier said those who pay the deposit will get it back when they bring a receipt from a landfill back to City Hall. If no receipt is brought, the money will remain in the general fund and be used to pay for the pickup of the roofing materials by the road crews.
"I'm afraid there will be problems. I don't think it's spelled out well enough," Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Spier said. He said future adjustments could be made when situations require it.
Horseshoe Bend Treasurer Sally Rohl said the ordinance doesn't need to be spelled out. It's mainly for bookkeeping purposes, she said.
The first reading of the ordinance passed unanimously.
A resolution declaring an emergency and authorizing the redemption of a sewer fund certificate of deposit passed unanimously.
Resolution 2006-05 states the city will redeem a $44,751.78 certificate of deposit from BancorpSouth which matures Aug. 28. To redeem the certificate without penalty, an emergency must be declared.
The resolution declares that the cash flow problem the sewer fund is experiencing because of unexpected repairs to sewer lift pump motors is an emergency. Spier said the sewer fund's checking account had no money in it because of the recent problems in the equipment.
The resolution would redeem the certificate of deposit with BanCorp South and deposit $10,000 in the sewer fund. The rest of the money would be deposited in another certificate of deposit.
"I'm totally opposed to it," Spier said. "If we have to cash in the CD we're not doing something right.
The filing dates for the Horseshoe Bend municipal elections will be July 20 to Aug. 9. Candidates can file at the Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne, Spier said. The mayor and all of the alderman positions are up this year. The reporter/treasurer seat is not up for election since Sally Rohl has two years of her four-year term left, Spier said.
The 4th of July celebration is short of the $4,000 needed to put on its fireworks display, Spier said. Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce President Paul Sulser said $2,000 has already been collected.
Spier gave an update on the current situation with the rash of burglaries that occurred in April. He said they are still being actively investigated, but no arrests have been made.
Spier said whenever the perpetrators are caught, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The burglaries occurred in the Horseshoe Bend and Salem areas April 3 and April 11. The perpetrators broke into most of the churches in Horseshoe Bend as well as several businesses. A $3,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglaries.
Jerry Rumage received recognition for completing 20 years of service in the Horseshoe Bend Honorary Police. Rumage has served with the honorary police since May 1986.