Some Highland Property owners may find themselves in court in the coming weeks concerning the citywide sewer system.
During the June 10 Highland City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to move forward with legal proceedings against property owners who have still not connected to the sewer system.
City Attorney Jon Abele said the city will wait until next month and will then initiate lawsuits against the property owners.
At the March 11 Highland City Council meeting, Mayor Jerome Norwood said there were nearly 140 structures that hadn't connected to the sewer system.
There were 139 not connected in Highland and eight in Cherokee Village. The city cannot force the Cherokee Village properties to connect per the agreement with Cherokee Village; however, Cherokee Village can take action if they so choose.
To take care of the 133 Highland residences, Norwood asked Abele to draft two letters to be sent to the property owners. The 130 plus homes will be required to connect within 90 days from receipt of the letter.
In addition, there are two other property owners in the city who aren't even equipped to connect to the system. One property is located on West Lakeshore while the other is on White Oak Circle. These property owners, as per city ordinance, are responsible for the purchase of equipment and making the connection from the city main lines to their homes and then connecting their home to the system. The property owners had 45 days to begin connection after they received Abele's letter.
Norwood said the city notified residents on the north side of the highway that they could begin connecting to the system in November 2006. Those on the south side were notified the next month. Neither group were given a deadline to connect to the system.
In other business, Alderman Larry Allen said the city has reserved the use of the Highland Football Field from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 for the city's 10th anniversary celebration.
Superintendent Ronnie Brogdon has agreed to have students in grades 1-12 design possible flags for the city. Faculty will then select one from each grade to go on to be presented to the city for its consideration.
Allen said the city will give the winner a plaque and a flag for the school.
A car show is planned along with a punt pass and other games for the children. Hot dogs will be served and there will also be a pie/cake baking contest.
Businesses may have booths set up but no items will be sold. Allen said businesses may have a booth, donate money for food, donate door prizes or not participate at all.
Plans are still being made but are hoped to be finalized by the end of August, Allen said.
Recorder/treasurer Mary Ruth Wiles said revenue for the city is off by about one-quarter to one-third of the total expected revenue, but the city's budget is still in line overall.
Norwood said the city's sewer income is down just $100 from the same time last year. He said he thinks that is impressive considering all the structures lost in the tornado.
The council took no action on two resolutions authorizing the city to apply for two park grants offered by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
The council unanimously approved a resolution amending the city travel policy to reflect an increase in mileage reimbursement from 35 cents per mile to 45 cents per mile.
The council agreed to sell a 2004 police car and a rescue truck in the local auto auction as soon as possible.
Norwood said the city received no bids for the fire department's old rescue truck.
Norwood read three bids received in City Hall for equipment for the fire department. The equipment was damaged or destroyed in the tornado. Norwood will review the detailed bids and will report back to the council at the next regular meeting.