The Cherokee Village City Council met Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. The council received monthly reports from all department heads, discussed the semi-annual financial statement and introduced two new resolutions.
The council discussed the progress on the new animal shelter. The new shelter is awaiting electrical hook up in the feline house. Councilman Tom Thone reported that he had visited the shelter during the afternoon and he is very opposed to the animals that are being kept in the trailer.
"It smells awful in there," Thone said. Thone said that he wants the animals out of there immediately. One of the shelter workers explained that this is a temporary situation, there is nowhere else to put the cats without electricity.
Charles DeLoach, one of the city's planning and zoning members, informed the council the electric would be in working order the next morning, Aug. 23. With the electric on, the shelter workers would be able to house the animals in a way the council sees fit.
Once the feline house is complete, the shelter will be able to install drop doors and complete the second row of indoor dog kennels. One outside run-yard is complete and a second is under construction. Water and electric lines to the feline house and third building are also complete.
The main concern of the council is the completion of the drain troughs to the septic. The city had planned on community service doing this at no cost. The council wanted to know how long the wait would be, and should they go ahead and get bids from professionals to get this done as soon as possible.
It was decided by the council to cash in the shelter's two CDs, totaling around $11,000 and use a portion of this money to get the drains in.
In other business the head of each department gave reports regarding their activity for the month.
Spring River Animal shelters report given by Chief of Police Scott Goodwin informed the council that the shelter's adoption rate is up to 50 percent. Their income totalled $1,091 and the shelter is planning several fund raisers in the future.
The police department's monthly report, also given by Goodwin, revealed the theft of scrap metal has gone down since last month. The police department issued 77 violations and offenses. Included in those numbers were four reports of theft.
The council asked Goodwin if he was still in agreement to sell the department's Dodge Durango. Goodwin informed the council that while the durango has been used a couple of times in the past months for various reasons, he has no objections to selling the vehicle; all he has to do is remove some items from the SUV and it will be ready to sell. The council then asked Goodwin if he knew approximately how much the vehicle is worth. Goodwin told them the last time he checked into its value was last year and it booked for between $13,000- and $14,000, but he had been informed that large vehicles that are not as fuel efficient have declined in value up to 15 percent in the last year due to gas prices.
Cherokee Village Fire Chief, Michael Taylor, reported the fire department responded to 10 calls during the month of July. The firefighters trained for 188 hours on various subjects.
Volunteer fighters trained for two hours on protective equipment and two hours on apparatus.
Taylor announced that the department's annual pancake breakfast was a success again this year. Chief Taylor expressed gratitude towards everyone involved in the breakfast. Taylor told the council of the overwhelming support received from the Kiwanis Club and Thrivant for Luthrans group.
The council asked Taylor to start on a budget and long-term plan for the fire department.
The road and street report was reviewed by the council as well.
The road and street department bladed cold mix on four streets, dug soft spots on three streets and cleaned up brush and fallen trees. The department also put up seven street signs and one stop sign among other miscellaneous jobs.
Two resolutions were passed during the council meeting.
2008-07 is a resolution approving the revised 2008 annual operating budget for the city of Cherokee Village.
2008-08 is a resolution for a territorial jurisdiction permitted by ordinance 99-1 for approving an adoption of the land use plan in accordance with the Arkansas state law within Cherokee Village, Fulton and Sharp counties.
In old business, the city wide deer hunt is being organized. The Game and Fish Commission will visit Cherokee Village on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 to go over rules and regulations. They will also be conducting a spot check to get a deer count. The hunt begins the first day of bow season, Sept. 15. So far, the city has received 421 applications from hunters to hunt in the city limits.