Hardy will be kicking off the Christmas season with their annual Christmas parade Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton announced the parade at the city council meeting held Dec. 2. Thornton said the parade will begin at 11 a.m. and the line-up will start at 8 a.m. The line-up will be between the city hall building and the CenturyTel building. The parade will go down Main Street and turn right on 5th Street.
Anyone interested in participating in the parade or for more information, contact Thornton at Hardy City Hall. The number is 870-856-3811.
In other business, the council revisited the Hardy Camper Park issue. Thornton informed the council that Jeff Klein, the man who had intended on leasing the park before the flood, has verbally agreed to lease it in 2009.
If Klein follows through and signs the lease, his lease will begin in January. The council agreed to allow the lease, making him responsible for the insurance on the property and its belongings. The council also agreed that at their discreation the person leasing the park will have first chance at renewal of the lease when the agreement expires.
Hardy's city handbook states that the Hardy volunteer firemen are to be reimbursed for their mileage at the same time as city employees receive their Christmas pay. Thornton said she does not think this is the way it should be done and she intends to meet with the council next year and revise the handbook.
The council held a discussion and agreed the firemen will be reimbursed Dec. 5. The reimbursement schedule runs from November through November each year and the firemen receive $10 for each call they responded to.
"They raise the money?" Alderman Raymond Hicks asked the council. Thornton told the council that the fire department, for the most part, raises their own money for reimbursement through their auction and fundraisers each year.
The handbook also states that city employees cannot have their holiday pay until the end of December. Again, the council disagreed with this clause. The council agreed with Thornton that employees should receive their holiday pay in conjunction with their regular paycheck Dec. 15. The council said this allows the employees to have some extra Christmas money.
Thornton briefed the council on the city's year-end audit report. The report allows a 10 percent margin of error or $500, whichever is greater.
According to the report, all categories audited were marked "no exceptions," which means they were within the allowable error margin, except one. The city's fixed assets list had an error.
There were two police cars sold at an auction that were not removed from the list. Thornton said this error would be fixed and the list then will be up-to-date.
"We did not have a fixed asset list until I made one," Thornton told the council.
Thornton announced that the Sharp County Library Cookbooks are available at City Hall. Thornton said these cookbooks would make a great Christmas present and they would gift wrap them for anyone who is interested.