A new police chief, annexation ordinance, the possible hiring of a building inspector, city survey and the opening of bids for limb removal were the topics of the full agenda for the Ash Flat City Council meeting held April 20 at City Hall.
The city of Ash Flat passed Resolution No 2009-4-1 to annex the land on which the Ash Flat Ball park sits to be included in the Ash Flat City limits.
In other business, the city offered to hire Ken Anderson as city building inspector on an as needed basis for $250 per month.
Anderson who has taken the FEMA classes and works as the flood plain manager for the city of Horseshoe Bend would be an ideal candidate because of his working knowledge with respect to dealing with FEMA. He would also be responsible for overseeing the new building codes that were recently passed. Anderson is considering the offer and will report back to the council in May with his decision
In other business the city survey was discussed by council. Mayor Danny Traw said that he had been in contact with the surveyor and that there was no definite price for the survey. He said it would be between $2,000 to $5,000 to begin the survey.
Sealed bids for the removal of hazardous and hanging limbs on city property were opened. All businesses who submitted bids provided proof of both liability insurance and workmans compensation. The following five bids were considered.
1. C.W. Lawn Care and Service, for $16,500.
2. Dawson's Backhoe Service for $27,000.
3. Talley Tree Masters for $32,000.
4. B& B Hauling and Trimming and hauling $45 per tree, and removing and hauling for $55 per tree.
5. WSL Construction and Mowing Services for $46,050.
On April 23, a special meeting, C.W. Lawn Care service was awarded the contract for the limb removal.
In new business, Stewart Noland with Crist engineers presented the council with the findings on the natural gas project that could become a reality for members of Sharp County in the near future. This would be the first county wide natural gas program in the state if it becomes a reality.
Street Superintendent Danny Grant presented a rough draft of Ordinance 2009-0-0. This ordinance defines guidelines for which citizens' of Ash Flat must adhere to in the future, in the event of any natural disaster that causes the need for a debris removal service to be utilized on personal property.
The ordinance will make businesses who do tree, yard work, landscaping or other type of debris removal within the city limits to obtain a city permit and provide license and workmans compensation documents to the city.
In addition, this ordinance will further require these businesses to post the name of the service at each work site for a period of thirty days and notify city hall of the address where the service will be performed.
The council agreed to have City Attorney Larry Kissee draw up a legally binding resolution from Grant's draft.
In other new business, the city agreed to participate in natural hazard mitigation and to work to work toward becoming a safer city,
The Ash Flat City Council approved a sign permit for Sheila Nix for Breaktime Cafe across from the Sharp County courthouse.
In other new business, an ordinance was passed to amend the City Handbook defining the amount of sick leave for firefighters 2009-4-2.
This ordinance defines that any firefighter employed by the city that is on duty 12 out of 24 hours shall receive 10 sick days per year and these days will be noted on the respective firefighter's account. They may accumulate a maximum of sixty working days.
Fines for Ordiance 2-1-2009 which was passed in February were set at a flat fee of $100. This Careless and Inattentive Driving Ordinance makes the offense less than that of careless and prohibited driving.
The council went into executive session and Anthony Wiles was promoted to Ash Flat Police chief and Steve Powell and Dan Fry, both of whom just completed their training were introduced.