Members of the council also discussed the Sharp and Fulton County Advalorem Tax, but the discussion was tabled until the next meeting.
Tracey Breckenridge, water superintendent, discussed with council the possibility of the city beginning to move the water utilities for the upcoming widening of the Highway to a five line in 2010. Breckenridge was given the heads up on the project of obtaining right of ways. City Attorney Larry Kissee advised council and Breckenridge, to get written permission from landowners for the right of ways. Kissee said he would draft a form for residents to sign prior to the city's beginning to move the water lines. Kissee said it is very important to note that these forms, once signed, must also be filed with the clerk's office.
In other business, city council members discussed the possibility of updating a city ordinance that was established in 1982 with regard to loitering. This matter was brought forward due to complaints from residents about youth remaining in the parking lots of both Walmart and Citgo in Ash Flat. The old ordinance prohibits loitering after hours at businesses and churches in the city limits of Ash Flat. Because Walmart stays open 24 hours a day, technically, there is no real violation of the 27 year old ordinance. The city agreed to forego the discussion until further research regarding options to deal with the issue could be considered.
In new business, the city council went into executive session to review the applications submitted to the city for the job opening of city building inspector/code enforcement officer and flood plain manager. Following a vote by council, Jonathan Myren was hired for the position. He will begin the new position immediately.
In other new business, members of the council agreed to continue with their contract with Eagle Fest. The city allocated $3,000 to the event. Eagle Fest is Ash Flat's exclusive event held yearly at Ash Flat Ball Park. The 2009 Eagle Fest will be held Oct. 2-3.
Following a motion being made and passed to allow the city to pay bills, the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting of Ash Flat City Council will be held Oct. 19 at Ash Flat City Hall.