The Ash Flat City Council met in its regular monthly session Jan. 19 at Ash Flat City Hall. The main topics of discussion were the proposed sale of accumulated items and an announcement the city has been waiting to hear for many years.
Following the approval of the Dec. 15 minutes and department reports, Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw announced that the city has several accumulated items of equipment to offer for sale to the highest bidder. Following a unanimous vote to list the items in the paper, council agreed to open bids at their February council meeting.
Discussion ensued about the possibility of adjusting sewer bills for leaks during the winter months, much the same as the city adjusts water bills for filling pools once during the summer. Mackie Thompkins told council she had spoke with a USDA representative and he said since the city decided to forego winter averaging, one option was to offer adjustments to resident's sewer bills in the event they suffer a breakage due to ice during the winter. Thompkins said Carter advised her that there did not need to be an ordinance in place, but the decision by council needed to be noted in the minutes of the meeting.
Thompkins suggested only making significant adjustments, not ones that were minor. She also suggested to council that this be at the water clerk's discretion. Council agreed and voted to allow the water department to adjust the sewer bill in the event of a significant leak.
In announcements, Traw told the council that he had attended the recent meeting of the White River Library Board and was given the go-ahead to move forward with plans to obtain a library for the city of Ash Flat. Traw said they are currently working on obtaining grants for the new library. He mentioned possible locations and stressed that although the city needs a library, it is dependant upon obtaining the needed funding. The board gave Traw permission to move forward with their plans for the library and said that if they would provide the building and utilities, the board would supply the furnishings and books.
The Ash Flat City Council meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Ash Flat City Hall. The public is always invited to attend these meetings.