Highland Mayor Richard Smith announced to council the city had hired an appraiser to appraise the properties next to Lake Mirandy. The city is in the process of constructing a fun park in Highland, through a grant it received. Recently, the city discovered there was not enough land in which to house the park, and have been in the process of obtaining land joining the area for the completion of the project. Smith said he expects estimates on the property value of three different small tracts of land bordering the proposed park to be in next Monday. At that time the city of Highland will make an offer on the parcels in order to move forward with the project.
The council passed an ordinance establishing a procedure for setting fees for installation of sewer pumps, tanks, service lines and required connections to the second phase of the city's sewer system.
The ordinance repeals an earlier ordinance. Specifics include minimum billing defining every structure for which sewer service is available will be charged at least the minimum monthly rate, whether they are occupied or not.
The ordinance also establishes a connection fee set by the city. It was passed by an emergency clause.
Council then opened submitted bids for chip sealing three of Highland's streets. Cummings, Five Star Paving, Moore Asphalt and Tri County submitted bids for the project which includes Liberty Hill Circle, B Johns Road and Applegate Road. After reviewing bids, there were some questions, including whether Five Star Paving's estimate included the base for the chip seal. Council voted to allow the mayor to negotiate with Five Star for their $49,081.32 estimate to include the base.
If not, the mayor was given the authority to approve the Moore Asphalt bid, providing it falls under $61,000, which is the amount budgeted by the city for the project. Council gave Smith the authority to negotiate with the Jonesboro based company to lower the bid. The company's submitted bid was, $62,550. All members voted in favor of the motion, with the exception of Alderman Danny Taylor, who said, the amount of Moore's bid is already over the allocated amount.
As the last order of business, council voted to accept a flood damage prevention program for the city. This is the same type of ordinance surrounding cities have passed, due to FEMA identifying the potential for flooding areas in the area.
In order to be in compliance with "The Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Sharp County and incorporated areas, the ordinance was passed. According to the document, "The main purpose of the legislation is to promote public health, safety and welfare and prevent adverse impacts from any floodplain development activities and to minimize public and private losses due to flooding in identified special flood hazard areas."
The detailed document includes many specifics, including methods of reducing flood losses, lands which the ordinance applies as well as penalties for non-compliance.
By passing the ordinance, the city is now in compliance with the law and eligible to receive FEMA funding in the event of a natural disaster such as a flood.
Mayor Smith took an opportunity prior to adjourning to compliment the many city workers, including police, fire and office personnel, who participated in the recent backpack extravaganza. He said he was very proud of the workers for the time they put into the community wide event.
Highland City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Highland City Hall.
The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.