Putting an Ash Flat Fire Station back on track, the annual budget, and a new subdivision were the main topics of discussion at the Dec. 13 meeting of the Ash Flat City Council.
After a presentation by local architect Larry Bronson, the council voted to hire him to prepare a specifications book for the city's new fire department building, in order to put it out for bid once again. Previous bids came in above budget and were rejected by Mayor Danny Traw. Bronson spoke to the council and agreed to draw up the specs for five percent of the total bid on the fire station. The plans should be completed in February or March, allowing the department to advertise for bids sometime in March. The city has yet to vote to purchase the proposed Dillard Auto Dealership building to house city offices and utilize seven acres on the property to build the new fire department.
Jeff Long addressed council regarding a potential new subdivision he is planning to construct, located near Branscum and Grace Roads. Long asked the council about the cost and possibility of the city running water to the property, some of which lies outside the city limits. He explained he would provide a plat designating the needs of the subdivision.
Water Superintendent Tracy Breckenridge said a six-inch main would have to be run to serve the homes, whether it was one home or more.
Breckenridge said there were water pressure issues near the land and most of the residents who live in the area have to use booster pumps to get the adequate pressure.
Long said the new subdivision will contain up to 11 six to eight acre lots. After the subdivision is established, it will be written into a contract that the tracts cannot be subdivided into smaller tracts.
Breckenridge said he sees no problem serving the homes, but wanted to stress the pressure levels in the area could cause problems in regard to fire protection.
He said he will perform pressure tests, after being provided with the plats, and get back to Long in regards to the cost to provide water service to the land.
Council then went into executive session to discuss potential raises for city employees.
After a lengthy discussion, council approved a three percent raise for employees earning less than $25,000 annually, and a two percent raise for those earning in excess of $25,000. Police Chief Anthony Wiles was also given a raise and police officers Dan Fry and Steve Powell received a $6,000 annual raise, from $21,000 to $25,000.
The city's 2012 budget was discussed. The city plans to continue to review the budget to analyze where further cuts can be made prior to passing the budget. The City will hold a budget meeting at a later date.
The Ash Flat City Council meets monthly on the third Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Ash Flat City Hall. The public is always welcome to attend the meetings.