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Gibson Recommends State Police Investigation on Siemens Water Contract – “Think They’ve Left Town” – Video

December 22nd, 2014 by

Mr. Cliff Gibson, a local attorney hired by the City of Monticello to assist them in resolving problems with Siemens Industries Corporation, addressed the City Council at their meeting Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Gibson had submitted a 13 page report on his findings thus far in his investigation of Siemens and its arrangement with the City of Monticello to refurbish the City’s antiquated water system.

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County Christmas Closing

December 22nd, 2014 by

courthouseThe Drew County Courthouse and Road Department will be closed December, 24th 25th and 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Sanitation route will run as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday route will run the normal route. Thursday route will run on Friday.

Have a Merry Christmas,
Judge Robert Akin

Gibson’s Letter to City Ponts to More Siemens Shortfalls

December 22nd, 2014 by

cliff gibsonDear Mayor Rogers and Members of the City Council:

We write to provide you with a status report on the subject matter. We encourage you to re-review our earlier correspondence on this subject.

You will recall that we wrote Siemens in behalf of the City on November 6, 2014, relative to several failures of Siemens’ earlier response to address the legitimate concerns of the City of Monticello respecting the project, and in which we called them to task for falsely accusing Mayor Maxwell of having directed that Sensus water meters be used instead of the Hersey meters specified by the contract. Read the rest of this entry »

City Holiday Schedule

December 22nd, 2014 by

CITY HALLThe City of Monticello will be closed December 24,25 and 26. Trash routes are: Monday will pick up Monday and Thursday

Tuesday will pick up Tuesday and Friday. Transfer Station will be closed. Dumpsters will be available at McCloy Park and the New Fire Station on Wood Street. Have a Merry Christmas.

Lost & Found: Backpack

December 20th, 2014 by

lost & foundLost: Red and Black Razorback backpack.

Lost Tuesday, Dec 16, at the MMS band concert.

Bag contained clothes, a contact case, and cologne.

If found please call 723-6087 and ask for Leslie.

Drew County Single Parent Scholarship Board Met Its 2014 Match Grant Challenge

December 20th, 2014 by

board membersThe Drew County Single Parent Scholarship Board was recently congratulated for meeting their 2014 Affiliate Match Grant from the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. According to Beverly Chapple, ASPF Field Representative, this is the first time since its inception that the match grant has been met.
Affiliate board members work year round to encourage and support the ever-growing educational and training needs of single parents, believing that single-parent families that are led by skilled and educated mothers or fathers have a much greater opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency resulting in improved quality of life, from generation to generation.

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Council Chooses MEDC over Mays & Associates for $280,000 Economic Development Contract

December 19th, 2014 by

Thursday night the Monticello City Council accepted the bid of the Monticello Economic Development Commission, better known as the MEDC, of $280,617 for economic development services to the city over P.F. Mays & Associates, LLC’s bid of $264,000.

The problem for that decision, (which has no correct answer) comes back to the way the contract was advertised in its legal annoumcement.
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City & County Beginning to Draw Lines on Paying for Shared Expenses

December 18th, 2014 by

imageAt last week’s City Council budget committee meeting, the group discussed budget items that could be cost-shared with the county.

One of these items was the “man on the hill” at the transfer station.  This city employee operates the compactor the presses the (city and county’s) trash, after it is dumped from the trash trucks.

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Monticello Weather

Today is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as yesterday. Showers.
Chance of Rain
Monday 12/22 40%
High 61° / Low 49°
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 61F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 12/23 60%
High 54° / Low 39°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 54F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

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