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Council Approves Mediation with Siemens

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The City Council held a special called meeting 6 pm, Wednesday, January 7, for a vote to authorize special legal council to pursue mediation with Siemens, Inc., in order to dissolve the City’s contract with the company and to recover from Siemens damages and the City’s $7 million dollar financial investment in the water rehabilitation project.
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Gibson Recommends State Police Investigation on Siemens Water Contract – “Think They’ve Left Town” – Video

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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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Old Burlington Rug Mill Condemned by City Council

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

imageimageA Resolution was presented to the City Council, and approved, to condemn the property of Monticello Recycling, located at 231 East Shelton. The building, estimated to be over 100 years old, originally served as a cotton mill, but is commonly known as the “old Burlington Rug Mill.”

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Tornado Siren Locations Announced

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Monticello City Council met Tuesday evening, and discussed locations of the weather warnig sirens, passed a resolution authorizing the use of city property for the placement of weather warning sirens, and approved money to pay for the City’s Code Red weather warning system.

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Summary of Gibson’s Letter to Siemens

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

imageOn October 22, 2014, Cliff Gibson, the attorney hired by the City Council to represent the City of Monticello in their contract concerns with Siemens Industry, Inc. (Siemens), issued a letter to Siemens, outlining the City’s concerns.

The letter is addressed to Mr. Tony Ardillo. The following is a summary of that letter.

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City Council Hears Public Complaints about Godfrey Ditch & Creekwood Creek Flooding Homes – Considers City Cleaning Out Drainage Ditches – Video

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

City Attorney Whit Barton addressed the City council, Tuesday evening, about the problem of creeks flooding in Monticello.

Mr. Barton stated he was asked last week whether the City can clean out ditches on private property. He responded that the answer is no, but under the right circumstances they can. If a creek or ditch is a significant part of the City’s drainage system, then it can be cleared by the City.

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Construction Problems for Monticello Schools Seem Solved on Wednesday

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

mont schoolsThis report was based on the situation, at Tuesday night, 8 pm, with the school board members were contemplating calling attorneys for legal action.

After reading the top report, be sure to read the final paragraph, it’s was added Thursday morning.

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At their monthly meeting, Tuesday , the Monticello School Board was presented with updates on the various campus construction projects, including significant problems that will delay progress on several building projects, and could potentially cost the District a substantial sum of money.

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Photos from Saturday’s SASE Swim Meet in Monticello

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Air-Vac to Waive $30,000 Rescue Chopper Bill to County for Murder Suspect – Video

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


Judge Robert Akin announced at Monday night’s Quorum Court meeting that Air-Evac will not pursue payment from Drew County for the helicopter transport of a wounded murder suspect from Drew Memorial Hospital to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. The med-flight was the result of a police-involved shooting incident that took the life of Samantha  Poole on Friday evening, March 14, in the vicinity of Save-A-Lot and Trotter Street.

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Water Tower Foundation to Cost City Another $124,000

Friday, April 25th, 2014


burlington tank waterTuesday evening, after considerable discussion, the Monticello City Council approved an amendment to the City’s contract with Utility Service Group to repair and reinforce the foundation of the Burlington water tower. The amount of this contract amendment is $124,200.

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Business Owner Addresses “Long Period” Parking on the Square to City Council

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

At the City Council’s Tuesday evening meeting, a local business owner asked the Council to pass an ordinance setting time limits for parking on the square.

The business owner requested an ordinance be passed, and signs installed, limiting parking to an unspecified number of hours, so that parking space can be more readily available for shoppers.

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Local Industry Expanding, Adding Jobs

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

hoodAt the Monticello Economic Development Commission’s monthly meeting, Nita McDaniel expounded on the recent city council meeting announcement that Hood Packaging is in the process of going through another expansion, which will add an estimated 12 new jobs, with an estimated hourly wage of $16

Hood will be investing between between $2M and $4M to add an additional product line. This will create 12 new full time jobs. AEDC has committed $250,000 in forgivable loans to help offset the costs of the expansion project, and on July 25th, the City Council approved an additional $100,000 in forgivable loans from the City war chest to assist with the expansion project as well.

As the planning of this expansion is on-going, new needs continue to develop, and the commission will be meeting soon to discuss these new aspects of the expansion.

City Council Discusses Local Bypasses Again

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

mapAt their last meeting, the Mayor addressed the Council about the possible construction of two roads with a grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. These roads would run from North Scogin Drive to Hwy. 278 and from Hwy. 278 to Barkada Road, for the purpose of reducing traffic congestion.

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City Council Approves $500,000 Burlington Water Tower Repair

Monday, July 29th, 2013

burlington tank waterOn July 11 the City Council held a special meeting at which Brian Woodring with Utility Services, Inc., presented a proposal to repair the city’s water towers for a cost of approximately $500,000. Their proposal would repair the water towers and establish a service contract, which would allow the City to pay the project out over a five year period as well as keep the tanks maintained.

Here’s the full report from that meeting.

The City Attorney reviewed the contract and determined that due to the nature of the services, it would not be necessary to take bids on the work. To comply with all legal requirements, Utilities Services Inc. would be required to provide a bond. They indicated that would not be a problem. They also verified that the contract was drawn up based on the recommendation of licensed engineers. Under the contract, Utilities Services Inc. will be completely responsible for the care and maintenance of the water towers. The Council authorized the City to accept the contract, once it is updated with a bond.

Once the contract is signed, work will begin with the Burlington water tower in early Fall of this year. Burlington water tower has not been painted or refurbished since 1981.

 

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