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Burlington Water Tower Repair – $500,000 – Edited

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

zThe City Council called a special meeting, recently, to discuss water tank repairs on the Burlington Tank on HWY 278 East.

The Burlington water tower’s repair issues have been an ongoing source of concern for the City of Monticello. Recently Mayor Maxwell contacted Utility Service Co. Inc. about repair and maintenance of the tower. An employee of Utility Service Co. was present at the Council meeting and discussed services the company can offer the City of Monticello.

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City Council Updated on Water System Project – Possible Cost, $10,000,000

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

water phases

Proposed phasas of water main replacement project

Samples of current failing water mains

Samples of current failing water mains

Mayor Alan Maxwell concluded the monthly meeting of the City Council with an update on the City water project. The final cost of the water project, which includes 4,200 meters and approximately 93 miles of water pipes, is $10 million.  Maxwell pointed out that this is a “performance based contract”, which means the city is guaranteed to recover all of its expenses on the project

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City Council Hears Vicious Dog Ordinance, but Takes No Action

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Mickey & FriendTuesday evening at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Monticello City Council reviewed an ordinance that would establish guidelines for owning and controlling dangerous dogs in the City.

The ordinance would not ban any specific breed from the city. It would, however provide requirements for owners of Pit Bulls that go beyond the requirements for owners of other dog breeds.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Public Rail Access Facility at Industrial Park

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a Public Rail Access Facility in the MEDC Industrial Park was held Tuesday afternoon.

When completed the new rail spur will hook to the existing (soon to be improved) spur at Hood Packaging, and switch to a rail that will send freight cars into the Industrial Site for loading and unloading of cargo. This will likely begin with lumber.  Currently Price Lumber and occasionally Maxwell Hardwood load rail freight at the Jackson Street crossing.

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The Future of the Courthouse Trees – Video

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

At Monday’s Quorum Court meeting, Judge Robert Akin brought up the matter of what to do about the tree on the north side of the courthouse. There is concern that the tree will cause foundation damage to the courthouse, and one recommendation was that the tree be removed.

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Entergy High Voltage Transmission Line Considered from Desha to Drew Counties

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Wednesday evening Entergy Arkansas held a public open house at UAM to discuss the installation and construction of a new 230 kilovolt electrical transmission line being planned for Drew and Desha counties. In addition to providing information and answering questions, attendees were invited to complete questionnaires and express their comments and concerns regarding this installation.

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DC Superintendant Johnston Retiring June 30

Friday, January 18th, 2013

During the personnel segment of the Drew Central school board meeting, the Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Mike Johnston.

Mr. Johnston, who has worked in education for 44 years, and served at Drew Central for 32 years, will leave effective July 1.

Mayor Discusses Needed Water Rate Increase & Mt. Zion Water Assn. with City Council

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Discussion of the need for a 3% water rate increase was brought before the Council by Mayor Allen Maxwell.

Because of an aging water system, maintenance, repairs and replacement costs are increasing significantly. It was pointed out that Monticello has some of the lowest water rates of any of the surrounding cities. Data for last year’s costs will be compiled and this matter will be discussed at upcoming meetings.

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Also in the meeting, the Mayor advised the Council about the circumstances surrounding the Mt. Zion Water Association. It was decided that no further action would be taken until representatives for Mt. Zion appear before the Council.

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