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Dabney Appointed to Airport Commission

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

imageGlen Dabney, of Eagle Forestry Service, has been appointed to the airport commission, replacing Charles Savage.

The decision is expected to be approved by the City Council, next week.

Council Makes Economic Development Contract “Professional Service” – Selects MEDC to Continue During Interim

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

In a special called meeting Wednesday evening, January 7, the Monticello City Council passed a resolution to reject the bids submitted for economic development services on November 21, 2014; to declare economic development services as professional services; to authorize the publication of requests for qualifications for economic development; and to extend the current “contract” with Monticello Economic Development Commission to February 28.


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.

State Police & Prosecuting Attorney Asked to Investigate Siemens Water Case

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Based on the recommendation of attorney Cliff Gibson, Mayor Joe Rogers has turned the $10,000,000 Siemens Water Improvement Project over to the Arkansas State Police and 10th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen.

City Council Votes to Make Economic Development a “Professional Service” in Special Meeting

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

In a special meeting of the City Council, called by 3 of its members, Monday night, the topic of the “economic development” bid (and how it was handled at last weeks meeting) was discussed in depth.

At one point alderman Cedric Leonars described the groups earlier decision as, “Eight blind people up here that don’t know what’s going on,” referring to the council handling of bid contracts presented by MEDC and Mays & Associates for the city’s economic development.


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.


Gibson’s Letter to City Points to More Siemens Shortfalls

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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. (more…)

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

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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.

Holiday Dumpsters

Friday, November 28th, 2014

trash bag 2Due to the holiday season, the City of Monticello has annoumced that dumpsters will be located at the Fire Station on Wood street and at McCloy Park for extra trash.

Tornado Siren Installation Underway

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

imageTornado sirens are currently being installed in the Monticello area, including the show areas near the library, hospital, and Old Troy Road water tower.image

imageA total of 18 sirens will be installed, most on their own self-standing towers.image

In response to many resident’s questions, The sirens will be tested weekly (silently), and audibly tested monthly or quarterly.


Tear in Pool Liner Tops Parks Agenda – $100,000+ ?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

imageThe city park committee met last week, and discussed several items, including the details of the tear in the liner of the city pool.

The tear is believed to have been caused by water from the fill-lines leaking behind the liner.

The estimated cost of the repairs is not know, but similar repairs cost $268,000 in 2007.  Although the liner’s warranty is pro-rated, it has been several years since it was installed.


Gibson’s Latest Letter to Siemens, “State Police Polygraphs,” Warranties, & Potential Lawsuit

Friday, November 7th, 2014

cliff gibsonAttorney Cliff Gibson wrote a response letter to Siemens, in response to their recent reply to his last letter, in reference to the manyquestion about a wide range of issues and legaalites in the city’s water project, being contracted with their company.

Here is a summary of Gibson’s letter. (The unedited letter, along with the response letter from Siemens are posted in PDF form, below)
Letter to Siemens Legal Counsel

Response Letter from Siemens’ Legal Counsel

Dear Mr. Shamash: (attorney for Siemens)

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.


Gibson Hires Engineer for Siemens Water Woes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

city hallLocal attorney Cliff Gibson, recently hired by the City Council to deal with the depths of confusion involved in the $10,000,000 water improvement project with Siemens, has hired an engineer to work on the project with him.

Attached is the letter he sent to the City Council members.

Also included in the letter were the selected firm’s vitae and list of qualifications.

Dear Mayor Rogers and Members of the City Council:
Consistent with your engagement of our Firm, I have reviewed the qualifications of the City’s regular engineering firm, (more…)

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.


Gibson’s Letter to Siemens Over Breach of Water Contract, Not Bonding Project, & Other Issues

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Cliff Gibson

Cliff Gibson at City Council Meeting

October 22, 2014

Dear Mr. Ardillo:

Our firm has been retained by the City of Monticello (City) relative to problems being experienced with the referenced Contract and the performance of Siemens Industry, Inc. (Siemens) thereunder. We write you now in behalf of the City.

Siemens’ Failure to Provide Legally Required Contractor Performance and Payment Bonds.


Monticello Weather

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