Old Milo Farms Christmas Trees
Pines Broadcasting Company
Union Bank 1
Scripture Of The Day
Monticello Tire (Goodyear)
Secure Storage 2
Holiday Inn Express
Corner Express (O&M Oil Co.)
Head of the Class
LifeShare No Date
Free Thanksgiving Meal At Pauline Baptist
South Arkansas Business Solutions
Lucky’s Of Monticello
Gibson & Keith
Time & Temp
Immanuel Baptist Church
Monticello Medical Clinic Flu Shots
War Eagle Boats
Seark Sod Farm
In response to many resident’s questions, The sirens will be tested weekly (silently), and audibly tested monthly or quarterly.
The City Council Budget Committee, composed of Al Peer, Joe Meeks, Claudia Hartness and Tim Chase, met with Vicki Tiner, City Financial Director, and members of her department, to discuss the City’s 2015 budget, and to review some issues with the 2014 budget.
Members of the Monticello City Council Budget Committee met Tuesday evening, to consider budget requests from the various city departments for the upcoming year, and to discuss the overall state of the City Budget going in to 2015.
MLive spoke to Tucker about his leadership panel, such as police & fire chiefs, and dept. heads.
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.
Attorney 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
Dear Mr. Shamash: (attorney for Siemens)
A 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.”
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.
Local 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…)
On 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.
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.
Following last week’s “anywhere but here” reception by the City Council to purchase a section of land on the Whaley property to build a new, ecpanded, centrally located clinic, Mainline Health has withdrawn their proposal.
Here is the letter of retraction…
Dear City Council and Mayor Rogers,
Allan Nichols, Director of Mainline Health Systems, addressed the City Council at their meeting at last week’s City Council meeting, to ask for permission to purchase property adjoining the new fIre station on North Main Street, for the purpose of building a larger clinic.
The Monticello City Council met in a specially called session Tuesday evening, to decide whether to hire an attorney, Mr. Cliff Gibson, to represent the City in their dealings with Siemens, Inc., the corporation contracted for $10 million to revamp Monticello’s water system, with his stipulation that a private engineer be employed to assist him.
In response to the request of the City of Monticello to retain our Firm to provide legal assistance regarding the referenced matter, we advise that our Firm would be pleased to again be of assistance to the City and note that such continues the tradition of our Firm providing legal services to the City that dates back to and includes the administrations of Mayors Anderson, Rogers (first term), and Maxwell.
After researching the issue of whether the mayor is allowed to vote at a city council meeting where the council members have a split voteof 4–4, city attorney Witt Barton has confirmed that Mayor Joe Rogers ……
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.
The attached audio clip is from last week’s meeting between the City of Monticello and Siemens.
The main conversation point in the meeting tended to be City Council member Claudia Hartness’ concern with “facts”, “rumor “, and “transparency”; 3 words she used a total of 18 times in 15 minutes.
Following Thursday night’s City Council meeting, with some questions being answered, and many more not being answered; it seems that the internet was a popular plance for many local residents to go and search for Siemens’ (the company who is intalling our new water meters and will install an estimated 45-93 miles of underground water lines) history. Many of those who did so, forwareded their information to MLive.
Listed below are some of the other credible, documented allegation about Siemens.
Siemens in McComb, MS – Federal Court to hear Meter Lawsuit
Siemens in Jackson, MS – “Water Meters Still Worry Council Members”
Siemens Facing Pending Lawsuits in Chicago for Water System Failure
Siemens Facing Lawsuit in Sacramento
Siemens Paid $1.34 Billion in Fines – New York Times
Although these only cover a few of the wide range of products and services that Siemens offer, there is certainly enough “smoke” to be looking for “fires” to erupt.
Following Wednesday’s MLive article spotlighting the $60 million rumors circulating the city about the water system improvement project, the City Council quickly called a meeting for Thursday night, to discuss the issue.
Some Councilmembers were familiar with the questions; while others had no idea, until they read the MLive article.
The Jordan Park splash pad will open at 1:00, today.
The city pool opened last week, but due to filter and plumbing issues, the splash pad opening was postponed until today.
Work is nearly complete replacing the foundation around the feet of the Burlington water tank.
Another layer of re-bar was added (above the layer show here), and concrete added for stability.
In late April, 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. This is added to the $476,000 contract with Utility Service Group to do needed initial repairs on the city’s water towers, and then be responsible for on-going maintenance of the water towers.
A Monticello city council member was arrested, around 9 PM Sunday night, after he argued with law-enforcement officers, after being called by a friend/constituent to speak on his behalf.
The Parks Committee discussed making several possible changes at the city’s parks.
The Monticello City Council opened their monthly meeting by appointing City Clerk Andrea Chambers as President Pro Tem, to serve as Chairman and Presiding Officer over the meeting. As the County Clerk, and in accordance with established protocol, Ms. Chambers had already assumed the powers of the Mayor, following the death of the Honorable Mayor Allen Maxwell on March 10, 2014.
Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony was used as an occaision to begin the new improvment to city water service, move into the “electronic age”, with remote meter reading, and also a tribute to Mayor Allen Maxwell, who died last week. Many of Mayor Maxwell’s family members took part in Monday’s ceremony.
Reggie’s Lock & Key
Southern Quality Construction
Union Bank 2
Cass Martin Realty
1. DMH Diagnostic Imaging
The Computer Guys
Cedar Hills Apartments
Law Office Of Sara Hartness
Razorback Body Shop
AM Rental & Sales
Cash Saver Food Outlet
Ray Ryburn Real Estate
Monticello Animal Clinic
Jones Custom Backhoe Service, LLC
NorthSide Baptist Church
Tiny Thai Place
The Guest House
State Farm David Funderburg