August 16, 2022
The City of Dover in Pope County, State of Arkansas, met in regular session August 16, 2022 at the Dover City Hall. The following were present: Mayor Lee presiding and the following alderpersons: Pat McAlister, Chris Loper, Chris Walker, Connie Ragsdale, Carl Wetzel, Fred Standridge and Attorney Luker.
Prayer: Chris Loper
Pledge of Allegiance led by Chris Walker
Melissa Sanders gave the Library Report. There were 1386 visitors, 493 wi-fi users and 11 new cards issued.
The minutes of the July 19, 2022 meeting were reviewed and there being no corrections, Alderman Loper made motion to approve minutes. Alderman Standridge 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 6. Nays: 0. Motion Carried.
The minutes of the Special Called Meeting June 30, 2022 were reviewed and there being no corrections, Alderman Loper made motion to approve minutes. Alderman Walker 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 5. Nays: 0. Motion Carried.
The minutes of the Special Called Meeting August 2, 2022 were reviewed and there being no corrections, Alderwoman McAlister made motion to approve minutes. Alderman Loper 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 6. Nays: 0. Motion Carried.
The monthly bills were received and signed. Alderwoman McAlister made motion to approve payment of the bills. Alderman Loper 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 6. Nays: 0. Motion Carried.
Ron Walker with the Planning Commission stated the next meeting will be October 6th. He also stated 31 acres from Hwy. 27 to Hwy 164 have been sold and the plan is for a Christmas Tree Farm.
Mayor Lee approached the council about purchasing 2 Carports. He stated the equipment the city has like the mini-ex, the side by side and tractor etc. do not need to be sitting out in weather. He has looked into a 40 x 30 to be put at the water tanks and a 18 x 25 to be put at the water plant. Both of these would be about $16,000. After discussion, Alderman Wetzel made motion to purchase both carports out of General Account. Alderwoman Ragsdale 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 6. Nays: 0. Motion Carried.
Mayor Lee told the council that with the new side by side the city has the option to purchase a bumper to bumper warranty extended to 72 months for the price of $1480. Alderman Standridge made motion to take the extended warranty. Alderman Wetzel 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 6. Nays: 0. Motion Carried.
Mayor Lee stated he is still trying to get bids on the sidewalk from Ozarka Street to the Park.
Mayor Lee stated he is retiring from his full time job as of October 1st. He is going to be putting in more hours here at city hall. He stated the previous mayor was getting paid $1200 per month and when Lee was voted in as Mayor he cut the pay to $600 per month. He ask the council to think on this and make a decision on his pay next meeting.
Mayor Lee told council that back in 2021 the city was approved for a grant from ARDOT to overlay 7 city streets. He contacted them recently and the project is still on go, however it will be 2023 when the work actually gets done and the price has gone up so the City might have to pay part of the expenses.
Mayor Lee announced Jake McDonnell with Chambers Bank and Nathan Jones with Jones Automotive were here to present the city with a check. Nathan Jones explained he appreciated the city, mayor and all city employees for what all they do and the check was for $3,500 to the Police Department.
Yancy Poynter gave the Utility Report.
- re-worked service Peaceful valley
- filmed north maple, and north josephine
- family dollar gravity re-location is installed but not tested
- cleared right of way on hillcrest
- cleared tree limb that fell on oak street
- streets sprayed
Fire Chief Duvall was absent so Police Officer Titsworth gave the fire report. There were 2 malfunctions at the schools, one training, and 3 fires.
Police Chief Dalrymple was absent so Officer Titsworth also gave the police report. There were 870 total calls, 191 contacts, 650 property checks and 608 extra patrols. Titsworth said the evidence program that had been ordered will be here next week. He also stated there was a shooter training at the school.
Mayor Lee said there is new regulations for recording Dover District Court. He said there is a possibility the city will have to purchase an updated recording system.
He also stated the city is probably going to direct deposit for payroll and the council pay. The cost will be a one time $1,000 for the program module and a monthly fee of approximately $45 per month. Alderman Standridge made motion to proceed with the direct deposit system. Alderman Wetzel 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 6. Nays: 0. Motion Carried.
Mayor Lee stated he is going to meet with Mayor Harris and Steve Mallott next week concerning the sewer lines between Dover and Russellville.
Alderwoman McAlister made motion to adjourn. Alderman Standridge 2nd. A Voice Vote. Yeas: 6. Nays: 0. Meeting Adjourned.