Lepanto City Council discusses issues in meeting
In its final meeting before the November general election, the Lepanto City Council discussed several key issues dealing with the city, at its meeting Monday night. The council voted 8-0 to approve a tax millage resolution, setting the city's tax rate for 2003. The resolution calls for a 1.7 mill tax rate for real property and a .4 mill tax rate for fire protection. The personal property tax rate is set by Amendment 59 of the Arkansas Constitution and the combined millage rate represents no change, from last year. In a related topic, the council voted 8-0 to go on record opposing removing the sales tax on food and medicine, which is the purpose of Amendment 3 on the November ballot. The council also agreed to state their disapproval in an ad that will be published in a local newspaper in the next two weeks.
In other action, the council:
* voted 8-0 to accept a proposal by Marked Tree attorney Mike Everett and the city of Lepanto, dealing with the retirement benefits of former city employee Linda Powell. The council heard from City Attorney Noyl Houston, who discussed the issue in detail. Under the agreement, Powell would agree to drop a lawsuit filed a few years ago against the city, if the city would drop its counterclaim against Powell. Under the agreement, Powell will keep retirement benefits from 1993 on. City council members agreed that the proposal was the way to go in settling the suit.
* Heard from city council member John Henderson, about the procedure of hiring and firing a police chief. Council members also discussed the lawsuit by former police chief James Alexander against the city of Lepanto, with Mayor Dale Dunlap stating that nothing new has happened with the lawsuit lately.
* Voted 8-0 to approve the minutes and financial statement for the month of Sept., 2002.
* Heard a report on the scout hut in Lepanto. According to city officials, a volunteer day last weekend was a big success and in 6-8 weeks, the city will have a completely remodeled building.
* Heard from Mayor Dale Dunlap about streets being paved in the city of Lepanto in the future. Dunlap stated that A-State Paving Co. would be in Lepanto in November to complete the paving of roads. He also said that the paving was contingent on weather conditions at the time.
* Discussed the issue of illegal drugs in Lepanto, loud music and yards and houses in disarray inside the city limits.