Tyronza discusses plans for I-555, mosquitoes, garbage pickup

Friday, April 11, 2003

The Tyronza City Council discussed contracting the city's garbage service, new plans for I-555 and mosquito control plans during the April 15 meeting.

With two of the city's three garbage trucks needing expensive repairs, the Council addressed the possibility of contracting garbage service with B and B, the company that provides trash service for Lepanto and Marked Tree. Mayor Marion Bearden told the Council that the city is currently losing $3,000 yearly by operating its own trash pickup. That amount does not include major mechanical overhauls that may be needed, said Bearden.

Bearden told the Council that Ofard Sharp has retired, and Marion Burch continues to work for the city but does not work on the trash pickup. Billy Hood is currently driving the garbage truck for the city. Bearden said that it would be hard to find employees who would work only 16 hours per week, and she had contacted B and B for information on the services that they might provide for the city.

The proposal submitted by B and B for Tyronza included one pickup per week, furnished containers for household trash, containers for city buildings at no cost and open containers for spring and fall cleanup. B and B would charge each household $8 and would continue to service all households that Tyronza services now.

A motion was made and approved to have the newest garbage truck repaired.

A motion was made to request bids for garbage pickup, with the city retaining the right to reject any or all bids.

Garbage pickup will remain unchanged and the Council will review bids on garbage pickup next month.

Mayor Marion Bearden presented the Council with information on a mosquito spray device and a spray that is used successfully by Lake City and Dell, Ark. The spray is a garlic concentrate that is safe for children and pets, but repels mosquitoes.

After some discussion, the council voted to purchase $1,500 of the spray and a motor for a sprayer.

Bearden updated the Council on the development of plans for I-555. She told the Council that she met last week with Dan Flowers from the Arkansas Department of Highways and Transportation. The third set of plans for the Hwy. 118 Interchange have been completed and are available at the City Hall for review. Bearden said there will be another hearing to review the plans, but a date has not been set.

Councilmember Johnny Ross made a motion to triple the salary of the City Recorder/Treasurer, which did not pass. He also made a motion to double the salary of the City Recorder/Treasurer; that motion also failed to pass.

In other business, the council:

* Approved the minutes for the March 11 regular meeting

* Approved expenditures for the month of March

* Heard from a citizen who is not currently on the city's sewer system, but wishes to tap into the city's sewer line.

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