Tuesday, Mayor Steve Jernigan updated the Lepanto City Council on several issues the council has discussed in recent months. He said he had entered a verbal agreement with Marked Tree Mayor Wayne Nichols in which Marked Tree will pay a $50 fee whenever they use Lepanto's drug dog. Lepanto currently pays a fee to Marked Tree for using their facilities for holding prisoners.
Mayor Jernigan also gave an update on properties needing clean-up, saying he had contacted several property owners who had agreed to clean up their properties. "We're working on it a little at a time," Jernigan said.
The city's dog catcher will receive training in Jonesboro on using a tranquilizer gun. The mayor said the dogs around town had gotten used to him, were avoiding traps, and running away when he got near. He hopes the use of a tranquilizer gun will help catch the ones that are running away.
Last year, the city applied for a half-million dollar loan and a half million dollar grant to replace corroding water lines. Jernigan said the city was turned down but will reapply early next year.
He also announced the holiday schedule for garbage pickup. Those who usually have pickup on Tuesday will have pickup on Wednesday for the next two weeks, and those who usually have pickup on Friday will have it on Saturday.
In other business, the council:
*Approved purchasing a fireproof safe for $1,200 out of the cemetery fund to store cemetery records.
*Approved moving the line account from police records to city records. The line account was set up as a miscellaneous police fund, but invoices are not always centrally located.
*Adopted an ordinance amending the 2012 operating budget.
*Tabled discussion of the 2013 proposed budget until next month.