Marked Tree Council approves water department fees
Among the items approved by the Marked Tree City Council during Monday night's monthly meeting were a couple increases to water charges. The council reviewed a proposal to raise water tapping fees and other fees, though they only approved raising two fees: the tampering fee and the after hours connect fee.
The council approved raising the tampering fee from $50 to $300. City Clerk Pam Wright said the new water meters cost around $200 each and hoped a higher fee would prevent tampering. The council also approved instituting an after hours connect fee of $50. The council did not approve raising the water tap or sewer tap fees.
The council also heard an update on hiring a director for summer activities at the sports complex. Mayor Mary Ann Arnold hired Tyler Herring on a part-time basis for the position after both she and Wright met with him. Herring is Assistant Softball Coach at Williams Baptist College. Wright said Herring plans to schedule tournaments every week and is already working on that for next summer. Herring also wants to hold baseball and softball clinics. Herring plans to meet with the council during July's regular meeting.
In other business, the council:
*approved an ordinance rezoning a property located at the northeast corner of lot one, block six of St. Francis Addition from Residential-2 to Commercial-2. The property will be used for an auto repair shop.
*discussed a property on Nathan Street. The owner of an apartment complex next to the property wants to buy it to build more apartments, but no one knows who owns the property. Before turning the matter over to the city attorney, Director of Public Works Wayne Hendrix will determine if there is a water main on the property.
*approved increasing charges for keeping Tyronza prisoners at the Marked Tree jail from $25 to $40 to help cover food costs. Police Chief Chester Ford had asked for an increase to $30.
*accepted a $900 bid on a police car.
*approved transferring $27,228 back into the Capital Building Fund from the check the city received from Awesome Products reimbursing the city for building the rail spur to the Awesome facility.
*heard from Mayor Arnold about a new bulletin board next to the municipal building for yard sale posters.