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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

by Kolton Hewlett

The Leon City Council met for their regular meeting on Thursday, July 10, at 7:00pm in the council chambers. It was reported that in the month of June, 10% of the water revenue, totaling at $4,317.68 was transferred into the water reserve fund, and 30% of the sewer revenue, a total of $12,265.12 was transferred into the sewer reserve fund.

Street Superintendent Doyle South reported that they are finishing up working on patching up cement, and trying to catch up with mowing abatements. Water/Wastewater Superintendent Junior Jennings reported that the City has been working on getting the bathrooms at Harvey Park completely fixed for the Thursday in the Park events. They are now in working order, but there is still a few more things that need done. He also reported that they are continuing to work with the new owners of Valley View apartments on their water meters.

Councilmember Sharon South reported that the Community Visioning is hosting an event on August 5th at the Methodist Church in Leon. They will be offering a bus tour around town to view areas that people would like to see improved.

Maggie Lindsey with the Leon Park and Recreation Board was present to discuss the possibility of a wage increase for lifeguards at the pool. The council explained that the budget for fiscal year 2015 was already decided, but encouraged the Park and Rec board to come back in January for fiscal year 2016 budget discussions.

Decatur County Sheriff Bert Muir was present to express his support for the need for more than two officers on the Leon Police department. There was also discussion about the 28E Agreement, which is a mutual aid agreement between the county and the city, allowing one jurisdiction to assist the other.

At the last council meeting it was agreed to temporarily utilize reserve officers on the police department. The council approved to pay certified reserve officers a rate of $12 per hour from this point forward until the position is filled. It was also decided to re-word the ad in the paper for the open position to include that un-certified applicants would be considered, with priority going towards applicants that are ILEA certified.

It was approved for the city to seek bids to sandblast, re-caulk, and paint the pool. They are planning to have all bids in by August 31, and hope to complete the project this fall.

City Hall is still working on finishing up job descriptions. Department heads will be going over job descriptions with each city employee once they are completed.

Councilmember Sue Kelly gave a rough draft copy of the city administrator job description and ordinance to review. A copy has also been sent on the city attorney for review.