Noel To Sell Re­cy­cling Cen­ter

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll McDon­ald County Press scar­[email protected]

The Noel City Coun­cil voted on Tues­day night to sell the for­mer re­cy­cling cen­ter’s prop­erty.

Mayor Lewis Davis said the in­for­ma­tion for the sale was placed in the news­pa­per and Ber­nice San­i­ta­tion made the only bid on the prop­erty and build­ing.

Coun­cil mem­bers voted to sell the prop­erty to Ber­nice San­i­ta­tion.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil agreed to give Huck­le­berry Res­cue $200 for tak­ing in stray dogs within the city lim­its. Huck­le­berry Res­cue vol­un­teers said they took in about 10 dogs in Noel. Coun­cil mem­bers agreed to pay $20 per dog, for a to­tal of $200, to the res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Coun­cil mem­bers also passed, on its first and sec­ond read­ing, an or­di­nance that changes the meet­ing time of the city coun­cil to 6:30 p.m. on the sec­ond Tues­day of each month. The coun­cil had been meet­ing at that time, rather than at 6 p.m., to see if a dif­fer­ent time would work for those who at­tend.

Dur­ing de­part­men­tal re­ports, Fire Chief Bran­don Bar­rett said the de­part­ment worked nine mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, eight EMS calls and one fa­tal­ity. A car went off into the river by Gin­ger Blue, he said. Re­spon­ders per­formed ex­tri­ca­tion un­der­wa­ter, he said.

Mar­shal Paul Gard­ner said his de­part­ment re­sponded to 239 calls for the month of Oc­to­ber, with sev­eral nui­sance tick­ets writ­ten. Thanks to a grant, two radar units and three por­ta­ble ra­dios have been or­dered, he said.

Next year, Gard­ner hopes to fix the Mar­shal’s Of­fice roof, which is leak­ing in places. He also hopes to have the de­part­ment’s Hum­mer re­paired by the time of the Christ­mas pa­rade, set for 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, Alder­woman Al­lie Peck ques­tioned how the city cur­rently han­dles its fi­nances. She said Noel is the only city that has a trea­surer. An­der­son, Pineville and South­west City all have city clerks who han­dle the fi­nances.

Davis said the city’s clerk is too busy with var­i­ous tasks to take on ad­di­tional work, such as the fi­nances.

Peck said the cur­rent trea­surer is the only one who ba­si­cally knows how to do the job. If the trea­surer re­tires or has some­thing un­for­tu­nate hap­pen, Peck wants the city to be in a place to re­bound quickly.

“I want to come up with a so­lu­tion so we’re not stuck in a hard place,” she said.

Davis said the trea­surer may have some­one come in and train in the next year or so.

The coun­cil agreed to ta­ble the is­sue.

Peck also pro­posed staff mem­bers uti­liz­ing time clocks. Davis said the idea would not work be­cause times vary too much for the staff mem­bers when they re­port for work. He added that em­ploy­ees are salaried and ex­empt from hav­ing to clock in and out. Al­der­man Wil­liam Rose said he be­lieved that the city should not be in a po­si­tion to track time of ex­empt em­ploy­ees.

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