MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE OZARK CITY COUNCIL
MARCH 9, 2020
OZARK CITY COUNCIL MEETING ROOM
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE Ozark City Council was held on March 9, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ozark City Council Meeting Room in City Hall. Present were Mayor Roxie Hall, Deputy Clerk Marla Ward, City Clerk Susan Stevens, and Alderpersons Rex Anderson, Brandy Flanary, Susan Holman, Charlie Meeker, Randy Melton, and Aerial Nicely. Invocation was by Evan Salazar and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by members of Cub Scout Troop# 42.
Upon a roll call, a quorum was declared to exist for the meeting. Randy Melton moved for approval of the Minutes from the February meeting, seconded by Aerial Nicely, and upon a roll call vote all alderpersons voted aye and the minutes were approved.
Charlie Meeker moved to approve the financial report presented for February, seconded by Susan Holman, and on a roll call vote, all alderpersons voted aye and the financial report was approved.Aerial Nicely reported that The Parks and Recreation Committee have a meeting coming up on March 19th. Items to be discussed include scuba lessons, a designated night for pickleball, a Memorial Bench for Allan Geslin to be placed at the softball fields, softball field usage, rules for Community Center, and a recommendation for 10% discount for military at the Community Center. April 18th will be Clean- Up Day.
A& P (Susan Holman and Carol Sneath) reports that two applications have been received and interviews will be scheduled for position at Chamber of Commerce.
P & Z not present.
Jody Sampley presented report for the Street and Parks Department. All Christmas lights have been taken down. Dugouts, concession stand and restrooms at the High School baseball fields have been painted. A problem with the lights is being researched for solution.
Department still looking for a mini-track- hoe.
Randy Melton discussed a covered walking trail at the Community Center, he is gathering information through Nabholz Construction. Approximate cost of$ 33,000. He is looking into non-profit grants.
Cecil Zolliecoffer installed a sink in the employee breakroom. The foyer at City Hall is to be re- tiled, and the drainage problem outside re-routed to go underground to prevent overflow. There is also work to be done on the HVAC in the City Clerk’ s office. Nabholz is to reimburse
costs of these repairs.
Chief Devin Bramlett gave a report for the Ozark Police Department. There were 66 arrests, 129 reports, and 29 accidents. February was Amnesty month. The new jail will be opening tomorrow, March 101H
Leroy Campbell gave a report for the Water Department.
Chief Nick Trotter presented a report of the Ozark Fire Department. There were 66 calls, 43 medical, 10 NVA, 5 fires, 2 false alarms, 4 code enforcement (burning without a permit), and 2 “other” rescues. The buzzard problem has been solved. The new tanker truck will be here in June or July. Susan Holman asked how a tanker truck is utilized. Trotter responded, stating that it is used on interstate fires, train derailments, and fuel spills etc. It is a “vacuum” truck with a 4000 gallon capacity and takes only 1 person to operate versus 6 people. Mayor Hall stated that having one will lower our ISO rating of 4 to possibly a 3 which helps to draw new businesses. Chief Trotter also recently attended the Arkansas Fire Academy Instructor Class and is now a certified instructor. Jason Russell is currently testing hoses for the yearly inspection.
- Streetlights on Hillbilly Lane. Mayor Hall would like the lights to be installed before the sidewalk goes in. Discussion possible next month
- Mayor Hall and Alderperson Rex Anderson attended the Arkansas Municipal League Conference in February and took in several informative workshops.
- Downtown City Shop. It is currently being used for city storage. We have been approached by a possible buyer. Mayor Hall and Alderperson Rex Anderson are to obtain 2-3 realtor opinions and a Fair Marker Analysis. Money from the possible sale is suggested to be used to move the Street Department. Jody Sampley stated that the current location is becoming a safety issue because of its proximity to the soccer fields and the skate park. The building could be used to house a concession stand and restrooms as well as housing smaller maintenance equipment such as lawnmowers.
Public Input: None
Spring Clean: City Wide April 6-10
Clean Up Day April 18th
Run for the Fallen April 20th
There being no further business to come before the council, a motion to adjourn was made by Susan Holman and seconded by Rex Anderson. All Alderpersons voted aye on a roll call vote and the meeting was adjourned.
Passed and Approved this day of May 11, 2020
M or Roxie Hall
City Clerk Susan Stevens