Rector Council Discuss Repaving, Rescue Task Force at Meeting

Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Rector Fire Department recently purchased this five ton military truck, which will be fitted with a tanker to be used in battling fire.(courtesy photo)

The Rector City Council discussed repaving the public library parking lot, moving the Sheriff's Rescue Task Force to Rector and the purchase of a new truck by the fire department Monday night at the council's monthly meeting.

Paving of the Rector Public Library has been an issue of interest over the last few months along with a new pad to place a bronze sculpture of two children reading, which has been donated to the library. Last month the council asked city superintendent Todd Watson to check prices with Delta Asphalt of Arkansas as a possible company to do the work, but Watson told the council the company quoted costs of roughly $40,000 to overlay the parking lot.

"After all the patching we've done on the lot I think we really need to totally remove it and start over," Watson said. He cited drainage issues as the reason for redoing the entire lot. He is looking into other quotes at this time.

The Clay County Sheriff's Rescue Task Force leader Jeff Wolfenbarger approached the council to ask for their consideration in leasing the motor pool building behind the armory to house the task force. The task force is currently housed at Piggott in the old county road shop, but Wolfenbarger said he believed Rector would be a better home for their supplies as most of the 16 members are from the area.

"It would greatly improve response time in situations where time is of the essence," Wolfenbarger said. The council said they would consider the request.

Fire chief Huston Bowden presented the newest addition to the Rector Fire Department, a five-ton military truck purchased from the federal surplus in Little Rock for the amount of $4,700. He said the truck will be outfitted as a tanker, which will give the city the availability to carry a larger amount of water to fires.

Horner and Shifrin engineering firm representative Shannon Todd presented council members with a short term agreement to be approved for the water tower project, but mayor Teresa Roofe tabled approval until the council could go over the terms. The agreement includes bidding, contract administration, hourly wages and expectations. Todd told the council the project would not begin during this year's warm season, because the process started too late this spring. However, he will immediately be looking into funding possibilities to help with cost.

Watson informed the council the merry-go-round at Rector Memorial Park has broken and been removed. The council members are looking into avenues to either refurbish the old one or buy a new piece of equipment. Watson said a new one costs approximately $8,000.

Mike Dowdy resigned from the zoning commission and Farrin Young was added. The zoning commission consists of Young, Phillip Gipson, Jerry Horton, Carol Hamm and Bill Sanders.

Department Reports

* The water department reported $257.03 profit in April, nine new connections, seven disconnects, four meter replacements and nine repairs.

* Code enforcement reported three dogs picked up, 43 yard letters, three replaced street signs and five street repairs.

* The community center reported a $325,000 donation from Melvin Crockett's estate.

* The fire department reported 15 calls in April -- eight in the city and seven in the county, and 10 first responder calls.

* The police department reported $702 in vehicle repairs, 44 court docket items, three dog citations and $4,325 in court collections.

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