Helena-West Helena’s City Council met Tuesday to discuss matters of a grant to purchase new fire department equipment, outline issues of flooding in the McDonough Street area of the city, and address some financial investments that may have been overlooked
Helena-West Helena’s City Council met Tuesday to discuss matters of a grant to purchase new fire department equipment, outline issues of flooding in the McDonough Street area of the city, and address some financial investments that may have been overlooked.
The matter of buying new gear for the fire department was brought before Mayor James Valley and the council. They obligated a grant of $40,000 to replace the old gear that has been used about 4 years now. Fire equipment usually can withstand about 3 years of wear and tear. The council agreed that such purchases have only been made about every five years. The council agreed that $25,000 would be appropriated to pay for the equipment.
Leroy Williams, a long time tax-paying McDonough St. resident discussed a flooding issue that is occurring on his property. Williams claimed to have reported this matter to the council only to find that his problem had been postponed for over three years.
Councilman Bruce Hudson and the other councilmen observed images of the property that were passed around the table as Williams presented his case.
William’s exclaimed, “My problem exists only in my front yard, when it rains. I continue to deal with the water and the mud that has become my yard.”
He explained that the water and running debris, builds with each rainfall, creating a nuisance that finds its way to his front door.
The council proposed that the property be appraised in a professional manner, and that they be advised of a possible a solution.
Hudson asked Williams to meet again with the council on Oct. 26 to further review the problem.
Loistine Burrell asked the council to approve the necessary funds to fix an existing construction project on West Russell.
“The whole project needs to be completed,” said a very determined Burrell.
The project has been started but Hudson noted the lack of progress, possibly due, he said, to the coming Nov. 2 general election.
The project consists of the replacement of old piping with new culvert piping, possibly all the way around the property.
Burrell requested that the ditch digging continue and stated that, “This property, your property, needs to be completed.”
Hudson agreed and stated that something will be done.
“We’ll do our best,” said Hudson.
The issues concerning expenditures were discussed. Mayor Valley was asked to submit all project costs, project bids, and estimated project deadlines.
Hudson made a motion that all projects currently underway that have not been brought before the council be halted “immediately until further notice.”