The City Council of Joaquin met for their regular session on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Joaquin City Hall. Present was Mayor Mike Wood, as well as his fellow chairmen Bill Baker, Lee Vern Stotts Gilliam, and Pat Gray. The meeting began at 6 p.m. The first issue on the agenda was the decision to either rehabilitate the current well near the fire station or drill a new well.
“It is flowing about 160 gallons per minute,” stated Mayor Mike Wood.
Rehabilitation will include new wiring and repairs to the well pump. All chairmen were in favor of rehabilitating the current well until the budget allows for the drilling of a new well and a motion was carried by the council regarding the rehabilitation. Extension of the water line from County
Road 3605 to the Glaze property, where there is currently no city water available and residents are depending solely on wells that may have gone dry, was discussed.
“They just don’t have any water down there is the problem,” Mayor Wood pointed out.
A motion was carried in favor of the extension of the line from the old hatcher y to accommodate the residents of County Road 3605.
“We’ll be helping some families out,” said Mayor Wood.
Fire chief, Perry Pugh, gave an update on the current manganese problem with the city water, stating that the city of Joaquin has added chemicals to their water that has eliminated the manganese in the water, and the water is being checked daily.
“They’re checking [for] manganese in Logansport and Joaquin ever y day,” confirmed Perry Pugh. Regarding the re-placement of the car- pet in the community center living room area and entrance hallway, all members were in favor and a motion was carried to remove the carpet and have new flooring installed. The council will begin taking bids on the job.
Representatives were present from Lilly Sanitation as the chairmen voted to obtain a dumpster with weekly trash pick-up for the community house, city park, and City Hall. All chairmen were in favor of the dumpster being placed outside the City Hall and the council agreed on having chains and locks put in place on the dumpster to restrict the public from disposing of personal trash there. There was a motion carried into action for the dumpster to be de- livered Thursday, Aug. 22.
During the open forum portion of the meeting, Frank Davis, owner of the car wash near Brookshire Brothers, brought an issue before the council. Davis has had problems over the last year regarding the waste- water lines for his car wash and those of the trailer park next to his car wash causing raw sewage to flow over his property and into Brookshire Brothers’ parking lot and the in- operation of his water pumps.
Davis asked that the council solve the issues promptly so that he can reopen his business and get it back into full working order.
“I’ve got to do some- thing somewhere. I’ve got to be able to get back on city sewer, like I had, and put the business back in operation,” said Davis. “I’m just coming to the city council because I need some help. There’s no sense in that business sitting down there making no revenue.”
The council acknowledged the issues and asked for a little time to investigate the problem and develop a solution.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 p.m.