Town Meeting Minutes

July 13, 2010 - 7:00 PM

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Present: Mayor Thomas O’Dell, Recorder-Treasurer Diane Bowen
ALD: Herb Hawkins, Kathy Hansen, Dennis Pinkley, Darlene Gregory,
Kathleen Shields
Guests: Larry Slingsby, Jeanne Varnell

Mayor O’Dell called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and declared a quorum was present.

The minutes of June 8 were accepted, as presented, by acclamation.

June 2010 financial report was reviewed. Report was accepted by acclamation.

Avoca Fire & Rescue – Bowen presented Fire Chief Elliott’s report dated July 13. Emergency Shelter – still working with Red Cross - fire department and Town need to get together and set policy; Camera, funded with grant, will be ordered in the near future; ISO survey – on July 9 the department was ‘unofficially’ told their class would drop from a class 9 to a class 6!; Jeremy Metcalf now holds the position of Deputy Fire Chief.

VAS – NEBCO – Fire Chief Elliott reported NEBCO EMS is now an Advanced Life support ambulance.


Larry Slingsby, zoning official, reported two (2) building permits have been issued in the past month. He also wanted to confirm with the Council, that if someone questions a decision he makes, they can go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment. This is correct. Larry also had a question concerning portable, pre-made sheds, etc. and whether they need building permits.

The planning commission met June 29. They are currently reviewing sub-division regulations. Next meeting will be in September.

Committee Reports:

Fall Clean-Up will be October 23.


Mayor O’Dell reported the flow devices in the north ditch line on BC 74/Woods Lodge Road are being observed and he still needs to look at the south ditch line.

Mayor O’Dell to contact Benton County road department to see when they will install the concrete whistle and do other necessary work on BC 74/Woods Lodge Road.

No report on looking into a sand/salt spreader.

Williams Tree and Lawn Service, Inc. will be removing tree that fell across Benton County 74. Estimated cost - $700

Street and traffic lights – all in working order

4. Park

  • A. Veteran’s memorial – Mayor O’Dell reported the material and labor for the tile/marble work will run approximately $2000 and should be completed around the end of July. The fencing will be powder coated and will cost about $300. VFW Post 3031 will do the color guard and American Legion will be asked to do the honor guard. Bowen reported donations to date - $2,686 expenses - $6,459. Invites to the dedication to include John Boozman, Cecile Bledsoe, Duncan Baird, Donna Hutchinson, Keith Ferguson, Marge Wolf, Tawnya Lewis and Dick Trammel. ‘Save the date’ to be sent followed by invitations. Press release to be made announcing event.
  • B. No work has been done on the ditch line on the south end of the park.
  • C. Rubber mulch has been installed. Cost - $6,377
  • D. Sand to be ordered for sandbox.
  • E. Bowen to order ‘No Parking on Grass’ signs. Volleyball players are driving across the sidewalk and parking by the court.

5. Town web site – Bowen to have contact information for the planning commission added to website.

6. Farmer’s Market – It was reported the market had a few busy Saturdays.


Business Permits

Kathy Lovestad was issued a business permit to sell fireworks across from the US Post Office.

Joe Luper will not be renting from McClelland & Sons, therefore will not be applying for a business permit.

Steven Skinkis, S & S Auto Repair & Recovery, has been issued a business permit for his business at 102 W. Rose.

Building permits

Edwin Wells, Good Wood, was issued a building permit at 802 S. Hwy 62.
Katie Argueta was issued a building permit at 332 Hobbs Road.

Unfinished Business:

1. Municipal court and police department – no report

2. Unsightly conditions –

A. McClelland & Sons, Inc. – Bowen to talk with McClelland & Sons concerning their unsightly issue and if no action is taken, attorney to be contacted.

B. Vacant trailer off Russell Road – no action taken

3. Bowen reported she will be ordering the stenciling for “In God We Trust”.

New Business:

Bowen to still compile information she has gathered concerning business licenses/pemits, for Council’s review.

Bowen reported she will be attending a meeting on July 20th to gather information on the Reverse 9-1-1 system the County is about to finalize.

The Town received a statement from the Election Commission/Benton County in the amount of $2014 for the reimbursable election costs for the fire department issue placed on the May 18 primary ballot. Mayor O’Dell will attend the Quorum Court’s July 22 meeting to ask about the charges, some which seem excessive.

Bowen reported the State has picked up her books and is in the process of doing the Town’s 2009 audit/AUP

Municipal candidates’ information and filing forms were distributed. Filing begins August 4 and ends noon, August 24. Information will be place on website and forms available at Town Hall.

Beaver Warehouse is installing a billboard, which is right outside the Avoca town limits.

Ald. Hansen, seconded by Ald. Pinkley, moved the meeting be adjourned at 8:50 PM. All approved. Motion carried.

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