From staff reports
The Louisville Board of Aldermen approved several business items with an eye toward completing the renovation on the city owned building that will house Natron.
The board accepted four bids for renovation projects at the facility. Mayor Will Hill noted that with federal and state grants along with Natron’s committed funds that over $2 million will soon be spent on the facility which will move Natron closer to beginning production at the facility.
In other business, the aldermen:
• Approved the Mayor to sign multimodal grant request for $37,718.06 and upon receipt of grant funds, make payments to H. E. Mosley Inc. for $35,140.50 and to Kemp Associates LLC $2,958.55 for the Runway Slope Stabilization project.
• Accepted low quote from Ingram Equipment Co. LLC for $17.906 for 274 of the 95 galloon roll out carts for solid waste collection.
• Accepted bid of $ 1,177 from D Company of Petal, MS for surplus vehicle 1995 GMC Yukon.
• Accepted bid of $1,105 from Issac Parker for surplus vehicle 1996 Ford Explorer.
• Approved administrative budget transfers of: $24,850 from General Fund to Library Fund as budgeted, transfer $79,000 from Cemetery Fund to General Fund, Transfer $100,000 from Landfill Fund to General Fund, and Transfer $42,500 from Solid Waste Fund to General Fund
• Approved request for two police officers to attend Criminal Patrol Drug Intervention Training at Pearl on September 30 –October 1, 2013, $20 per night at MLEOTA, plus meals for two days.
• Approved a police officer to attend MS STARS Conference in Olive Branch on September 24-26, lodging $85 per night, plus meals
• Approved two part time employee positions, “as needed” employees at for Parks and Recreation Department
• Approved increase in the contract price of digging a grave in Memorial Park. The increase in the contract for the grace digger now equals the price the city is charging funeral homes. “We will no longer gain the $50 of revenue on the grave digging,” said Jody Fulton.
• Approved proclamation recognizing B.J. Kelleghan for her service on historic preservation board and invitation to neighborhood meeting on Sept. 19.
• Approved applying for a USDA grant to purchase equipment needs for city. If awarded the USDA may provide up to 35 percent match.
• Discussed the new 911 board and the first unofficial meeting. Alderwoman Judy McLeod noted the meeting started the conversation of county and city needs and all agreed to work through any issues on a professional level.
• Discussed that the fire department with the Mayor’s oversight is being led by the three shift leaders and that all duties, training and operations are running as normal.
• Discussed deputy city clerk position that received 77 applications with the Mayor and city clerk hoping to contact interviews soon.
The next regular board meeting is set for Oct. 1.