Aldermen approve taking of bids on bonds

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Board of Aldermen took one more step to borrowing funds to repair local streets. The board approved an official approved a preliminary official statement for sale of general obligation bonds in the amount of $2 million for street repairs in the community. The approved resolution allows the board to advertise the sale of the bonds twice and take up bids at the second meeting in May. The sealed bids will be taken up to May 15 at 4 p.m. “Where the rates are right now, we can seriously consider this,” said Mayor Will Hill. Hill added the plan was for 12-year bonds and could payback within the budget and without a millage increase. “Debt free right now (in the city) and that is good but the streets need work,” said Alderwoman Judy McLeod. “We are preparing for the future.” Beth Edwards of the Winston County Library reviewed National Library week with the aldermen and updated on the library’s usage in the community. “You provide funds to the library so want to keep you informed,” said Edwards. According to Edwards, the library averages recently about 7300 visitors a month which is an increase over last year. She explained that visitors were up and computer usage had been up until the last two months when computer issues had caused a slight drop in usage. Edwards added that teenage usage had increases since the library had added a splash teen room. According to Edwards, young adult circulation had grown from 95 books a month to over 300 books a month. “They are coming in and using the teen room,” said Edwards. Edwards then highlighted the events of National Library week such as the cyberbullying program. “It was a very eye opening program,” said Edwards and added she hoped to schedule another similar program in the fall. Edwards also highlighted the upcoming Fancy Nancy Tea Party, Friends of the library book sale and upcoming Summer reading program with a teen event for the third year. In other business, the aldermen: • Approved minutes • Recognized boy scouts in attendance • Approved Woody Sample to apply for Community Block Development Grants for the city. • Held hearings on unclean properties in the community. The board set May 15 as the date for several properties to be cleaned or repaired since not in compliance with city ordinances. One other hearing was delayed to the first meeting in May. • Tabled an appointment to the city’s seat on the airport board. • Approved Court Clerks attendance in June. • Approved transfer of Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds to the Louisville Water System. • Approved a $5,600 repair to Fire engine 2 after it failed a pump test. • Approved 2 summer workers for Parks and recreation. • Held an executive session for an accounts payable and bookkeeper position in the city. • Accepted low bid for Polo Custom products roof repair in the amount $36,681. • Approved resolution to participate on federal and state equipment program with Homeland Security so that can receive federal equipment in the future. • Discussed the two redistricting plans and the possibility of a third plan. • Discussed Jakes cleanp and moving of business. • Discussed positive sales tax report. “Cumulative total is looking good,” said Mayor Hill. • Discussed an awards lunch for American Heritage award that a Louisville business is nominated and discussed attendance at Chamber event featuring new Choctaw Tribal Chief Anderson on April 27. The next regular Louisville Aldermen meeting is set for May 1.