Crenshaw board hears about lagoon crisis

Published 4:15 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019

By Myra Bean

The Crenshaw Board of Aldermen met Monday, April 8. President Alberta Bradley presided as Mayor Oscar Barlow was hospitalized at the time.

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Sammy Armstrong, maintenance director, described the lagoon situation as serious.

“The lagoon is corroding really bad. It is seeping through the levee and coming over the banks,” Armstrong said. The engineering firm is writing a grant for a major overhaul.

They are having to keep the overflow pipe open now. The water is going directly into the creek to keep the pressure off the levee. “There is more water now than the treatment plant can carry,” he said.

Armstrong said they need another pump. There is an extra pump there but he does not know if it is working. “It needs to be put in quick,” he said.

The board heard from a representative of a resident who had her water turned off. Since December the water bill has steadily increased until it got close to $600. She was given a $318 credit and still owes $320 before it is turned back on.

A plumber was trying to look for a leak but the water was turned off and he could not test for one. The board agreed to let the water be turned on one day for a few hours for him to test for a leak, and then turned back off until she pays up the bill.

The board heard from a citizen complaining of noise from cars and loud music being played not far from her home. She cited many seniors live near her and they cannot handle that music between 5 p.m. and midnight.

The police chief asked for a computer for the court clerk because she comes into work after the city clerk has left and has no where to work. He had a price of $1,054 for a system from Complete Computers and it was approved.

The police are receiving complaints of tractors coming through town causing damages. They board asked the chief to look at alternate routes for the tractors to take to get from one field to the other using state highways instead of city streets.

In other business, Lygunnah Bean, financial officer, reported revenues and expenditures for the city. He said half of the taxes are in.

Greg Coleman asked for permission to remove a building from one location to the Maggie Bell lot at 712 Goodwin, Crenshaw. He is going to remodel.

He was told he has to have a permit and survey showing the elevation. He was told it was $150 to hook up the water and sewer. The board also needs to see the plans.

In the fire report, seven have completed the EMR courses, one is ready to graduate from the academy and they are ready to vote three more as firemen. He needs two oxygen bottles filled and was told to take them to Nexair in Batesville.

Crenshaw meets the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. The next meeting is May 13.