GILBERT — A number of topics were up for discussion during Monday evening’s meeting of the Gilbert Town Council.
Mark Whitt, 4-H Director, and Allison Cline, spoke to the council, expressing interest in renting a room within Town Hall to be used for meetings and classes.
After a brief discussion of basics, Mayor Vivian Livingood offered a room that the boy scouts had once used, as well as seats and desks.
“I would love to have you here,” Livingood said.
Cline said that 4-H would ideally meet once in September and October, and then twice a month after that. Unsure of the meeting times, it was tentatively set for 6 p.m.
“You’ll have a key to the front and to your room. We know you and we know where to find you,” Livingood said, laughing. The mayor went through basic ground rules with 4-H, such as no signage upon walls and no kids roaming freely throughout the halls.
“We will take care of your facility,” Whitt said to the council. He then thanked each member individually and told them about 4-H’s recent outings, such as spring break at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center.
The council was also invited to attend the 4-H meetings.
“Come sing and dance and do activities with us,” Cline said.
The motion to allow 4-H a room was passed unanimously.
The council agreed to renew the town’s $150 ad at Mingo Central High School to support the school’s athletic program. Livingood also said that the town was now going to purchase the land that the Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department was built on. The total value was not revealed. The council also officially adopted the county’s floodplain ordnance as required by FEMA after having the second reading.
Next on the agenda was the topic of 911 addresses within the town.
“I want a 911 address!” Livingood said, introducing the topic. She asked the town’s attorney, Glen Rutledge, to look into that. Many people in the audience spoke amongst themselves regarding the town’s lack of physical addresses, with Chief of Police Mike Rasmussen making the most striking statement of all.
“We’re typically dispatched out to the white double-wide on the side of the hill,” he said.
The Daily News plans to do a full story regarding the lack of physical addresses in the future.
Lastly, the council was told by Livingood that there was a slight mistake in the town’s ongoing sidewalk project. The work crew mistakenly formed a piece of the sidewalk which, according to Livingood, was meant to be an addendum and created after the main work was completed. Livingood said that the company offered to pour the concrete in the 175-foot area for $8,000. The mayor said she spoke to the project manager if that was a good price, and she was told that it was.
However, no action was taken regarding the sidewalk at the meeting.
The Gilbert Town Council meets the second Monday of each month at Gilbert Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10, and is open to the public.