Friday, February 29, 2008

February 29, 2008
11:15 AM

I talked with George yesterday about the project on Killough street. He has written me a letter about different options and the cost of each option. I sent all of the council members a copy of the letter and ask them to contact me with the option that they would support.

I look forward to their answers. I do not have a personal choice. There are some on the list that I think are over our budget.

I visited with Jerry this morning about his trip to Waco. He said that the trip and the training was time well spent for him and Randy. They understand our new sweeper and how to properly maintain the sweeper.

I visited with Greg yesterday and discussed the progress on the replacement bridge. He said that the project was on hold for a few days. He needs to discuss a small problem that has to be addressed before concrete is poured. He expects that a final decision will be made today. They will probably pour the concrete next week. I am sure that the citizens will be pleased when we complete the job and the street is open again for traffic.

I have not talked to Amy since Wed. She was doing fine on Wed. She is scheduled to be off for the next three days. I hope that she is able to be off and enjoy her time away from work.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

February 26, 2008
10:25 AM

The new cart system seems to be working well. We are still getting a few questions about the new system. We are also getting some positive comments about the new system. I still think that when we get a few small bugs worked out it will prove to be a very good change for the sanitation department.

Jerry and Randy are in Waco TX to attend training for our new sweeper. They will spend two days at the factory in training on our new machine. I think that this will be time well spent by our employees. They will have a better understanding of how to properly take care of and use the new sweeper.

The street crew has started working again on the bridge. When they complete their work the bridge should last for a very long period of time.

Tonight I will be attending a meeting of the Razorback Club. I look forward to hearing the new coach speak to the meeting tonight. I also look forward to the food from Corky's. I enjoy their food every time I have eaten in their stores or at a catered event.

Tomorrow I have to have a tooth filled and then go to North Little Rock to an Executive Committee meeting to the AML. I look forward to seeing many of my friends from around the state as well as take care of the business of the AML.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

February 20, 2008
11:20 AM

The city crews completed the distribution of carts for household garbage yesterday. They probably missed a few and they will take care of those as they occur.

Yesterday was also the first day after a holiday that the street department did not pick up trash. When we went to the new system all of the pickups will be handled by the sanitation department crew. Yesterday went rather smooth. They did not complete the total of the two wards yesterday, but they completed the normal tuesday run this morning before they began the normal wednesday route.

I have been pleased with the reception of the citizens with the change to the new system. We have had a few complaints, but a vast majority that have expressed an opinion have been very positive. The workers have also adjusted to the new system very well.

I think that this was a good move for the city and the citizens of Wynne. I am very pleased with the system that is now in place for the sanitation department.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

February 14, 2008
10:30 AM

Tuesday night the city council agreed to purchase a new street sweeper for the street department. The cost of the new sweeper was $103,500.00 with a trade of our old sweeper. This cost will be paid for over the next two years. We only budget $50,000.00 each year for capital outlay.

The city council also agreed to purchase three new police cars. We only budget money for one car for purchase of cars each year. We will borrow the money and pay for these cars over the next three years. This will mean that we will not purchase any more cars for the police dept. for the next three years.

The distribution of carts for garbage is going well. The crew should complete ward 4 today and start in ward 5 on friday. So far the use of the carts is working well with the citizens. They are following the instructions that we mailed out in the use of the carts. A wide majority of the citizens are putting them out on time and then removing them from the streets once the trash has been removed.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

February 7, 2008
2:35 PM

I have been filling in for Carol in the sanitation department today. She had to be out today. I have been answering the phone. I answered the phone from about 9:30 AM until about 1:40 PM.

99% of the calls were about the new cart system and the cost of the change. It was interesting to talk to the residents of the city. Most of the citizens were pleased with the change and did not mind the $1.20 increase to pay for the carts.

The street department continues to deliver the carts to the residents. They are now working in ward 2. It appears that it will take between two and three days to complete each ward.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

January 5, 2008
10:30 AM

Yesterday I helped Carol with the letters to the citizens about the new carts that the city will be using when the citizens receive them. The street department started yesterday to deliver the carts.

A group from the fire department helped with the letters yesterday. A group from the fire department are now placing stamps on the letters. They should go out today.

I went to the city shop to help with the stamps. When I arrived Lynn and Rusty were there to pick up the letters. They said that they had six people at the fire station and had a system to complete the process in a short period of time.

Today is the presidential primary in Arkansas. I voted about 7:30 this morning. I look forward to the results from Arkansas and the other 23 states that are holding elections today. There is a small chance that we will know who will be the represenatives of the parties after today.

Monday, February 4, 2008

February 4, 2008
10:00 AM

Pat and I spent the weekend with Amy in Memphis this weekend. It was good to spend time with her.

The main reason for the trip was for Pat to teach Amy how to use her sewing machine. That did not happen untill Sunday morning. The demonstration did not take very long and Amy is looking foward to doing some sewing.

Pat and I watched the super bowl last night. We were glad to see the giants win. Pat even got excited near the end of the game when the giants scored and took the lead. Oscar had been excited the whole weekend and last night we finally got him to calm down, but when the giants scored to go ahead Pat got excited and that caused Oscar to get excited.

The street department started delivering the carts for trash this morning. Using the carts will change the way trash is handled in the city. I think that the city and the citizens will enjoy this new system.