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City Council stands by offer, refinances bond

The Clinton City Council held a special meeting last week with a few items on the agenda.

The council decided to make no changes in its offer of $10,357 to settle a bill with Mountain Pure water. In April 2011 the bottled water company delivered several pallets of water to the county when the filters at the water treatment plant failed because of heavy sediment.

Seventeen pallets of that water were recalled after the Arkansas Department of Health said the water was contaminated.

Mountain Pure head John Stacks has appeared before the City Council twice this year in an attempt to collect $25,165 he says the city owes.

At its special meeting Thursday, the council, without comment, decided the $10,357 offer would stand.

In other business, Clinton Recorder/Treasurer Wendy Henderson said Tuesday there has been no response from JBS to letters from the city outlining code violations found recently at its closed Pilgrim’s Pride plant. Fire Chief D.L. Webb and Zoning official Dwight Wilson were told to take the next step necessary, which could include calling in the state fire marshal or putting security tape around the facility to deny access to all.

Also at the meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve the issuance and sale of water and sewer refunding revenue bonds. The ordinance would provide for the payment of the principal of and interest on the bonds. The city will pay off the 2008 bond on Oct. 31 and Stephens Inc. will buy the new bond. Trustee for the old bond was Simmons First; trustee for the new bond will be Farmers and Merchants Bank in Stuttgart.

Refinancing the bond will save the city $160,000, the council was told.

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