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Council amends natural gas ordinance

The Clinton City Council amended its ordinance concerning natural gas operations in the city limits last week.

The council unanimously passed an ordinance that requires companies to use a certain type of compressor and use soundproofing around the compressors. The move was in response to complaints from neighbors near a compressor in Pee Dee on Highway 16 East.

The council also passed an ordinance setting a $25 fee to use the city’s park. The fee would be waived for non-profit groups.

The councilors heard a request from Jackie Sikes to install speed bumps around the school. Sikes’ granddaughter was struck by a car in December while crossing Yellow Jacket Lane. The girl was not seriously injured. Sikes said she had researched the cost of speed bumps and found the cost to be as little as $40 per bump. She said there is also a type that can be removed when it isn’t needed. Mayor Roger Rorie directed the street committee — Johnny Moore and Nina Bonds Baker — to look into the matter. Baker was not at the meeting.

The mayor told the council that Schneider Electric, which is working on a plan to improve the city’s troubled water department, should be ready to meet with the council in late February. He said rumors have spread that the Actiflo clarifying system Schneider is recommending will not take care of the system’s turbidity problem. That, Rorie said, is not the case.

The city has received a $1.4 million grant to help with the new clarifiers and Rorie said the city is now looking for state help, though he said he was not optimistic.

“We need to fix our water system,” he said, “and it’s mandated that we do.”

In February 2012, the Arkansas Department of Health gave the department two years to address problems.

Rorie told the councilors that if some improvements were not under way by the time the deadline hits and the system’s turbidity rises causing a boil order, the “fines will start.”

The City Council meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Municipal Airport. The meetings are open to the public.

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