Saturday June 6, 2020

Community Alerts!!!!!!




UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE CITY HALL IS NOW CLOSED TO PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC!


THE FRONT OFFICE WILL STILL BE MANNED BY CITY STAFF.  FOR ASSISTANCE YOU CAN CALL 870.422.7212 AND STEVE OR SANDY WILL TRY TO PROVIDE ANY HELP THAT YOU NEED.  AGAIN, DROP ANY PAYMENTS IN THE NIGHT DROP BOX IN THE FRONT DOOR TO CITY HALL.

 


DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS THE DIAMOND CITY COMMUNITY CENTER AND LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!!!!   ALL DOORS WILL REMAIN LOCKED.  THE POST OFFICE WILL REMAIN OPEN BUT CAN ONLY BE ENTERED THRU THE REAR DOOR AT THE EAST END OF THE BUILDING.


ALL SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND THE COUNCIL MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH. WE WILL ASSESS THE SITUATION AGAIN ON APRIL 1ST.


PLEASE, IF POSSIBLE, DROP YOUR WATER PAYMENT IN THE SECURE DROP BOX IN THE MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR TO THE WATER BILLING OFFICES AND WE WILL PROCESS THEM FROM THERE.  WE WILL EITHER EMAIL OR MAIL YOUR RECEIPT TO YOU. YOU CAN ALSO PAY YOUR BILL ONLINE BY GOING TO THE HOME PAGE ON THIS SITE AND CLICK ON THE PAY WATER BILL BUTTON ON THE TOP LEFT OF THE OME LAGE. YOU WILL NEED YOUR CREDIT/DEBIT CARD AND YOUR BILL TO COMPLETE THE PAYMENT.  


CITY HALL MAIN OFFICE WILL STILL BE MANNED FROM 7:30 AM TO 3:30 PM MONDAY THRU FRIDAY.  OUR PHONE NUMBER IS 870.422.7212 OR 870.422.7227.  OUR PUBLIC WORKS WILL ALSO REMAIN OPEN FOR REGULAR BUSINESS OURS.  THEY WILL HAVE VERY LIMITED CONTACT WITH RESIDENTS.  THEY CAN BE CONTACTED AT 870.416.9156.


PLEASE HAVE PATIENCE. THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILLBE VERY TRYING BUT I KNOW IF WE ALL WORK TOGETHER DIAMOND CITY WILL GET THRUTHIS CRISIS.

 

  

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WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADVISED THAT SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN LAID OFF FROM THEIR JOBS. TO HELP OUR RESIDENTS DURING THIS CRISIS, AS MAYOR, I HAVE SUSPENDED ANY LATE CHARGES ON WATER BILLS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALSO, CUTOFFS FOR NON-PAYMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED TO ENSURE OUR RESIDENTS HAVE THE WATER AND SEWER SERVICES THEY NEED.  IF THERE ARE OTHER WAYS AND MEANS THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP OUR RESIDENTS PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL CONSIDER YOUR SUGGESTIONS.


A personal message from the Mayor.


“Good morning Diamond City and Lead Hill citizens. Just a reminder that schools have been closed and the governments asking for everyone to stay in. We have closed the Community Center and our meetings have been canceled until the first of the month.  Then we will reevaluate. I’m asking all the citizens of Diamond City to please stay inside keep your kids inside for the next 14 days. Let’s do our part and not spread this virus. Even though you don’t have it there could be a carrier out there or you could be a carrier so let’s just think of others and stay inside. If you are in need of something please feel free to call City Hall and we will do our best to try to get it to you or find someone that can help you. Remember we all have to work together. Have a great day and remember it takes us all to stop this virus so please stay inside and keep your kids with you. Play a game, laugh, watch TV but most importantly be safe. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.”



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It has been some years since Diamond City has conducted a rate study so in the latter part of 2018 Diamond City partnered with Communities Unlimited to do a sewer and water rate study at no cost to the City. Michelle Viney, Community Environmental Management Specialists with Communities Unlimited was assigned to work with diamond City.  She and Jerry Kopke attended that last Council meeting in February where she presented the study to the Mayor, Council and the citizens.  If you click on the link below you will find the complete study completed by Communities Unlimited.  If you have questions please call Steve at City Hall at 870.422.7212 with any questions you may have.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RATE STUDY REPORT

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State Mandate Adding Flouride to Diamond City Drinking Water

As most of you know the City, along with several of the other cities who are members have been fighting the government's mandate that flouride be added to our drinking water.  Just recently a district judge ruled that the OMRPWA has to comply with the mandate.  There are two sets of minutes attached that are meetings of the OMRPWA Board of Directors.  You need to read these minutes if you are concerned with this mandate.


OMRPWA 2/21/2019 Regular Meeting

OMRPWA 3/4/19 Special Meeting

OMRPWA Important Information

OMRPWA 03/21/2019 Meeting Minutes

OMRPWA 04/18/2019 Meeting Minutes

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Now is the time to get out the Downstream meters and get ready for the spring and summer months. We will begin reading the meters during the reading cycle for April.  Your yearly rental of $30 will be on your May bill. If you would like to rent a Downstream meter please come by the water billing offices at City Hall and we can fix you up!

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For the past few months Diamond City has been required to respond to the Arkansas Department of Health concerning Diamond City not having a licensed water distribution person.  Our new Public Works Director Rodney Conn has attended all of the reqired training and is now waiting on being scheduled for the license testing.  The delay is in the scheduling.  There are many applicants who are on the list to take the test and he is being told that he just has to wait his turn to be scheduled for the test.  As sooon as he is scheduled he will take the test and will get his Level I water distribution license.  Until then the City has to respond to the violation from the state Department of Health. 

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870.422.7212
Saturday June 6, 2020