Awards given during Trumann City Council meeting
Trumann Mayor Sheila Walters, Police Chief Chad Henson, and Fire Chief Rick Winkles presented Life Saving Awards to four men during Tuesday night's city council meeting to recognize their heroic efforts during the house fire on Jan. 27. They presented the awards to Officer Jonathan Skaggs of the Trumann Police Department, Lieutenant Tony Blackwood, Lieutenant Revis Kemper, and Assistant Chief Earnie Link, all of the Trumann Fire Department.
"We want to recognize an officer and three firefighters and tell them how proud we are of them," Mayor Walters said, "because their life is on the line. It's not just a job, it's a sacrifice. I want to say I'm proud of them."
Lt. Blackwood, Lt. Kemper, and Asst. Chief Link were also recipients of the Arkansas State Fire Association's Firefighter of the Year awards.
During committee reports, Mayor Walters said there is an open position on the Planning and Zoning Committee and that any citizen interested in serving the community is encouraged to submit an appilication to the mayor's office before July 20.
The council unanimously passed two resolutions. The first resolution approved was to waive competitive bidding for a new 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe to be used as a K-9 vehicle. The Tahoe will replace a 2003 Crown Victoria and will be for the old drug dog. Chief Henson said Tahoes get better gas mileage and require less maintenance than Crown Victorias and Chargers and that if it works out, he hopes to get another for the new drug dog in the next few years.
The vehicle costs $25,258.
The other resolution approved was to amend resolution 877 to condemn property at 540 Edgerton Street. The new resolution rescinds resolution 877 because the owner, Mr. Thompson, has made improvements to the property and is bringing it up to city codes. If the property becomes dilapidated, unsightly, unsafe, unsanitary, obnoxious, or otherwise detrimental to public welfare in the future, then resolution 877 will be back in force.
The council heard an update regarding another property, the Dickerson house, which Alderman Kevin Baxter brought up at last month's meeting. Code Enforcement Officer Gary Anderson said he sent a notice to the owner, inspected the property, and showed photos to council members. He recommended holding off on a resolution of condemnation as the Dickersons are working on tearing down the house and cleaning the up the property. He said he would continue to monitor the situation.
Mayor Walters told the council she had met with other mayors in the county and the county judge regarding potential contracts with Justice Network, which supplies classes for people on probation. The council will review the information packets they were given and will make a decision at next month's meeting. Currently, the city only has a verbal agreement with Justice Network.
The council approved allowing the Trumann and Bay Allstars to raise money at the intersection of Highway 463 and Highway 69 near Sonic for the purpose of going to a regional tournament in Mississippi.
The council also discussed whether or not to have a fireworks day since the Fourth of July fell during a burn ban this year. The council decided against holding a fireworks day to make up for July 4th.