Trumann council talks street cleanup

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Trumann City Council discussed the appearance of the city's streets at its November meeting.

The discussion began with alderman Bonnie Winkles addressing the issue of children walking in the streets. Winkles said that a large portion of the issue is contributed to the children playing basketball in the street. After other council members presented the same problem, Winkles asked Police Chief Chad Henson about the situation.

"It is illegal to have a goal facing the street," said Henson. "I will look more into the matter."

Henson said that the issue of the kids walking in the street sounded like it was mostly attributed to a lack of respect.

"We could put them in jail 10 times and it would not change their mentality," said Henson. "We need to come up with a different philosophy for the problem."

The council also addressed the condemned houses of the city. City Attorney Jimmy Gazaway said that it is important to follow the proper procedures when dealing with the houses. The council made no motion on the issue.

After deciding to discuss the condemned houses at next month's meeting, the council moved on to the topic of garbage. Many council members had been confronted on the new rates of trash pickup.

"What we are trying to figure out is how to lower the garbage rates for the citizens," said alderman Rick Atkins.

Mayor Walters pointed out that the job is getting done. She said that the city may be spending too much, but they haven't had it long enough to determine how much is needed.

"Trash is killing us," said the Mayor. "The cost of time and transportation to West Memphis is where most of the money is going."

In other business, the council:

* accepted a motion for employee bonuses for Christmas.

* recieved an overview of the 2013 budget to possibly be passed in the December meeting.

* scheduled a budget meeting for Dec. 4.

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