Lewallen asks council approval

Friday, June 21, 2013

Barbara Lewallen came before the Trumann City Council at their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening with intentions of moving forward with the Adult Education Building. Her request was that the council approves the building committee's choice of architect, which will officially begin the building project. The council approved the request for Jim Maddox Architect, Inc.

"He showed the most enthusiasm and interest of all that applied," Lewallen said. "His ideas are to come up with something functional and unique to Trumann, something that expresses our culture."

Bids were not taken for the project because all funds were donated for the Simms-Talbot Adult Education building. Lewallen added Maddox anticipates the design phase to be about two to four months. At that point, the city will begin taking construction bids on the project.

In other business, the council heard from alderman James Baker concerning sanitation and safety issues at the Trumann Sports Complex. Most of Baker's concerns included the bathrooms, which need better lighting, plumbing repairs, and better sanitation efforts. Baker also made mention of the concession stand building beginning to look unsightly.

His safety concerns involved exposed wiring, the wrong dirt on the fields, and better netting above the complex to catch fly balls.

"We have a lot of problems that is going to take a lot of money," Baker said. "We have nice facilities, and we need to keep it up."

Mayor Sheila Walters said they would begin looking at costs for the repairs.

In other business, the council approved a resolution to waive bidding and purchase a forty thousand dollar 2002 International Sanitation Truck from Jim Dedman. The truck will be used as a back-up truck for the regular sanitation truck when it requires maintenance or is unavailable. Walters added a mechanical inspection has been done on the truck.

The council also improved a request for an increase in amount for a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe for the police department. They had approved $25,000 in February, however it was without the necessary police equipment on the vehicle. The amount was increase to $29,000. The police department also requested to increase the amount for the purchase of a Ford F-150, with the same conditions as the Tahoe.

During the meeting, the council also:

*approved the transfer of a truck from Animal Control, operated by the police department, to the street department.

*approved a softball team going to the World Series to hold a Bucket Brigade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the red-light by Sonic.

*accepted an ordinance to renovate the Mayor's Office. The ordinance included replacing two air conditioners and the roof.

*approved the Trumann Fire Department to donate a set of Hurst Jaws of Life Extrication tools to the Central Fire Department. This was done in 2006, however the action failed to make it in the minutes.

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