Trumann council talks beautification

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Once again, the main topic of the Trumann City Council monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, was the unsightly houses in the town. Five different houses around Trumann were discussed at the meeting, with resolutions passed to condemn two of the five.

"Every town has this same problem," Trumann Mayor Sheila Walters said. Walters has previously said that the biggest problem with condemning houses is the financially. If the house does not meet the required specifications after being condemned and it becomes the citys property, it can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000 to remove a small to medium size house.

In order to help offset some of the cost, Walters brought forth a resolution before the council authorizing her to apply for the General Improvement Fund Grant for City Beautification. If the city is approved for the grant, Trumann will get $40,000 for its beautification.

The two houses that were approved by the council to condemn were located at 513 Douglas and 517 Douglas. Code Enforcement Officer Gary Anderson said the houses are not unsightly, but they are under unlivable conditions. The owner of the houses was approved a request for a 90-day extension in order to have the houses removed, before they become the citys problem.

Anderson also brought forth the houses located at 204 Oakland, 205 Oakland and 405 Harrison. He said these houses have been served a notice stating that they are at risk for condemnation if not brought up to code. He believes the owners of these houses are in the process of doing so.

With the shared goal with the council to keep the city a more appealing place to live, Trumann resident Shannon Cook brought forth an issue pertaining to a noise ordinance that had been passed in previous years. According to Cook, the ordinance needs consideration to be updated.

"The problem is with mobile offenders," Cook said.

He has had problems in the past with motor vehicles causing loud noises with music and engine revving. The ordinance states that an offender will first receive a citation, then a $10 fine. Mayor Walters said they will look into updating the ordinance to have higher fines for the offense.

In other business, the council:

*approved an ordinance to rezone the Sims/Talbot Adult Education Building from a Industrial-1 project to a Commercial-2 project, per a request by the engineers of the building. The building will be used to offer workforce training and adult education, and serve as a great asset to the community.

*approved an ordinance for the Trumann Fire Department to have a Fire Marshall.

*accepted a resolution detailing the Clerk/Treasurer duties for the city.

*accepted a resolution to grant a 10 foot easement for a Highway Island to be placed at 333 Highway 463 North and Temple Street for controlled access to the property.

*approved to waive the fee for the Fun Time Shows Carnival for the Wild Duck Festival for Oct.2-5.

*approved to let fireworks be shot by David Hicks and Taylor Morgan at Trumann High School football games after touchdowns.

*proclaimed that Oct. 4 will be Go Pink for the Cure Day in Trumann. Alderman James Baker said he is especially proud of this proclamation due to his wife being a cancer survivor.

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