Marked Tree City Council talks beautification

Sunday, October 20, 2013
On behalf of the Marked Tree Fire Department, Fire Chief Jamie McCrary, Linda O'Dell, and April Ragen accepted a proclamation of appreciation from Mayor Mary Ann Arnold.

Marked Tree Mayor Mary Ann Arnold has made it her personal goal to "clean up the town and make it a place to come home to." Arnold was ready to hit the ground running after being elected as Marked Tree's new mayor, and she doesn't plan on taking a break anytime soon.

During their regular monthly Mayor Arnold explains to city council members the plans she has in store for the city. Arnold has been busing recruiting members for a "beautification committee", she has hopes of painting areas around town such as the fire department. Arnold also plans to purchase American flags to be hung in the downtown area. She hopes this will show patriotism as well as "make the city look more attractive."

Council members voted to have a city wide fall cleanup and agreed to set a date prior to the mailing of monthly water bills. The clean-up will take place in during the month of November. The date is to be announced on residential water bills

The city of Marked Tree was recently awarded a grant (GIF money) to help fund the beautification project. These funds will pay for the flags and installation materials. The city also plans to use funds toward the purchase of an additional mower which will allow a more thorough job cutting grass as well as get the job done in an overall less amount of time. Remaining GIF funds will go towards the cleanup of abandoned houses/properties that have been condemned and declared unsafe.

Police Chief Chester Ford said Arnold couldn't have chosen a better time to begin painting the fire department. Members of the fire department recently began remodeling the building, installing new floors and painting the inside area to prepare for the "open house" that will take place following the Christmas parade.

Ford also confirmed dates for the fire department's annual haunted house. Scheduled dates have been set for the nights of Oct. 25, 26, 28, 29 and 31.

During the meeting Mayor Arnold awarded the Marked Tree Fire Department a proclamation of appreication on behalf of the City of Marked Tree to thank the department for the extra effort they put into making the Cotton Pick'n Jubilee a huge success. Arnold said they had a greater turnout this year than ever before. Fire Chief Jamie Mcrary, Linda O'dell and April Ragaen accepted the certificate on behalf of the Fire Department.

City Treasure Pamela Wright briefed council members on the recent purchase of electronic water meters, and discussed the payment options available. Wright also reported back to council members with a price estimate from GreenWay Equipment for the purchase of a 2013 John Deere flex-wing rotary cutter which has been previously discussed during the last council meeting. Council voted to accept the estimate and go forward with making the purchase.

Before adjourning Mayor Arnold read a letter she had received previously that day (Oct. 14) from City Attorney Michael Dabney. Dabney wrote that he wished to resign as city attorney saying that he planned to focus his law practice solely on criminal defense.

The next city council meeting is scheduled to take place on Nov. 12.

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