Lepanto council hears from citizens

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Lepanto City Council heard from two concerned citizens at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 20.

Jeff Vaughn spoke to the council about a list of six concerns he had about the community as a business owner. Topping the list was the way the recent police chief situation was handled. On Friday, May 9, the mayor demoted to Police Chief Chad Henderson to K-9 officer and promoted Daniel Haynes to chief. Haynes then terminated Captain David Layman. During a special council meeting on Tuesday, May 13, the council voted unanimously to reinstate Henderson as chief. Vaughn said if anything like that happens again he would like to see the mayor and council get on the same page beforehand.

Other concerns Vaughn raised included the city's drug problem, grants, the town's appearance, unmarked police cars, and city taxes.

Tracy Catt also addressed the council regarding Potter Memorial Cemetery. Catt said she would like a maintenance policy to be put in place for the cemetery. She identified some major issues she said need to be addressed such as the gazebo needing repair and several trees and stumps endangering grave stones.

In other business, the council:

*Adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Bond Engineering to replace the water lines.

*Heard from Mayor Steve Jernigan regarding Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Mayor Jernigan said ADEQ informed him the city can no longer pile brush, woodchips or leaves on the bank of the Little River. Mayor Jernigan said the city needs to find a new spot for brush which is 3-5 acres and approved by ADEQ.

*Reviewed a report from the Jail Standards Committee.

*Adopted a resolution to condemn a house on 100 Burton Street. The house was destroyed by fire two years ago.

*Tabled discussion on a resolution to condemn a house at 208 Woodland until the next council meeting so copy of the notice can be posted.

*Went into executive session and called in Police Chief Chad Henderson. No action was taken.

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