Wes Wagner addresses Trumann City Council

Monday, August 18, 2014

State Representative Wes Wagner thanked the Trumann City Council at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 12, after hearing how the council is working on beautification and revitalization in the city with the help of a $30,000 grant.

Trumann Mayor Sheila Walters said Wagner was vital in getting the city the grant for the clean up of dilapidated houses.

"It's gratifying when we work so hard to get money, and then to see the results of the grants," Wagner said.

Code Enforcer Gary Anderson passed around pictures for the council to see the houses that have been taken down this year. He also named houses that are in the process of getting removed by the city.

Anderson said there are legalities that are necessary when condemning and tearing down a house. These legalities sometimes delay the process of clean up, but he is continuing to work hard to help beautify the city.

"Every town you go to, other than stray dogs, the second most complaint is properties that are dilapidated and abandoned," Wagner said. "Theses houses and lots can be cleaned up. Its really one of my initiatives to do, along with beautification at our parks."

Along with the $30,000 grant, Wagner also helped secure a $10,000 grant for city beautification and park enhancement.

The council also heard from the mayor about Temple Street, a street where new businesses are beginning including Allcare Pharmacy. She said they will begin working on the curbs and gutters for the street and pouring the asphalt.

In other business, the council:

*approved an ordinance establishing the Trumann Police Department. Walters said this was a necessary step in getting the Trumann Police Department accreditation.

*approved a resolution establishing the useful life of fixed assets in the inventory, as recommended by the auditor.

*voted to allow fireworks at the football field to be shot during special events and touchdowns.

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