Trumann city council discusses condemned properties

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Trumann city council's first meeting of new year was business as usual.

Two houses, one that is condemned and the other that is about to be condemned, were the two most discussed items of the night. The council heard a resolution to condemn the property at 308 Park due to it being unsightly and unsafe. The resolution was passed by the council. The other property, 518 W. Speedway, has been condemned, but trouble getting the title released has caused a hold up. The council gave the owners 30 days to get the title matter resolved.

Scott Shankle, Parks and Recreation Director, nominated David Box and Randy Passmore to fill two spots on the board that have recently be vacated. The council was in full agreement that these two individuals would do a good job on the board and approved them for four year terms.

Mayor Barbara Lewallen asked the council for approval to dispose of items that are no longer of use to the city. "There is a microwave that has quit, some old telephones, and an old copier among a few other things. Since they are property of the city, the council needs to okay the disposal," Lewallen said. The council approved the disposal of the times.

Becky Goza spoke and thanked the people who helped the families at Oak Donnick prepare for high waters. Steve Moss with Hedger Brothers donated sand for sandbags, and Trumann Fire Chief Revis Kemper donated the bags used for the sand. Goza said she wished she could have seen more from Trumann come to help. "I know the folks out there are not in the city limits, but they shop here and the kids go to school here. As a community, I feel we needed to help more," Goza said.

In other business, Trumann Police Chief introduced Jon Redman as the new Assistant Police Chief and Chief Kemper introduced Tyler Goodwin as the newest member of the Trumann Fire Department. Shankle updated the council on the parks telling them that due to wiring issues with the lights and the breaker box inside the concession stand, the games will be played at the Sports Complex. "The Cedar Park field will be ready to have tee-ball and coach pitch games played there this season," Shankle said.

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