Trumann City Council approves land purchase for shop

Friday, March 11, 2016

A full agenda of purchases, resolutions, ordinances, and condemnations were discussed and approved at the monthly meeting of the Trumann City Council Tuesday.

The purchase of the old Burger King building and land was one of the big topics of the night. Mayor Barbara Lewallen said she has kept an eye on the property for the last two years. The site will be the new location for the Trumann city shop. The city agreed to purchase the property for $50,000 from MICA, a Tennessee General Partnership.

Director of Public Works Scotty Jones spoke about the location. "We will tear down the existing building and build one for the needs we have. We will keep equipment inside the building with our day-to-day vehicles parked neatly outside. We will not have garbage cans or pipes stacked outside, as we want to keep the place very tidy due to the location. The trash dump will not be moved here, as some believe," Jones said.

Another big issue was the condemnation of properties. The first property discussed was at 124 Campbell Street owned by Franklin Laire, Jr. The council felt the property has not had sufficient work done to extend any more time to Laire to work on it. Laire was in attendance and said he had only had the property for two months and needed more time. The council voted 9-0 to condemn the property.

The next property was 308 Park. The owner has received notice it will be condemned and has not responded to the letter. The owner will receive a second letter after this week's meeting.

The property located at 518 Speedway is waiting for the deed to be released with an individual already prepared to tear the property down.

The last property was on Pine Street and owned by Bob Stotts. Stotts has done work on the outside, has the house looking pretty good, and has started on the roof. Work was stopped when he learned the property was in condemnation. The property had not been condemned, but Stotts was not aware of that. Stotts will have until the April meeting to show significant improvement for the council not to take action.

Other actions of the council included the approval of a resolution recognizing and recommending career readiness certification, approval of a Keep Arkansas Beautiful resolution, an Arbor Day Proclamation was approved, the council approved the purchase of a Kubota MS-111HDC tractor for $55,752.80, and an ordinance establishing advisory committees that function to make recommendations to the mayor and city council concerning the operations of the city was approved.

The council also heard the second reading of three ordinances. The first was that city can do business with city employee Charles Jones, the second was that the city can do business with city employee James Hickey, and the third was an ordinance on water conservation in emergencies.

Fire Chief Revis Kemper told the council of a voluntary fitness regimen that has been started and said participation has been good. "It's been a good thing, and the guys are going above and beyond," Kemper said. Police Chief Chad Henson recognized Matt and Kenny York from York Construction with a Chief's Citation for the construction work they did at the police department.

Jones also gave an update on the work being done on Birch Street. "The problem was worse than we expected. We are waiting or the water table to go down so we can get in and fix it right. It may take six months or longer to get the problem fixed," Jones said.

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