Trumann council rescinds ordinance consolidating Trumann Rural Water and Trumann Water Works

Friday, April 8, 2016

Though the Trumann City Council voted to consolidate Trumann Rural Water and Trumann Water Works during a special meeting on March 14, after further review, the council rescinded the consolidation during a special meeting Monday.

During Monday's meeting, Mayor Barbara Lewallen read an ordinance rescinding approval of the consolidation, and made a brief statement concerning the issue. "After further study and consideration, we feel it would be in the best interests of the city to rescind the ordinance," Lewallen said. "But I want to make clear, though we think the consolidation in the long run is a sound decision for the city and for future development, right now we feel further study is necessary before we actually complete the merger."

The council unanimously passed the ordinance rescinding Ordinance 611, which approved the consolidation, along with a resolution rescinding Resolution 960, which allowed for the transfer of funds from the Trumann Water Sewer Account to pay off Trumann Rural Water's indebtedness to the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission in the amount of $45,020.36.

Before the vote, Mayor Lewallen said the decision was "about financial soundness and making the right decision." She said a letter was being sent to the Rural Water board concerning the decision. The Rural Water Board meets next Tuesday, the same night as the City Council's regular meeting.

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