Trumann City Council has busy meeting

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Trumann City Council's monthly meeting was a lengthy one as there were several new business items on the agenda.

During department head reports, Fire Chief Revis Kemper told the council work done on Engine 2 that was long overdue. Kemper also told the council that the department worked hard to get concession stand ready at Cedar Park for the opening games (which were the night of meeting). Neal Vickers, Director of Economic Development, told the council that phase two of the Shop Local, Buy Trumann First campaign is about to start. "We placed signs in front of businesses on phase one, and now we are going to put signs in windows of all businesses in Trumann," Vickers said. Vickers also told the group that the walking trail grant was denied, but now they will resubmit for a grant for playground equipment for the park and will include the trial in that grant. He said most times these grants have been approved. There were no committee or ward reports.

In new business, two ordinances were read for the third time and passed. These ordinances will allow the city to do business with James "Bo" Hickey and Charles Jones, both employees of the city. The conservation ordinance pertaining to water usage was also read for the third time and passed. A resolution permitting Trumann Waterworks to remove 17 items from their inventory list that they no longer have was approved by the council. These items had never been removed from the list over the years.

A resolution was passed to allow the Street Division of the Public Works Department of Trumann to salvage items and then demolish the building at 704 Highway 463 North (old Burger King) in preparation for the new shop building to be built at that location. The council was told that Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell will haul off the concrete slab after it's broken up for use in the county. A resolution was also passed accepting the big of $289,700 from Robinson General Contractors to build the new shop. There were five bids submitted for the construction.

The council passed a resolution for the electronic sign in front of the Municipal Complex to be removed. The Public Works Department will remove the sign.

Mayor Lewallen highlighted a letter she received from the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee saying the recent audit was conducted properly and with no major conflicts.

The council also approved the appointment of Luis Guttierrez to the Parks and Recreation Board. Parks and Recreation Director Scott Shankle was there with Guttierrez and told the council that all qualifications were met for acceptance on the board. "Thanks for allowing us to come in late and for the approval of Luis, but we have to get back and umpire a game," Shankle told the council before leaving.

The last business of the night was the condemnation of two houses in the city. The first house located at 700 East Speedway and is owned by Donnie and Donna Skaggs. Donnie Skaggs was present and told the council he has only owned the property for a few months. He wants the structure torn down, but needs time to do so. He said he will work cleaning the place up until he can demolish it. He asked for at least six months to do so. The council approved the extension, with Councilman Bonnie Winkles voting against, with the understanding that Code Enforcement Officer Gary Anderson will give monthly reports to the council on the progress of the property. The second property at 320 North Pine, owned by Alice McPherson and Clytee Willis, also asked for a little extra time to have the house demolished. The owners have started to move items out and will have a trash bin delivered to start the process. The council gave the owners two months to have significant progress made with check up by Anderson monthly.

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