Marked Tree Council approves move for refrigeration access for food pantry
The Marked Tree City Council took care of several business items during their regular meeting Monday night, including allowing the food pantry access to a room in the armory with refrigeration access.
Connie Huff, who runs the food pantry along with her husband Jim, spoke to the council about getting the extra room. Huff, who has been director of the food pantry since June, said the food pantry is currently housed in the first door on the left inside the armory. She asked for access to the room on the right, which would allow them to get a refrigerator and freezer in. She said they were thinking long-term, and refrigeration would allow them to offer more food. One example she gave was storing turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Huff said they would be happy to clean the room and that there was currently nothing in it. The council unanimously approved allowing the food pantry access to the room.
Regarding city parks, Director of Public Works Wayne Hendrix said Carver Park's water is now separate from the gym, which is in the process of being deeded to the Bells. New basketball goals for Carver Park have been ordered, and the park has new benches and picnic tables. Regarding resurfacing the parking lot at the Sports Complex, the council approved accepting a bid from Gillis Construction. The council will have to approve an ordinance when they have the final price, but work can begin before that.
The council approved resolutions to apply for two grants from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Division of Rural Services. One is for $2,500 for new turnouts for the fire department. The other grant is for $88,553.73 for digital radios and equipment for the police, fire, and water departments.
In other business, the council:
*heard a proclamation from Mayor Mary Ann Arnold recognizing the Marked Tree School District for their achievements.
*approved a resolution recognizing and recommending support for regional efforts at career readiness certification.
*approved getting signs at city parks prohibiting alcohol and drugs. An ordinance will have to be brought before the council.
Mayor Arnold also publicly thanked Alderman Jerry Jones for being part of the effort to clean up the cemetary at Savannah Parr and Sam Anderson. Jones said a community group did the work with himself and Alderman Cleo Johnson, Jr., spearheading the effort.