Trumann City Council approve 2017 budget proposal
During the Trumann City Council's regular meeting Tuesday, the council approved the budget proposal for 2017. Budget committee head Carol Waleszonia said they were going to meet one more time to work out a couple more areas that need changed before having the final proposal ready for the December meeting.
In other new news, the Christmas Parade has been set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, with the theme being Duck The Halls. The council also approved to give Christmas bonuses in the amount of $500 to all full-time employees with part-time employees receiving $250. The mayor and city clerk are also included in these bonuses.
A resolution was passed changing the age of retirement from 65 to 62 for the city employees. The city is also looking into adding smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes to the list of tobacco products that can't be used on city properties. Mayor Barbara Lewallen said she was going to speak with city attorney Jimmy Gazaway to see what the other cities are doing and re-visit this at the December meeting.
The final new business of the night was house condemnations. Before the council preceded with the condemnation, they gave a 90-day extension to the property owner at 613 Paschal, who has made significant progress on her home. The council then heard the resolution to condemn the property at 201 Locust Street which passed unanimously. Code Enforcement Officer Gary Anderson then gave the council an update on the previous properties that are awaiting condemnation. Anderson told the council that work is proceeding on some but others that were given extensions have not had any work done. He also said that a house on Park Street would be added to list soon. Mayor Lewallen also informed the council that the house at 340 Holly was fixing to be taken down by the street department.
Mayor Lewallen also informed the council that the Trumann Commons strip mall on Highway 463 at the south end of town has reportedly been sold. She said she will find out details before the next meeting. Lewallen said Myra Jane Biggers has donated a half acre of land to the city off of Maple Grove Road that will used for a sub-station for the fire department.