Trumann City Council hears reports on city
The Trumann City Council held their last meeting of 2016, and with no new business on the agenda, the council heard updates on what is going on in the city.
Public Works Director Scotty Jones gave an update that the sewer extension under I-555 is almost complete. The pump station will be installed next week. Jones reported that Central Ford is already open and using the new utilities. Jones also told the council that the original bid was $399,000, but with his department doing work and using local businesses to complete the work, the project came in at $250,000. Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen commended Jones and his department for their efforts on the project. "My guys really enjoyed working on a big project and getting that experience," Jones said. Jones also wanted to remind everyone that trash pick-up after Christmas will start on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Fire Chief Revis Kemper told the council that they are providing for six families and 22 children for Christmas with the money they made from running the concession stand at the Cedar Park baseball field this past summer. Mayor Lewallen also commented on how well the Christmas Parade went this year. "It went very well. It was organized and had lots of participation," Mayor Lewallen said.
Mayor Lewallen gave an update on the condemnations with Code Enforcement Officer Gary Anderson being absent from the meeting. Lewallen said progress has been good on some. Some have been taken down with others needing to be taken down. "It's a lengthy process to get to the point where the house can actually be taken down, but we are on top of all the ones on the current list," Lewallen said.
Ward reports ranged from a vacant lot issue in Ward 1, street lights needed in Ward 3, loud music in Ward 4, and speeding issues in Ward 5.
Annexation of land into Trumann on the west side of the new Ford facility was brought up, and Mayor Lewallen said that is a top priority for 2017.
Betty Payne was presented with a certificate for filling in on the council when a member moved to a new ward. Certificates were also available for Sullivan and Wilson, but they were not there to accept them.