Mayors talk goals for new year
Renovation, community engagement, and beautification were among the top goals mayors had for 2017.
In Trumann, many of Mayor Barbara Lewallen's goals for the year involved renovation projects using bond money and working on long range projects. She said the renovation of the water tower at Industrial Park should begin in the Spring. The city will go through a second phase of paving streets, and the new city shop will be finished up. The fire department still has construction work to be done, though she did say a half acre on Maple Grove had been donated to the city, and that will possibly be the site for a building to house the out-of-town fire truck. She said the city will also replace fencing at the splash pad and work on city parks. Development of a new well will also begin this year. Lewallen said renovation work on the city's administration offices is just about complete, the water and sewer extension across I-555 is complete, and the city recently purchased a new fire truck.
"We look forward to a good year and another busy year," Lewallen said. "We're following our long range plan to improve the city. There are a lot of things we want to do that are big projects, but they take time. We are grateful to have the revenue to work on these long range projects. Without that revenue, there are so many things we couldn't do. We're grateful for the bond money for renovation projects, and we're grateful for the one cent sales tax revenue for long range projects to make a great place an even better place."
In Marked Tree, Mayor Mary Ann Arnold hopes to continue beautification efforts. "We're going to continue removing abandoned structures and encourage people to clean up their lots to improve quality of life," Arnold said. She said they also plan to continue working on Carver Park to make it more user friendly and will continue planting crepe myrtles to beautify the community.
For Tyronza, Mayor Charles Glover said that in addition to applying for an Arkansas Highway Department grant to repave streets for 2017, many of their plans for the new year will be to enhance and expand community activities. He said the city wants to continue to improve the Stars and Stripes Jubilee. Last year, the city did a citywide yard sale and started First Fridays, which were both successful community events. Glover hopes to expand those events this year as well as expand the community block party. He also wants to do a Main Street Halloween Trunk or Treat as a safe activity for kids and as a way to get the community out. The city will do the community corn patch again, which was very successful last year. He said the city will also possibly look at renovating the old water tower.
Glover said they will continue promote the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, which he said was an asset to the city, along with the Tour duh Sunken Lands Bike Ride. Also on the tourism front, Glover said they are working with Marked Tree and East Arkansas Planning and Development District to develop a bike trail between Tyronza and Marked Tree.