Tyronza losing police chief

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tyronza Police Chief Tony Turner announced to the city council Tuesday night that he had turned in his resignation effective March 31. According to Mayor Charles Glover, Turner had gotten a good opportunity he is pursuing.

Turner said he would still be in town and would be available in his free time to help out. "I've come to the point in my life where it was time to make a decision," Turner told the council. "Most of it was a family decision."

"Tony has certainly been an asset to the community, and he's been an asset to the school," Glover said. Glover told the council the city is already advertising for a new police officer, and he would keep the council in the loop on that. "My goal is to get somebody who cares about the community," Glover said. He said he would like to hire a full-time officer for the time being.

In other business, Glover gave the council an update on the $250,000 grant from the highway department to do some repaving. He showed the council a map of the roads to be repaved, which included Hiawatha, Pocahontas, Chickasaw, W. Oak, Oak, Pecan, Ritter, Walnut, Norcross, Park Access, Emrich, Banks, and School. Glover said the estimate for resurfacing these streets came to around $246,000. If there is money left over, the highway department could look at repaving parts of Junction and Mullins too. Glover also said he would talk to the contractor about paving the parking lot at the park while they are doing Park Access, which the city has the funds for.

Glover said the highway department plans to bundle Lepanto and Black Oak into the contract and let it out for bids in May and that the work would hopefully be done in June.

The council also heard a report on the occupation ordinance. Glover said a committee had met to discuss ideas such as what the cost for a business permit should be and who should be exempt. The council will talk about ideas in the coming months and pass an ordinance later in the year.

Glover also said he had visited with an engineer regarding the old water tower, which is in need of repair. He said it will need to be repaired soon, and he would keep the council up to date on it.

Fire Chief David Woods also announced that the city of Tyronza is officially a Firewise Community and would soon be getting the signs to put up.

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