The Trumann City Council had their monthly meeting this past Tuesday at the courthouse of the justice complex.
The biggest issue of the night was the second reading of the no smoking ordinance on select city-owned properties. After Mayor Barbara Lewallen read the ordinance, alderman Charles Goza asked that a smoking area be established at these locations. After a brief discussion and advice from the city attorney, a motion was made to add that designated smoking areas will be added to the ordinance once it is determined who will make that decision on where the areas at each place will. The council approved the request. The third and final reading of the ordinance will be at the April meeting.
The council heard department reports with Police Chief Chad Henson awarding the Chief's Citation to Amy Kary and Brianna Jones for the help they gave during a bad storm in Bald Knob with a reported tornado on the ground headed toward the school while they were hosting a state basketball tournament. Fire Chief Revis Kemper told the group that Bonnie Winkles purchased ten cameras for the fireman to wear on the helmets during fire calls. Public Works Director Scotty Jones reminded of the city-wide clean-up that will take place next month. Jones said this will be the one time a year they will pick up tires.
In new business, Lawrence Williams was reappointed to the Trumann Housing Authority board with the term running from 2017 to 2022. An Arbor Day Proclamation was read declaring March 21, 2017, as Arbor Day in Trumann. The council approved the audit from Dec. 21, 2015, and approved for a piece of equipment to be removed from the Public Works inventory. An ordinance for Public Works to lease/purchase equipment was approved as was the condemnation of a house at 420 Ellis Street.
Anderson gave an update on the other properties that have been eye sores for the city. The house at 320 N. Pine will be taken down by city, the house at 124 Campbell Street burned but will still need to have the lot cleared, the house at 615 W. Main that burned is being cleaned up to sale, the Carr property is in the process of being deeded to the city, and the house that was taken down at 201 Locust is being cleaned up by the city.
The last business of the night was Lorrie DeVries, owner of Plantation Homes, who told the council of her encounters with Trumann Ambulance Service (TEMS) and its owner Dale Parker. DeVries just stressed that at times when she needs an ambulance, the fire department has been dispatched. DeVries made a formal complaint against TEMS before she finished speaking.