Proposed smoking ban hot topic at Trumann City Council

Friday, April 14, 2017

An ordinance to regulate smoking on city-owned property was met with some opposition Tuesday night at the Trumann City Council meeting.

At the March meeting, the ordinance was read for the second time to make all parks in Trumann smoke-free places. Alderman Charles Goza suggested having a smoking area set up at the parks. After discussion, it was decided to amend the ordinance and add a smoking zone at least 25 feet from the parks. Fast forward to Tuesday night when the amended ordinance was read for the first time, representatives from St. Bernard's on Stamp Out Smoking gave some facts about smoke and how it can travel. The fact was also brought up that a 25 foot area away from the parks isn't feasible since it will put most on private property to smoke. After more discussion, the ordinance was passed on the first reading and will be read for the second time at next month's meeting.

Also in new business, Tim Wooldridge, Executive Director of the Crowley's Ride Development Council, spoke about what his council has to offer. He also told the council and those in attendance that they are there and ready to help those in need.

The council approved a Street Shop change order for an increase of $24,081.65 that covered concrete ramps and sidewalk, pipe for airlines, and metal trim on the exterior. An ordinance passed, with Alderman Brett Parker casting the only "no" vote, to allow the city to do business with JJ Consulting. The company is owned by Justin Hooton and Jeremy Winkles, who are both employees of the city. A resolution was passed that will allow liens to be filed on property in the city of Trumann that are in violation of Ordinance No. 354 (keeping premises clean). A resolution was passed to waive competitive bidding for two new Gorman Rupp sewer lift stations from Tencarva Machinery in Memphis. Public Works Director Scotty Jones said this is the only supplier of these stations in our area. Jones also said with these two new stations that half of the 50 stations in the city have been replaced.

Code Enforcement Officer Gary Anderson was the last new business as he gave an update on properties that have been condemned. Anderson said the old Campbell house at 615 Main Street that recently burned is being sold by owner Ginger Stacy to a person from Texas who is going to renovate the house back to it's original state. Anderson reminded the council of an ordinance on the books states that if repairs exceed 100 percent of the current value, it is presumed to be unreasonable and that the structure is a public nuisance and shall be razed without option on the part of the owner to repair. Two properties have been taken down and lots cleared, another property has been cleaned up from a fire, and another property has been deeded to city, and they are waiting until two radio towers are removed to take the house down. Alderman Rick Atkins said he knows of a person who will come take the towers down.

In closing, Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen commended Pastor Jeff Weaver and the Stepping Stone Sanctuary. Lewallen told the council that a shed in the back yard of an elderly lady was in need of removal. Weaver got five volunteers from the sanctuary, and they had the back yard cleared of fallen limbs and the shed taken down and loaded in a dumpster provided by Jones.

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