Trumann City Council appoints new alderman

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Trumann City Council appointed a new alderman to fill the remainder of a term due to an alderman moving from the city during their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Alderman Charles Goza attended his final meeting as an alderman as he and his family are moving to Jonesboro. The council appointed David Thompson to fill the remainder of the term. "I look forward to working with each of you on the council," Thompson said. Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen presented Goza with a certificate of appreciation for his service on the council. "I've enjoyed my time on the city council, and it was a pleasure to serve the city of Trumann," Goza said.

The council voted to pass an ordinance that pertained to street gutters and ditches that abut to city streets. The ordinance said it's the property owners responsibility to keep the gutter and ditches clear of debris that would disrupt the flow of water. If the owner does not keep the gutter or ditch clear, they may be subject to a fine ranging from $25 to $50 dollars. The ordinance was read a second and third time by title only before being approved. Lewallen said the ordinance will be published in the paper and will go into effect in 30 days.

The council also discussed the house at 522 Maple Street that recently burned and was up for condemnation. The house was declared 80 percent loss on the structure and 50 percent loss on the content. Buddy Brooks, who was the occupant of the house owned by Rudy Ray, Jr., told the council he has had the power turned back on and wants to repair the house. Alderman Brett Parker said he thinks two weeks is not long enough to give Brooks before condemning the house. After a little more discussion, the council decided to table the matter until the next meeting and told Brooks he needs to have a statement from a master electrician licensed in the state of Arkansas that the house is safe to live in. The council also recommended that Brooks have an estimate from a contractor on what the costs will be to fix the damage on the house. Brooks said he can have both of these done and bring the papers to the mayor's office.

In old business, the council noted that the house at 615 West Main has had quite a bit of work done and that the owner has one more week to finish what was required to be able to request another extension of time. Before dismissing, Lewallen told the council that the hearing to annex the properties off Industrial Drive will be Aug. 23.

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