Trumann city council upholds condemnation vote

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Trumann City Council voted to uphold their previous vote to condemn a house at 522 Maple but did extend the day it will take effect to Nov. 27 to allow the residents of the house to remove their belongs.

Sally Trost asked for another 30 days to repair the property but was denied due to not fulfilling the matters that were set previously by they council. This condemnation has been ongoing for a couple months. The owner of the property, Rudy Ray, Jr., had his lawyer request the information from the previous meetings but has made no contact since. The council voted unanimously to have the structure taken down. Trost asked if it was okay for them to take the structure down, and Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen said it was okay.

In old business, the council decided to table the matter on the pot belly pig until the next meeting so the council can confer with the city attorney. The council voted not to change the ordinance on the books pertaining to swine inside the city limits, but since he has a letter from a physician stating that the pig is a service animal, they will ask if a waiver can be made to allow the pig to stay in the city limits.

In new business, the council voted to allow old equipment, air packs (SCBAs), to be removed from the fire department's inventory since the department bought new ones. Some of the usable equipment will be donated to local fire departments.

A proclamation was approved naming Mrs. Magnolia Mitchell an Outstanding Citizen of Trumann for years of continued support of the city.

The council also voted to approve the bid for the sprinkler system for Rage Fabrications' facility in the Industrial Park and approved the low bid for the electrical work to be done once it's submitted.

Bob Stotts was given more time to complete work on a house at 341 Hobart that was set for condemnation. Civil Enforcement Officer Captain Gary Henry said Stotts has made significant repairs on the house in the allotted time he was given to do so.

City employee bonuses were approved by the council also.

In department reports, Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson told the council that Logan Mason was named Officer of the Year out of 480 departments in the state. Henson also said the work has started on remodeling the Animal Control building, and he hopes in the next couple weeks the work will be done. Windows and an air conditioning system are being installed to provide the dogs with a more comfortable environment during summer months. Insulation is also being installed to help control the climate inside.

Trumann Fire Chief Revis Kemper said when he and Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mabe went to do a final inspection on the new fire truck, they found a few things that were not done. These are being corrected, but it will push delivery out two weeks. Kemper hopes the truck will arrive in Trumann Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Parks Director Scott Shankle reported that all seasons are over at the Trumann Sports Complex, and they are in the process of winterizing the fields. Shankle said for the third year in a row, they have had an increase of teams in the leagues. Shankle thanked the community for their support and donations from businesses to make the complex better. Shankle also said the commercial Craighead Electric filmed at the complex should be airing soon.

The only committee to meet was the Finance Committee, and Alderman Carol Waleszonia said they are working on the budget for 2018 and hope to have it ready by the December meeting.

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