Trumann Council passes several resolutions

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Trumann City Council passed several resolutions Tuesday night. Among the purchases they approved were a new police vehicle, sewer lift stations, and a sanitation truck.

In department reports, Director of Public Works Scotty Jones gave an update on the new well. Jones said a lot of work has been going on in the background working with the Health Department and pulling water and core samples. He said the best place to put it will be below the Oak Street water tower, and they plan to proceed with constructing the well. The target date for completion is July. "I feel like our project is well on its way. Everything looks good," Jones said.

In new business, the council approved an ordinance amending the 2017 Budget and heard the State of the City from Mayor Barbara Lewallen.

The council approved a resolution certifying their endorsement of the business Rage Fabrications, so that business can participate in the Tax Back Program. They also approved a resolution approving purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT. The truck will replace a 2007 Crown Victoria and cost $28,713.45 through the Arkansas State Procurement program. Assistant Police Chief Jon Redman told the council the department has been using SUVs and four-wheel drive vehicles more for inclement weather and hauling large pieces of evidence. He said they are trying to move everything to four-wheel drive and that this truck will be a CID or administrative vehicle, not a patrol vehicle.

Other resolutions approved by the council included approval to purchase two lift stations for the Water Department not to exceed $39,000, removing a Mack sanitation truck from the inventory, entering into a lease-purchase agreement for a Peterbilt sanitation truck, entering a lease-purchase agreement for a freightliner rolloff truck, and paying off the city's Unfunded Liability balance. Scotty Jones said the Sanitation Department was going from a Mack to a Peterbilt because while Peterbilts are a little more expensive, they are also more trustworthy.

The council also approved a resolution involving a property trade. Mayor Lewallen said Myra Biggers had donated a piece of property on Maple Grove Lane to the city for the new Fire Department substation Since that time the plan has changed, and the substation will be going in at the Industrial Park. When the mayor offered to return the donated land, Biggers offered to trade another piece of property to the city for it instead. This property is an office building and one-third of an acre on Cedar Street.

Mayor Lewallen informed the council that the city was awarded a grant from the Arkansas Agriculture Department in the amount of $2,433.04 under the city's Tree City designation. She said cypress trees will be planted near the ball fields at the sports complex.

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Lewallen also commended the police department for their work in finding the missing girl. Assistant Chief Jon Redman commended all the police agencies involved for the long hours they worked on the case. "That was my favorite day to be a police officer in my 17 years in law enforcement," Redman said.

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