Trumann City Council has first meeting of 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Trumann City Council held their first meeting of 2019 and welcomed four new council members this past Tuesday night at the Trumann Court Room.

In new business, the council approved a request from Janna Stotts to have a bucket brigade at the traffic light at Highways 463 and 69 on Feb. 15 from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to collect money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Jason Hogan was also approved by the council for another term on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The ordinance to amend Ordinance 434, pertaining to lot sizes, was read for the second time and then rules were suspended so it could be read a third time by title only so it could be approved at the meeting. The ordinance passed.

The final new business of the night was the city council voting on a resolution to enter into a contract with EA Sports Management, LLC, owned by Scott Shankle, to oversee all activities at the Trumann Sports Complex, thus relieving Trumann from running the complex. "The Trumann sports leagues will always be the first priority for the complex," Shankle said. The ordinance stated this contract will result in saving taxpayer money without diminishing the quality of youth and adult recreational sports programs offered to the citizens of Trumann. The resolution passed unanimously.

There were no department reports, but Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen did introduce Police Chief Chad Henson, Fire Chief Revis Kemper, Public Works Director Scotty Jones, Sports Director Scott Shankle, and Code Enforcement Officer Captain Gary Henry to the large crowd in attendance.

Ward reports had Ward 1 council member Hollie Stevens reporting calls about the yard at 526 Maple and kids playing basketball in the street on Lewis Street. Ward 3 council member Matthew Miller had calls about street lights being out and a tree that is hanging over Clifton Street. Ward 4 council member Steven Hammell had a call about a water meter on Bell Street and several calls about how to get the East Arkansas News-Leader to stop throwing newspapers at houses not wanting it. Lewallen said she was aware of all these problems and most were being worked on. About the News-Leader, Lewallen said people can call the company, and they will stop throwing it at the houses that request not to get it.

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