March 21, 2007 EditionAlso in this issue...
WR council discusses drivewayGloria Wilkerson
Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers told the city council at their regular meeting on March 13 at City Hall that the city needs to do something about the driveway located at the county shop on Highway 412, where the propane tanker turned over in February, creating a very dangerous situation.
"The tanker's driver is not the only one who has had a problem on that driveway," she said. "It's happened with other vehicles four or five times in the last six or eight months."
Alderman Ron Smith proposed the city put up a "No Trucks Allowed" sign on the property. " Rather than spend money for the expense of putting in a tile and widening the drive, if we put up the sign and they pull in there, legally they're in violation of the law," he said.
A motion was made and passed to contact the State Highway Department and get written requirements for what the city needs to do.
Mayor Rogers told the council that Lynn Haskins of Orkin Pest Control would like to be allowed to bid on the city's pest control contract. Hyde's Termite and Pest Control currently treats the police and fire stations monthly and city hall quarterly.
Alderman Wendell Jones made a motion to take Orkin's bid and see if the city might get a better deal. The motion passed unanimously.
Plans for a proposed new fire station were presented to the council by Michael "Button" Wallin, who said he had just gotten them that day.
The plans were drawn by architect Ray Lindsey of Paragould. They include an 80-by-80 foot engine bay, male and female quarters and baths, kitchen, TV room, training and meeting room, exercise room, captain's office, chief's office, mechanical and storage room and will be handicapped accessible including restrooms. The overall dimensions are 80 by 140 feet and will provide enough space to house all the fire department's vehicles and equipment.
A motion was made and passed to advertise for bids to see how much construction of the building would cost.
"We don't have an answer yet as to how we will pay for it, but we're looking into a couple of ways to finance it. It will not be paid for with a sales tax increase," Mayor Rogers said.
In other business:
- Alderman Jones said he would like to look into the possibility of the city getting a recycling center to locate here. He plans to get back to the council with more information as soon as he can.
- Alderman Jonathan Sanders told the council he would like to see the city put another dumpster at the city shop on a permanent basis. There was discussion about days and times it would be possible to have the dumpster open with city employees available to oversee its usage. Ways to make sure only city residents use the dumpster were also discussed.
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