April 18, 2007 Edition

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WR commits funds to
economic development

Gloria Wilkerson
TD Staff

The Walnut Ridge City Council held its regular meeting on April 10 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A light agenda was presented to the council, but much discussion was held concerning upcoming plans for the town.

Alderman Paula Haskins, chair of the budget and finance committee, told the council that her committee met with the Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development committee to discuss the city's future financial support of the chamber.

"Our committee recommends that the city pay $1,000 a month to the chamber, retroactive to January," Haskins said. "The checks are to be made out to the Chamber's economic and development fund. We are to have an accounting every month as to what the money is used for and quarterly progress reports telling us about contacts made by the Chamber and any progress they are making. We believe this agreement is reasonable and fair."

The council voted unanimously to accept the agreement, and it will now be presented to the Chamber of Commerce for approval.

Alderman Ron Smith told the council that cars are driving around the city's park on the walking trail while people are trying to walk. He expressed concern that someone might be injured while walking, and asked that the walking trail be closed to through traffic, except for special occasions. The council voted to close the trail to traffic between the pavilion and the archery range. Aldermen Haskins and Dirk Davis cast dissenting votes.

Alderman Michael Wallin informed the council that the city is 15 to 20 fire hydrants short for proper fire protection. "I propose that the city include the price of two or three hydrants a year in the budget till we have what we need," Wallin said. "The price of a hydrant is $1,500. We have one now that is going to be placed at Northeast Third and Poplar."

The council asked Wallin to bring this subject up at the end of the year when the new budget is drawn up.

In other business, the council:

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