August 22, 2007 EditionAlso in this issue...
City of Walnut Ridge
votes to establish website
Walnut Ridge will soon have its own Internet website following the city council's unanimous vote in favor of the site at their Aug. 14 meeting.
Alderperson Paula Haskins discussed the city's need for a website and recommended Emily Hathcock of Walnut Ridge as the person she would like to see the city hire to do the job. Mayor Michelle Rogers told the council she felt the site would be a good thing and was something the city needed.
"Hathcock would set up the site for $350 and maintain it for $40 a month," Haskins said. Domain and host expenses are relatively inexpensive, and I feel this is something we need to have," Haskins added.
Haskins said she sees the site containing community and activity pages, history of the town as well as of the fire and police departments and the airport, and much more. Alderman Wendell Jones suggested the city sell ads on the site to help pay for the expense of keeping it online once it is set up.
The council voted unanimously in favor of Haskins recommendation.
Walnut Ridge aldermen voted to apply for an Arkansas Recreational Trails Program grant through the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department to develop and improve Stewart Park's walking trail.
The council learned that the 80/20 federal grant may only be used for walking trails. The new additions to the trail would be 10 feet wide, which is narrower than the current trail. It will be intended for walkers and bikers, not motor vehicle traffic. The project's cost to the city would be $17,442.
"Someone is going to get the grant money," Mayor Rogers said. "It might as well be us. We do not have the grant, we are just applying for it."
The council also voted to approve a resolution allowing the city to enter into a contract with Jewell Engineers, Inc. of Little Rock to perform design services if the grant is awarded. Proper drainage in the park was an issue the council wanted stressed to the engineers in the event the grant is received and new trails added.
Ron Thomas addressed the council, telling them that he is stepping aside as Lawrence County's Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator. "It has become difficult for me to travel to Little Rock," he said. "Judge Alex Latham has named Mike Shelton of Walnut Ridge as my replacement."
Mayor Rogers told Thomas that the city appreciates all the work he has done during his tenure.
In other business:
- the city passed an ordinance making it a violation for vehicular traffic to be present in Stewart Park starting at the basketball court and around the loop to the archery range. Violators may be fined $25 plus court costs.
- the council voted to close a section of West Walnut Street that has not been actually used by the public generally for more than five years. Bill Moore owns the land on both sides abutting this section of the street and had requested that it be closed.
- a request from Jane Austin to place "No Parking" signs on her rental property near the courthouse on West Elm was tabled, pending further research.
- the council also tabled a request from Leslie Ginn to allow her family to have a small, family park with farm animals on it. Their property is inside the city limits where livestock is not allowed unless the animals were already there when that portion of land was annexed. The council will revisit the issue next month after researching ordinances concerning animals within the city limits.
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