December 19, 2007 Edition

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WR employees to receive raise

Gloria Wilkerson
TD Staff

The Walnut Ridge City Council approved a budget for 2008 and voted to give city employees a raise at their Dec. 11 meeting in the new Walnut Ridge Fire Station.

The council voted unanimously to accept a $2,190,960 budget for 2008 and to give all city employees a four percent raise. The employee raises are included in the budget and will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Mayor Michelle Rogers told the council that Frank Wilson's term on the airport commission will expire on December 31. She recommended that the council reappoint Wilson to another five-year term. The vote for his reappointment was unanimous.

Alderman Michael "Button" Wallin asked if the city could get Entergy to move a power pole at the intersection of Highway 67 South and Free Street. "The pole is causing a blind spot for drivers. I've gotten several calls about it," Wallin said. "It needs to be moved forward or backward far enough to eliminate the problem."

The mayor told the council the city will contact Entergy to see what can be done about the pole.

The new bathroom being constructed inside the ball park at Stewart Park now has the foundation poured and the blocks should start going up very soon, according to Alderman Wallin.

Ron Thomas told the council there are no handicap accessible facilities at the building donated to the county by Robert Hutcherson. The building is being renovated by Lawrence County and a portion of it will be used as a community building. Thomas said he has not seen any work being done to correct the problem, and would take further action himself in 90 days if the issue isn't resolved.

Mayor Rogers told Thomas that the city will look into the matter and see what they can do.

Rogers also reminded the council that the city's Christmas dinner will be held on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Gateway Theatre. The meal will be catered by Parachute Inn.

Alderman Jonathan Sanders commended the mayor on the city's Christmas in the Park display. "The mayor and all who were involved with the project have done a great job," he said. He added that he thought the members of the council have gotten along well and was pleased with the way they have worked together throughout the year.

Mayor Rogers also complimented the council. "You have all done a great job," she said.

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