March 17, 2010 Edition

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WR councilmen discuss
website, spring cleanup

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge City Council discussed the upcoming spring cleanup at its meeting on March 9 and previewed the city's new website, which will soon be up and running.

Buddy Williams of Imboden Live addressed the council about the new website his wife, Lisa, is creating for Walnut Ridge. Lisa couldn't attend due to illness, but Williams brought his laptop computer with a demo of the website for the council to see.

"Lisa needs to know if there's anything that needs added or changed before we go any further with the site," Williams said. "We bought enough space so we can add to the domain as needed. Your website is four times the size of the one Pocahontas has."

The sample has orange and blue colors on a white background, and the pictures featured were all taken during the winter months so the photos don't have a lot of pretty colors in them Williams told the council. He said they plan to take more pictures during the spring when lawns and trees are green and flowers are blooming. The website will then alternate all the photos. He asked the council for input about the site, saying that it will be simple at this point to change anything the council would like changed.

"We expect more than 1,000 visits a week when the site is launched," he said. "Once we link it to search engines, the website will really get your name and your community out there for people to see."

The purpose of the website is to help attract new businesses and people to the area, and to keep citizens informed about current and upcoming events. Announcements such as activity dates and cancellations can be added to the site as needed. The site will be updated as people submit historic photos and/or information, and news for the community calendar.

The approximate launch date for www.cityofwalnutridge.com is the 25th of March.

The council plans to study the website and then contact the Williamses with any additions or suggestions they may have.

Mayor Michelle Rogers reminded the council that spring cleanup for the city will be held April 12-April 24. A dumpster will also be available at the city shop on Saturday, April 17, and Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. until noon. No tires, shingles, hazardous chemicals or paint cans (unless they are without lids and completely dried up) will be accepted.

"We urge our citizens not to put their items out by the street before April 12," Rogers said. "They need to wait until the day pickup begins."

In other business:

  • Alderman Michael "Button" Wallin updated the council on the progress of the city's applications to clean up areas around the Highway 412 and Highway 63 bypass interchange areas. "Water on the east side of Highway 412 has been drained back into ditches," Wallin said. "That will help us with mosquito control, and I understand the permits we need before we can begin work are ready to be signed and sent to us."

  • grants available from the Highway Department and Entergy were briefly discussed with no action being taken.

  • Mayor Rogers presented a list of committees that council members serve on and reminded them the chairman of each committee is responsible for holding their meetings, and that most of them need to meet at least once a month.

  • Rogers also told the council that 80 percent of the city's streetlights that were not working or were damaged by last year's ice storm have now been repaired. Jim McMillon has been assisting the city in this endeavor.

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