July 16, 2014 Edition

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Natalie Wallin named
to WR City Council

A moment of silence was held prior to the July 8 Walnut Ridge City Council meeting for the late Michael "Button" Wallin, who was serving as an alderman.

During the meeting, the council received a recommendation from Alderman Ed Lawson to appoint Natalie Wallin, Button's wife to the position.

After a vote of 5-1, Natalie was appointed to finish the unexpired term. Daniel Abbott and Allen McEntire also showed interest in the appointment.

In other business, Police Chief Richy Thatcher reported that the Walnut Ridge School Board approved the hiring of a certified police officer to act as resource officer at the school.

Officer Gary Tate has been offered the job, and Thatcher said he is in the process of writing a contract between the school and the city that would require the city to be reimbursed for all money spent on this employee and expenses related to the his position at the school.

The council made a motion to inform the school that the city would participate in this agreement.

Also at the meeting:

  • Eric White with animal control and code enforcement presented two vicious dog ordinances from other cities. Mayor Don House recommended the council prepare an ordinance for Walnut Ridge to be presented at the next regular meeting.

  • aldermen agreed to send a certified letter to JR Rogers requesting his presence at a special meeting on July 21 at 6 p.m. in the Police Department Complex concerning his condemned property on West Elm.

  • the owner of the Jack Krepps building at the Walnut Ridge Airport was also sent a letter informing him that his property would be condemned 30 days after the letter had been received.

  • the council continued discussions on whether to keep insurance for aldermen. Several options were discussed and City Attorney Adam Weeks advised that a decision be made as soon as possible. Discussion was tabled until the special meeting on July 21. Aldermen compensation will also be discussed.

  • House announced that employee Donnie Rogers with the street department recently retired and instead of replacing him, the city would appoint Shannon her and Bryson Long as foremen of the street department.

  • two resolutions concerning grant applications were approved.

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