Green Forest Council to explore filling mayor's post

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

GREEN FOREST ---- Options for filling the mayor's seat will be explored at next week's city council meeting.

Aldermen discussed the situation briefly at Monday's agenda setting meeting when City Recorder/Treasurer Janell Compton sat in as acting mayor after former mayor Leonard Tidyman resigned to accept a job promotion in Fayetteville.

The council decided to seek advice from the city attorney, Jay Miner, to see what the options are. The council could possibly elect, appoint, call for a special election, or wait until the November general election to fill the vacancy.

Also on Monday, a public hearing was held prior to the second and third readings of an ordinance correcting an error in the municipal code,

With no public comment, the ordinance was passed, which paved the way for the reading and approval of a bond refinancing ordinance.

Representatives from Stevens, Inc., were on hand to explain the bond refinancing package that former mayor Leonard Tidyman initiated.

A rural development loan, a soil and water loan, plus a 1998 bond issue will be refinanced at an average rate of 5.167 percent to generate $1.3 million for the city to use for wastewater, water and sewer improvement projects. The closing is set for July 15.

Other items set for next week's meeting include: purchase of a fire safety house using grant funds the fire department secured; clean-up of a zoning ordinance; a request from Mulberry Drive residents who want the city to pave their chip-and-seal street ---- if it is a city street; a request for money from a Ninth Street resident who claims his vehicle sustained hail damage because he couldn't get to his garage while sidewalk work was under way; a lease agreement with St. John's for use of ambulance quarters recently completed at the fire station; the second reading of a TCA franchise ordinance; and, an executive session requested by Wastewater Plant Superintendent David Fredrick to discuss personnel matters.

Also, the council is set to consider a request from Robbie Bell and Terry Barnhill for a street dance at the city park following fireworks on July 3.

Compton said the dance could take place on the basketball court and the speakers could be turned towards the highway.

Public Works Director Buddy Fry said he planned to invite school Superintendent Dr. Larry Bennett, School Resource Officer Cpl. Gaylon Riggs and Transportation Supervisor Jerry Kuster to the meeting for a discussion and possible solution to traffic problems on South Arch Avenue. "We have two options," he said. "Maybe we could meld them together."

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