Green Forest annexation making progress

Friday, June 13, 2014

GREEN FOREST -- Plans to expand Green Forest's boundaries are moving forward, reported Mayor Charles Reece at Monday's council meeting. He said a hearing with the county judge on the project went smoothly.

"We are preparing our draft ordinates as we speak," Reece said in his mayoral update. "I figure by September 1 we should have it all said and done."

The annexation project was presented as having little impact on wastewater. The wastewater lift station will serve only about half the amount of people it was expected to.

Progress on the the project to increase the drainage capacity for the Sixth Street ditch is moving along well, although slowed by the recent rainy weather. The city expects to complete the project in about a month.

In his update, Reece also gave information about the Independence Day fireworks, which are scheduled for July 5th at City Park. Setup will start at 2 p.m. and the event will last until about 6. There will be free food provided by Tyson Foods and Assembly of God Church, as well as a bouncy house and water slides for the kids.

Reece additionally discussed the plan to have the metal removed from the Jackson Insurance building. The city intends to ultimately remove the metal facing from all of the buildings on the square, in order to make the buildings look original and improve the image of the town.

Also, there will be a new business going in next to Jackson, called Harmonious Heart. It is focused on energy, medicine, reiki, natural oils, feng shui, and meditation, among other things.

A new tanning salon is open that will ultimately have a fitness center, and a Chinese restaurant is set to open soon.

Green Forest High School soccer players were present at the meeting for a proclamation by the mayor honoring their team for being the 4A Boys State Soccer Champions. The team won 4A, despite the fact they are a 3A team.

Council also approved the Wastewater Department to have a submersible pump repaired for $6,768.78.

Personnel is changing at the police department, with The Police Department is experiencing some changes in personnel. Larry Brummett, an officer for 17 years, has retired from the department and will be replaced by Tucker Mallett, who is currently at the Academy but will be out in about six weeks. The Police Department is looking for candidates for part-time officers as well.

Reece said the city is looking at introducing an ordinance to require a set of building plans drawn to scale for permits to build residences. Permits are currently issued for houses without them. Plans would not necessarily be required from an architect, he said by phone later. Kit house plans such as those provided by home improvement stores could suffice.

The city council also approved motions to move $499.50 of extra funds from the Court account to the City General, and $10,000 from the City General to the LOPFI account.

Finally, the council approved two resolutions. The first, resolution 2014-03, allows the mayor to apply for a $50,000 fire protection grant in order to purchase a brush truck for the fire department. The second, resolution 2014-04, authorizes the mayor to apply for a community enhancement grant to purchase park lighting.

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