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Mansfield City Council Meets, Approves Ordinances


The Mansfield City Council met in a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, July 18. After the approval of the June minutes and financial statements, the council moved to other items of business.

Public Works Director Charlie Little gave his report. Little said the department assisted in the removal of several downed trees in the area following recent storms. Also, the diversion for drivers when water reached the highway near Casey’s General Store. Lastly, that they had received the slide for the Connie McConnell Memorial Park and are in the process of putting it together. A plaque honoring Darlene Boyd, who purchased the slide, will also be erected.

City Employee Tony Gregory has received his Waste Water III license from the Arkansas Rural Water Association. The City Council voted to give Gregory a raise as a result.

Mayor Black and former Mayor Hurt met with ARDOT about the flooding at the “S” curve going out of town on Highway 96. The ditch was deemed to be the responsibility of the city. The city will continue to work with the Arkansas Department of Transportation on road conditions.

Next, Fire Chief Michael Smith gave his report. The department has had five fire calls and 17 EMS calls. Work, according to Smith, has been ongoing on the repairs for several of the vehicles. Also, that the ceiling of the fire station has damage due to leaks. They are currently awaiting a bid for repair work.

The department gave a donation to Northwest Scott VFD, which included some gear. “They were very appreciative,” stated Smith. Lastly, the department returned the old tanker truck to the Arkansas Forestry Service.

Billy Turnipseed and Jason Edwards were both approved to join the fire department. Mayor Black then spoke about a resignation of one of the fire department members, and went on to praise Smith for his work hours and dedication to rebuilding the fire department.

The Mansfield VFD will be hosting a fundraiser pancake breakfast $5 per plate on August 10, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. It will include your choice of bacon or sausage and drink.

City Attorney Matt Ketcham gave his report and presented the council with several new ordinances he had prepared. One was in response to the passage and utilization of medical marijuana. The other was in reference to the solid waste pickup for the City of Hartford. The council adopted both of those ordinances.

Shelby Allen, the city’s grant writer, asked the council to approve a resolution authorizing her to apply for a matching grant. “What we are asking for is $15,000 and it would be for three new storm sirens,” stated Allen. “If Sebastian County or Scott County send out the code online, it automatically sets these off. It should save us 5-10 minutes.” The resolution was passed unanimously.

Mayor Black asked the council to consider allowing the sell of fireworks within the city limits. The council took no immediate action.

With no other items of business, the meeting of the Mansfield City Council was adjourned.

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