City Council members met new Public Works Director Fred Glascock during its monthly meeting last week. Glascock is no stranger to the city having worked for the Heber Springs Water Department for 15 years. Council members approved rolling over his tenure with the Water Department to his new position. A discussion between Councilwoman Maureen Harrod and Mayor Jackie McPherson about the use of a city vehicle full time by Glascock followed. The concern for Harrod was how often would Emergency Use occur and was the decision consistent with what they have done is the past for others who drive city vehicles. It was determined Glascock will drive a city vehicle home because it was discussed in the hiring process and in his job description.
Glascock will travel to Southaven, Miss. with the Mayor to select a Grapple Truck then purchase the truck after the council agrees to waive the bidding process at the next city council meeting. The purchase is not to exceed $50,000. The grappling truck will be able to pick up limbs and other debris from the roadside increasing the safety of city work crews. The debris can be dumped at the Sanitation Department and chipped as inmate labor is available. Councilman Paul Muse suggested the purchase and was the one who found the 5 grappling trucks. Muse convinced his peers to move quickly and acquire one of the low mileage trucks. “They will serve the city for a long time to come at a bargain” said Muse. The cost of each truck new was estimated at $130,000. Money to pay for the truck will come from money set aside earlier in the year to purchase a new sanitation truck.
Council members approved an ordinance allowing owners and managers of businesses in the tourism industry who live outside the city limits but within Cleburne County to serve on the Advertising and Promotions Committee.
In the next council meeting councilmembers will be given a new plat of Greers Acres and a new legal description when they vote on closing part of Cares Drive to allow for a home to be built off Lakeshore Drive.
Also in the next council meeting a discussion will be followed up on as more information from Tom Belew is submitted.
Belew plans on building a Planned Urban Development (PUD) named Wisdom Pointe on Greers Ferry Lake off Johnson Lane.
Councilmembers want to see the Covenants Codes and Restrictions (CCR’s) or the Bill of Assurance for property owners who will buy in Wisdom Pointe.
Council meetings are held the third Thursday of every month beginning at 6 p.m. the public is invited to attend.