Greers Ferry City Councilmen had two choices to choose from and then appoint a new council member during their regular monthly meeting held Tuesday night. The position was vacated after Councilman Mickey Stewart was appointed Mayor to finish the remainder of the late Mayor Don Ware’s term. After a short Executive Session to discuss appointing Larry Davis or Sandra Thornton, Councilman Bob Carr made a motion to appoint Larry Davis. A vote of 3-1 approved the appointment with Councilman Scott Hartsfield abstaining and Councilman Terry Thornton voting No. Mayor Stewart asked Justice of the Peace Garry Southerland to be in attendance to swear the new councilman into the position so the rest of the meeting could be held with a full council.
Councilman during the Cities Official Reports had little or no discussions. Police Chief Teagus Majors told the Council he found a part-time officer to stand-in until a replacement could be found for Patrolman Christopher Garrett who resigned for family matters. Councilman approved Chief Major’s request last month to hire a certified patrolman part time at an hourly rate until the first of the year giving the Chief time to search for a new police officer. The new Patrolman is Justin Thurman.
Street Department Supervisor Jackie Stewart put the council at ease when he told them the FEMA Project in Todd Davis Subdivision was completed on time. The main concern for councilmembers was not meeting the timeline for the completion of the FEMA Project and having to pay back the money.
It has yet to be determined if redistricting the Wards will be needed. City Attorney Jim Hensley was waiting for information from the Secretary of State’s office to review the data and see if the population growth in any Ward was greater than 10%, if so then redistricting will be required for equal representation.
Hensley asked for and received approval to ask Arkansas State Prosecutor Don McSpadden to hold more county court cases in Greers Ferry. Hensley said this would ease the work load at the Court House in Heber Springs and benefit fellow Attorney Holly Meyer who stands in for Hensley and vice versa. Hensley went on to say he would seek approval from the current and new District Judge’s Irwin and Lance Wright. The benefit for the city would be additional revenue.
In other business a flag contest for West Side Students 4th through 6th grades will be announced. The winner will design a city flag around the city seal and be announced at the December 11 council meeting.
Chamber of Commerce President JoAnn Wanat told the council the Chamber would be unable to take on the Fourth of July fireworks as stated last month. Mayor Stewart asked for all the information to be returned and will explore hosting the fireworks as a city event again.
Page 2 of 2 - Councilmen approved an ad in the paper to solicit applicants to fill the Park Commissioner position. Further discussion on this position, the positions salary and year round need will be handled during a budget workshop set for October 23 at 6 p.m.
Greers Ferry City Council meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend.