Mansfield City Council Meets

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The Mansfield City Council met on Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m. After calling the meeting to order, and approving the minutes and financial statements from July, the council heard the city services reports.

First, Charlie Little, Public Works Director, reported that they have worked on multiple water leaks, spent time spraying and trimming brush. He stated they have had 88 service orders and performed 20 line locations.

Additionally, Little commented on the new trash service to the City of Hartford. “It is going better than I expected it would.”

Little also informed the council of a new hire, Johnny Hinkle. Also, that he and Officer Kelly Perez will be attending animal control certification training September 9-13.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have been notified about wild hogs being spotted at the Mansfield City Lake. The AGFC is reportedly working with the property owner to trap them.

Lastly, Little shared with the council information on an upgrade at the sewer plant. The upgrade will eliminate yearly replacements totaling nearly $1,000 per year. The upgrade was a one time purchase of $650 and is expected to last at least five years. “We’re pretty excited about that,” concluded Little.

Next, Police Chief Wayne Robb gave his report. The monthly activity log for the department was: (Scott County) 22 citations and one warrant; (Sebastian County) one citation and three warrants. Additionally, the department worked 31 calls, 31 agency assists, five incident/arrest reports, 50 total traffic stops with 40 warnings, three accidents and two animal calls. In total, the department received 589 hours of training.

Michael Smith, Fire Chief, reported that he is continuing to work with grant writer, Shelby Allen, and with SWEPCO on a possible pole donation for the new tornado siren.

Currently, there are 13 members on the fire department. Smith reported the brush trucks and ladder trucks continue to be problematic. He is hoping to replace the two brush trucks with one newer truck, which, according to him, will help with insurance costs.

The fire department assisted with the Chamber of Commerce’s Fishing Derby and hosted a fundraiser. With that fundraiser they cleared $285.52. Smith said, “thanks to James Steele, who helped us with his time.”

The department received two bids for a roof replacement on the station. The council ultimately awarded that bid to D&V.

Lastly, Smith commented on the recent fire at the apartment complex in town. “It is still under investigation. I had the Fort Smith Fire Marshals come to check along with a Shelter Insurance Investigator.They also had two other fire calls and eight EMS calls. “We are looking better, hope we can add some more people to the department soon.”

Matt Ketcham, City Attorney, was present, but had no report.

Next, the council discussed items of unfinished business. That included an update to the pension deposit. A new ordinance will need to be drawn up by Ketcham for the council to vote on at the next meeting. Lastly, Mayor Buddy Black updated the council on the telemetry installation. According to Black, the tentative start date is set for August 30-September 2, and will be completed within a few days.

In items of new business, the council voted to return the payroll account, which was previously closed due to fraudulent activity, tothe general fund account.

Mansfield resident David Carlton, who was present at the meeting, is asking the city to de-annex him. Carlton was only recently made aware that a new mapping system had his property lying within the city limits. The city attorney will be preparing the documents to put before the council at the next meeting.

Lastly, Black asked Little to explain to the council the proposed purchase of a lift station aeration system for the sewer plant. This would be an added step in eliminating the odors emitted from the plant. The council sought more information before acting, and will reconsider at a later date.

After fielding comments from the audience and hearing from resident James Steele, the meeting of the Mansfield City Council was adjourned.

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Tammy Moore Teague

Tammy Moore Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

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