Mansfield City Council Meets

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The Mansfield City Council met in regular session on Thursday evening, February 22.

After approving the minutes and financial statements from the previous month, the council heard from the Scott-Sebastian Regional Library Director, Rene Myers. Myers informed the council of her intent to attend periodic council meetings. –See related story

Next, the report from the Recorder/Treasurer. Becky Walker commented on the success of the recent Dixie Theater fundraiser. Over 100 people attended, and they raised over $600. –See related story.

Following Walker, Police Chief Boyd Farmer submitted a letter to the council regarding his retirement. Farmer has served the city for the past 16 years. –See related story.

Mansfield City Attorney, Matt Ketcham reported that things were “quiet.” He added that he “appreciated the service of Police Chief Boyd Farmer.” Ketcham will be working on combining current animal ordinances into one.

Fire Chief Stephen Haysmer reported on the recent equipment upgrade, and the members on the department who are undergoing training. The council voted to accept the application of a new member of the MVFD.

In matters of unfinished business, the council voted to allow Landmark Engineering to proceed with their inspection and estimation of what upgrades will be necessary to accept increased liquid volume from the Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center. Mayor Buddy Black informed the council of the charges of HVAC repair to the Senior Center and about the estimated costs of tree removal and clean up from city hall. The council voted to accept a bid to do that work.

Following that discussion, Black recommended the council go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. The council reconvened at 8:05 p.m.

Black reported to the council about the increase in dog complaints and the need to re-examine old, outdated ordinances. Additionally, Black asked the council about the sell of two old Crown Victoria police units sitting behind the station. The council voted to advertise the sell of both of those cars.

Lastly, the council voted to make a change to their personnel policy handbook. The city will now utilize hair follicle testing to screen for drug use, as opposed to a urinalysis.

Before adjourning, Corporal Tom Garrison handed each member of the council an envelope and gave his notice of intent to apply for the position of Mansfield Police Chief.

With no other items of business, or further comments, a motion was made to adjourn.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy 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; 20+ years experience in the news.

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