By Tammy Moore Teague
The Mansfield City Council met on Thursday evening in a regularly scheduled meeting. Council members present were Dave Johnson, Beverly Lyons, Sheri Hopkins and Rick McDaniel. Absent were Georganna Mabry and Jan Carlton. Also present were Mayor Mike Gipson and City Recorder/Treasurer Becky Walker.
After approving the October minutes and the financials, Police Chief Boyd Farmer gave the police report. Farmer advised the council of the departments plan to host Christmas with Kids on December 15. Five children will be chosen from the Mansfield School District to participate.
Next was the fire report from Chief Stephen Haysmer. Haysmer reported the department mainly responded to medical calls and advised the council of his intent to go to an ISO class in January. Walker commented that she had contacted LOPFI, the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System. They require that all volunteer firemen go on one incident per month to keep service credit. Otherwise, they would be terminated. This does not apply, however, if there are no incidents throughout the month.
Mayor Gipson reported no problems with public works, and that things were going well within that department. Walker reported on the success of the Dixie Theatre Fundraiser stating, “we had two good bands and cleared $250. We appreciate all those who donated concession items.” There will be a Dixie Theatre Committee meeting on November 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dixie in Mansfield.
In new business, the city attorney recommended the council act on the recommendation by the auditors. That recommendation was for the council to adopt two ordinances, one for Scott County and one for Sebastian County on the city millage. This measure will have to be taken annually. Both ordinances, 2018-3 and 2018-4 were both adopted unanimously by the council.
The council was presented with the proposed budget for 2019. No action was taken, but the council will have the opportunity to review the proposal before acting on it in the upcoming meeting.
With no other items of business, the meeting was adjourned.