Ashdown Council approves 2018 budget

Updated: January 12, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

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The Ashdown City Council held its first meeting of the year Monday evening at Ashdown City Hall.

Following a prayer by Mayor James Sutton and the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council voted to approve the minutes from the December 2017 meeting as well as the December 2017 financial report.

Next the Council heard from citizen Ladera Northcross. Northcross told the Council that as she was turning off of Hwy. 32 Bypass onto Martin Luther King Drive, she met another vehicle and had to pull over off the side of the road to allow the other car room to pass. In doing so, she damaged a tire and light on her vehicle. She wanted to know if the city would pay for the tire.
“If city streets were kept up I wouldn’t have to come to the Council about a $180 tire,” Northcross said to the Council.

While the Council was sympathetic, Ward 2 Councilman Darren Adkison stated that if the city were to pay for Northcross’ tire then it would be obligated to fix every citizen’s vehicle that the owner felt was damaged by some fault of the city.

“If we start, where do we stop,” Adkison asked.

Ward 3 Councilman and former mayor Wayne Reed told the Council that the city does not pay for such things.

Under old business, the Council approved the second reading of an ordinance pertaining to moving a building inside city limits.

Under new business, the Council voted to amend the 2017 budget for the Water Department and the city’s general fund.

The Council then voted unanimously to pass the 2018 budgets for the Water Department and the City.

The last item of business was the adoption of Ordinance No. 892. This ordinance amended Ordinances No. 653 and 719 regarding reimbursement of expenses incurred by city employees during travel. This ordinance was necessary to bring Ashdown inline with state averages, something that had not been done in several years.

With no further business before the Council, the meeting was adjourned. The Ashdown City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month.