Foreman City Council holds monthly meeting

Updated: September 7, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Foreman City Council held its monthly meeting on August 20, at the Foreman Community Center.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Judy Adams followed by an opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the July meeting were presented for review approval. Alderman Perry Young made a motion to approve the minute as presented with Alderman Duck Gauldin seconding. The motion carried.

The financial report for July was presented for review and discussion. After review, Gauldin made a motion to approve with Alderman Bill Harp seconding the motion. The motion passed.

Under Citizen’s Comments, Rodney Long spoke for the citizens group, Brianna Segraves and Peggy Bloxham. These citizens have been working with the Parks and Recreational Commission trying to establish another ball field at the park. Long explained they had previously raised $10,244 and wanted to put this money toward building a new ball field which would be usable for T-ball up to 12 year old or ladies softball teams. To date, three bids were received for the fence supplies. The lowest bid was $13,170 for the supplies for the ball field fences. An additional amount of $2,925 was needed to be able to finish the fence. Local citizens were providing the labor. Long explained that the Parks and Recreation Division of Arkansas had approved the new field and the group had followed original plans for the location. Long asked if the City would be able to assist with the balance of $2,925 for the fence supplies and its completion. If the field could be completed, it could be usable by fall. The council discussed the proposals and agreed the additional field would be an asset to the park and the community in the future. Gauldin made a motion to approve the requested amount of $2,925 from IDC funds to promote our community and the park and Harp seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Adams reported that the Regions Bank building purchase was complete and the deed has been filed. She also reported that the property or lots on Schuman Street have been donated and the deed has been filed also. Discussion followed regarding future possibilities for the properties. A thank you note for the donated lots has been sent. Mayor Adams also reported on the IRS appeal.

The report from the Little River County Sheriff’s Office was reviewed. Deputies traveled 3,260 miles during the month. There were 45 calls for service which included three disturbance calls, two theft call, three medical calls, three accident calls, six animal complaints, and one suspicious person calls. Deputies made one felony arrest, seven misdemeanor arrests, served four warrants, and issued 20 warnings and 11 citations. Fines for the month totaled $2,583.99. There was discussion of trucks jake braking as they are coming into Foreman from all directions of the city. The signs which were posted on the highways stating “NO JAKE BRAKING” have disappeared, Adams stated. Four new signs will be purchased and placed along the highways again.

Under Unfinished Business, Adams reported she has located a structural engineering firm, Design Build Consultants out of Texarkana. She has discussed some of the issues of Foreman with them that she and the council have been looking at regarding the structural safety of some of the buildings and other issues as discussed for future plans and development. She reported their charges for consulting are hourly. After discussion the council members requested the Mayor proceed with the engineering firm for consultation on the problems as have been discussed.

With no further business before the Council, Alderwoman Helen Dixon made a motion to adjourn with Young seconding the motion. The motion carried.

The next regular council meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, September 17, at the Foreman Community Center.