Foreman City Council holds monthly meeting

Updated: July 6, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Foreman City Council held it monthly June meeting on Monday, June 18, at the Foreman Community Center.

Following an opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the minutes of the May meeting were presented for approval or correction. Alderwoman Alana Cody made the motion to approve the minutes as presented and Alderman Perry Young seconded the motion. The motion carried.

The financial report for May was presented for review and approval. Cody made the motion to approve the report with Alderman Bill Harp seconding the motion. The motion passed.

Mayor Judy Adams presented a final report of the Clean-up Campaign. There were approximately 45 volunteers to assist with the trash pickup on Saturday, June 9. Many, many bags of trash were picked up along the streets of Foreman in all directions as well as lots of weed-eating along buildings and grounds. During the week of the clean-up, many residents cleaned up old appliances and other discarded items from their property for trash pickup. Results were very good for the week. A special thank you went to the sponsors, Horatio State Bank of Foreman, Wooden Spoon, Ash Grove Cement, Young’s Grocery, and Gauldin’s Trash Service. Foreman School students, high school and junior high cheerleaders, FHS football team and Foreman Livestock 4H Club also participated.

Adams told the Council that the new New Holland tractor has been delivered and has been put to good use very quickly.

Adams presented a follow-up report on the purchasing of the Regions Bank building and other details of the contract were discussed.

Adams announced that the City would be hosting the District Water meeting on Thursday, June 28. The meeting was held in the Community Center. Barbecue ribs and smoked brisket with potato salad and cole slaw was served. She invited all council members to the meeting.

A report from Little River County Sheriff Bobby Walraven was presented to the Council. For the month of May, deputies traveled 2,764 miles and responded to 48 calls for service.

There were four disturbance calls, three theft calls, two burglary calls, three medical calls, four accident calls, three animal complaints, and two suspicious person calls. There were five misdemeanor arrests, two warrants served, and 25 warnings, and 16 citations given. There were 13 open doors during security checks. Fines for the month totaled $3,130. Adams and Council members thanked the Sheriff’s Department for their services.

Tommy McDonald gave a report of the park and future plans which are being worked on.

Water Department Supervisor Eddie Smith reported on possible plans which are being considered for the wastewater plant according to the City’s engineer, Glen Spears.

Under Unfinished Business, Adams requested Ordinance 325 be read for the third and final reading. Theresa Woods read the Ordinance.

Under New Business, Adams presented Ordinance 328 for adoption. Ordinance 328 would allow the City of Foreman to hire or contract with Jay Ray Kent for various jobs or work after normal working hours. Jay Ray Kent has recently become an employee for the City and had previously performed many jobs for the city with his partner, Gene Chamlee, who has recently retired due to health issues. Young made a motion to adopt Ordinance 328 under emergency clause. Harp seconded the motion to adopt the Ordinance. The motion carried.

The Legislative Audit for 2017 was presented for review and approval. The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee approved the audit on June 8, 2018. Adams was pleased to announce there were no Findings for the City with the audit.

The Mayor was pleased to announce that the City was recently presented with a land donation by Paul Gregory (108 Schuman). Legal Description: Lot Twenty-six (26) in Block Forty-one (41), Town of Foreman, Little River County, Arkansas; SUBJECT TO any and all easements, restrictions and right-of-way of record and any oil, gas, and/or other mineral interests heretofore conveyed or reserved of record. Discussion followed regarding hiring an engineer to advise the city on the properties and concerns. All Council members were in agreement to hire an engineer before any future plans were started.

Gregory also owns property at 203 Schuman St. which he would like to donate to the City. This particular property is in need of repair or possible demolition. The Council would like the engineer to also look at this property and advise the City of any concerns. Adams stated she would begin working on this project as soon as possible.

Adams also reported that several new businesses would soon be opening or reopening – Subway and the old Sunrise Cafe on Hwy 41. The businesses should be opening in the near future she thought. Both businesses have been sold to new owners.

Mayor Adams then asked for an Executive Session to discuss personnel. Cody made a motion to adjourn to the Executive Session. Alderman Tommy McDonald seconded the motion. The motion passed.

After a brief Executive Session, the meeting returned to its regular session. Harp made a motion to move Kent to full-time status with the street department. Young seconded and the motion carried.

With no further business before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.

The next regular Council meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018.