Rector Council Meets, Advances Licenses Ordinance
Much of the discussion at the monthly Rector City Council meeting, held Monday April 2, focused on the March 31 celebration in the city. The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Celebration, which included the parade, ceremony, fish fry, and Jimmy Fortune concert were well attended. The event was planned, organized and arranged by a local committee chaired by Joey Pruett with assistance in some endeavors by City of Rector employees. Council member Lark Sigsby placed accolades into the minutes for official appreciation from Rector City Council for the superb effort, organization, and cooperation of multiple city groups to bring the event and recognition to Vietnam Era Veterans in the Northeast Arkansas area. Brad Green, appearing in city superintendent Todd Watson’s absence, noted that Gazaway of Paragould and Bartons of Kennett donated the lumber used to refurbish the bleachers which were moved into place for the ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Lark Sigsby gave further information to the council regarding the fish fry held at Rector United Methodist Church. Vietnam veterans and families were treated to a free fish dinner and over 375 were served with many more requesting take-out packs. The positive energy from this event, the mayor commented, is far more than can be reported.
Turning their attention to city business, the council heard the second reading of the Side-by-Side Golf Cart Ordinance, title only, which had been brought forward by David Romine with the second given by Lark Sigsby. Next month, at the May city council meeting, the ordinance will be read for the third and final time and then presented for the vote. Kim Isom and Cam Cate were present in the audience to give the council public support for the ordinance.
Mayor Teresa Roofe, along with city attorney Kimberly Dale, advised the council members about the steps necessary to change election procedure for city council members from two year to four year terms. They noted an ordinance will be presented during either the July or August meetings, so the change can be placed on the November 2018 ballot. The change would be fully implemented in 2020 when rotating terms would be created. Attorney Dale stated the change would be decided in the special election and council member Sigsby reminded the council that two council members would be elected so that at no time would all four council member positions be up for re-election.
The water department reported six new connects, seven disconnects. Code enforcement reported the pick-up of nine dogs and issuance of one building permit. Street department noted no cuts, two sign repairs, and 16 pot hole repairs. These reports were presented by Green. Property issues were not addressed due to Watson’s absence.
The Community Center reported 14 events along with the well-attended Jimmy Fortune Concert held March 31. David Romine stated that over 300 tickets were sold prior to the event, reporting for Kim Romine and Linda Robinson, community center director.
Fire chief Huston Bowden stated there were fewer calls this month than March of the previous year, as six city calls and five county calls were made. He also presented two resignations and one addition for the department. Nancy Enogh and Terry Burdin have resigned, and their resignations accepted by the council. Eric Bohr was added to the department, and his appointment was then approved by the council.
Police chief Glenn Leach reported one accident in the city and 11 items listed on the court docket, resulting in a collection of $1,905 in fees.
Some interest for the Northeast Arkansas Training Center building was reported by Mayor Roofe. She also noted the city usually starts spraying to eradicate mosquitoes at this time, but the weather has been prohibitive. She indicated she thinks the spraying can begin by April 15.