A year and a half after appointing Ray Gill to serve as an MRID Commissioner, the Horseshoe Bend City Council is now searching for his replacement.
Gill tendered his resignation to the council effective July 31.
In a letter addressed to Mayor Bob Spear, Gill said being a commissioner on the MRID was consuming too much of his personal time.
"It has been an interesting but exhaustive experience for me and while I believe much has been accomplished during the 16 months of my tenure, much remains to be done," Gill said.
Spear said Gill was an asset to the MRID and he would be missed.
"I'd like to thank Ray Gill for his service to the community," said Spear.
Gill said there are several problems his replacement and the other members of the MRID will have to deal with in the near future.
"The commissioners are being forced to deal with repair and maintenance problems," Gill said.
He said the commissioners should be working on policy and oversight issues and finding a solution to the MRID's chronic budget problems.
Spear said the city council could begin interviewing potential candidates to replace Gill next month.
The city council voted unanimously to replace an ice machine used by workers in the Public Works Department.
Spear said an ice machine is a necessity for the city's outdoor workers. He said when it is hot, they fill their water coolers with ice.
"We've had that old ice machine for a long time," Spear said. "We need a new one real bad."
The new ice machine will cost $1,762.26.
Mayor Spear invited all elected city officials to attend the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development summit meeting in Mountain Home Aug. 11.
Guest speakers for the event will include U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, Congressman Marion Berry, Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller and other public officials.
Spear said the purpose of the summit is too discuss economic development in the northern part of the state.