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Horseshoe Bend mayor will not seek re-election

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Spear will not seek another term.

"I have enjoyed working for the citizens of Horseshoe Bend but I will not seek re-election this year," Spear said at the Feb. 20 meeting of the Horseshoe Bend City Council.

"The past nine years for me, two years on the council and seven years as mayor, have been a rewarding time," Spear said.

Spear, 72, said that after 10 years he just wants to enjoy life a little bit.

Spear touched on many themes during the state of the city address, among them the $35,000 grant for a walking trail from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. He said the plans for 2006 are to install some benches and landscape the area, possibly with the help of the Calico Rock prisoners.

Spear also said the new library came close to completion in 2005. "I'm quite sure 2006 will see the opening of a beautiful new library at (Highway) 289 and Club Road," he said.

Spear said the city addresses unsightly property through its code enforcement office. He said during the year the office had worked on 210 violations.

"We will continue to do the very best we can. I do, however, fail to understand why we need to inform some of the violators to mow and trim their lawn every month," he said.

Spear said the building permit committee has issued permits for 10 new homes totaling $1,899,480, for a new airport hangar for $38,000 and remodeling for $523,725.

In other business:

* The city council voted to donate $7,000 toward the purchase of a heat imaging camera for the Horseshoe Bend Fire Department.

* Lots 9 and 10 in the industrial park will not be sold to That's Me Reality. That's Me Reality had wanted to purchase the lots and place a sign on the properties. Spear said it might jeopardize attracting industry to the city.

The decision passed unanimously

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