MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring City Council met in regular session Aug. 7 at city hall.
Due to the recent resignation of fire chief Frank McComas, Mayor Jean Pace recommended to the council that Kenny Haney be appointed as fire chief. The council accepted the mayor's recommendation. McComas resigned his position due to being out of town often due to his job.
The council voted to pass a new ordinance pertaining to fireworks sales in the city. The ordinance sets a fine for anyone that does not purchase a permit to sell fireworks two weeks prior to selling them. The mayor told the council that the permit ordinance has been in place in the city since 1997. The new ordinance will allow the city to fine persons $100 for the first day they sell fireworks without a permit, and $25 for each day after that.
The mayor told the council she is in the process of writing a USDA grant to purchase a storm siren for the city. She said if the city receives the grant it will pay 75 percent of the $17,000 the siren costs. She said a company has already visited the city to see what type and size of storm siren is needed. She said the $17,000 cost covers installation.
Next on the agenda was a discussion about vacated and abandoned properties in the city. She addressed weeds and damaged buildings.
"The 86th Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 854 which gives cities and towns the ability to secure a lien on property after work has been undertaken to remove, abate or eliminate a condition in violation of local codes," Pace told the council.
She said there were some properties in the city that falls under these conditions.
"Act 854 permits the municipalities to receive priority status for clean-up liens. The amount of priority depends on the work done. The Act also allows cities to attach penalties directly to problem properties as foreclosurable," she said.
No decision was made by the council regarding any of the neglected property in the city.