The Horseshoe Bend City Council welcomed two new aldermen into its ranks and passed an ordinance amending the city's 2005 budget Jan. 24.
Ordinance 2005-02, which amends the budget, was unanimously approved by the city council.
Horseshoe Bend Recorder/treasurer Sally Pohl said the city amends its budget at the beginning of each year after the income and expenditures from the previous year are calculated.
New council members, Ward 1 Position 1 Alderman David Seibert, and Ward 3 Position 1 Alderman Willie Moser, voted for the first time since their election in November.
Moser defeated incumbent Ron Dupler. Seibert was unopposed for the Ward 1 seat after incumbent Smiley Lenhardt opted to retire.
An ordinance to amend the city's lakes regulations was placed on its first reading.
Ordinance 2005-01 would amend the MRID rules and regulations that were passed in July 1997.
Pohl said all existing MRID rules and regulations would remain in effect for the city's three lakes -- Crown, Diamond and Pioneer.
The amendment would ban the use of gas powered motors on Pioneer Lake.
The ordinance also stipulates that people 11 years old or younger may not operate a boat with a motor stronger than 10 horsepower unless under the supervision of an adult.
Pohl said a similar rule is already in effect, but this amendment would alter the wording of the ordinance to match the wording of U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
Mayor Bob Spear said the city is contemplating a special deer hunting session, possibly in September, to thin the rising deer population within the city limits.
"The high deer population constitutes a major road hazard," Spear said.
He said he talked with Eddie Lindenbadger of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to arrange the special hunt.
Spear said he will meet with Game and Fish Commission representatives next month in Calico Rock to explore the viability of an off-season hunt.
He said Bull Shoals instituted a similar special deer hunt several years ago to thin its deer population.