The fields will be named Estes Carpenter in honor of Hayden Estes and Boyd Carpenter, Roe Clay in honor of Preacher Roe and Robert Clay, Orr Nix in honor of Roy Orr and Billy Nix and Garner King in honor of Linn Garner and Kenneth King. The sports complex will be in memory of A.L. Hudson. The council voted unanimously to accept the names as proposed by Judge Kevin King.
King, who is in charge of the 10.5-acre addition to the park, said the addition will allow seven games to be playing at once. Parking will also be expanded to accommodate the expected increase in use.
The council also approved naming the playground area of the park after Mayor Brien Nix Hall's grandparents. The family has given $6,000 cash for the park and purchased a $4,000 gazebo, he said.
The council passed a resolution to request authorization to change city policy. Recorder/treasurer Charlotte Goodwin said the city entered into an agreement in 1972 that excluded elected officials, fire department and police department personnel from Social Security withholdings.
The city administration was unaware of the situation until recently and had been paying into Social Security for all employees. With the resolution accepted, the city police and fire personnel's Social Security withholdings will be transferred to their LOPFI fund, a retirement fund especially for police and fire personnel.
The council unanimously passed a resolution allowing the city to enter into a lease/purchase agreement for a Kubota 21-horsepower, zero-turn tractor. The lease will be for a 24-month term at 6.99-percent interest. The lease will cost the city $405.03 per month. The city will seek sealed bids for two lawnmowers not currently used.
The council approved a resolution allowing the city to enter into an agreement allowing the White River Planning and Development District to administer a grant awarded to the city by the Arkansas Department of Economic Development to purchase a new firetruck.
The council accepted a conditional deed of gift from the Department of the Army allowing the city to place a howitzer at the American Veterans' Memorial currently under construction near the Ash Flat City Park on Nix Ridge Road.
The council passed the third reading of an ordinance assessing a permit fee on each billboard within the city limits. Owners will be charged 10 cents per square foot of advertising space.