MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring City Council passed two ordinances at their meeting Aug. 7.
The first ordinance prohibits the use of jake breaks in the Mammoth Spring city limits. The council voted to impose a $100 fine on persons in violation of the ordinance. The new ordinance will go into effect when the jake brakes signs are posted at the city limits.
The second ordinance prohibits the possession of an open container of beer or liquor in the Mammoth Spring city limits. The ordinance states: "A person in possession of a container of intoxicating beer, malt liquor or other intoxicating liquor in a vehicle that is under his control, or a passenger with an open container in a vehicle, on any public street, alley or sidewalk, public park, public lot, vacant lot, store building, public building, or any place in the city outside of a private property dwelling or abode is guilty of the violation of this ordinance and is subject to a fine of $200."
The council voted to use the city's trash ordinance to take action on some of the property in the city that needs cleaned up. In the future residents will be notified their property needs to be cleaned up and, if proper action is not taken, city and state law allows the city to clean up the property, put a lien on it and foreclose on the property.
Mayor Jean Pace gave the council an update on recent grants received by the city. She said the city had received a 50/50 matching grant from Tree City USA for $446 to purchase a chain saw and tree trimmer.
The Mammoth Spring Volunteer Fire Department received a matching grant for $1,000. Pace said they will be buying one new set of turnout gear and three new canisters for breathing apparatuses.
Pace told the council the city has received an $11,600 recycling grant from the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District to buy a new city dump truck. She said due to the grant the city will only have to pay 25 percent of the cost of the truck.
The mayor said state bids are let twice a year on used state vehicles and in September she will be reviewing bids to see if a dump truck like one needed by the city is available.