MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace gave an update of recent grants the city has received to the city council at their regular meeting July 7.
She said the Mammoth Spring Police Department recently received a grant for $4,500 to purchase rifles, heavy duty re-chargeable flashlights and security vests.
A grant from the White River Solid Waste District for $694 will pay 75 percent of the cost for a new heavy duty chain saw for the city.
Pace told the council she is also in the progress of writing a grant for the fire department for new fire hoses.
The council discussed the need for some improvements on some properties and yards in the city. Yards are to be mowed to the street and ditches are to be kept clean and clear. The council decided to follow an ordinance already on the city books that says if a yard or property is not kept mowed the city will mow it and send a bill to the person in charge of the property. If the bill is not paid, the city can put a lien on that property.
The council reviewed a racial profiling ordinance concerning the police department that was passed by the council several years ago. Pace told the council the state has added some requirements for city police departments and the ordinance will have to be amended. She said in the future city police officers will have to keep a log of everyone they stop, what time they stopped them, what day they stopped them, why they stopped them and if they were a minority.
Council members and the mayor expressed gratitude to Riverview Nursery for their donation of flowers to the intersection project in the city.
They discussed a problem with a ditch in the city where the property owner lives out of town. The ditch gets a lot of water run-off from Highway 9 and needs to be completely cleaned out.
The council voted to test the new storm warning siren the first Monday of every month.