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Hardy receives new fire truck

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Photo/submitted by Nina Thornton Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton with Ted Martin as she accepts the keys to the fire truck donated by the Watseka Fire Department in Watseka, Ill., for the Hardy Fire Department Aug. 16.
Hardy City Council met in their regular bi-monthly meeting Aug. 18 at Hardy City Hall.

The meeting was opened with Brother Roger Brewer with Lighthouse Apostolic Church offering the invocation.

The issue of how the city will address the prospect of Sharp County becoming wet was discussed. Several options for the city were discussed but nothing was decided. Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton said the city is being proactive in their planning. The item will be on the agenda at future meetings until a decision is made. Thornton will be inviting area pastors to a future council meeting to allow their input on this topic.

 The issue of the four-way stop sign at Fourth and Main Streets was deferred because Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose could not be present for the meeting.

A discussion on Worker's Compensation time was also deferred to another meeting.

In new business, Thornton announced the much anticipated arrival of the Hardy Fire Department's fire truck. She said the truck arrived Sunday from Watseka, Ill. The truck was donated by the Watseka Fire Department and delivered by Ted Martin to the city. Ted is Cherokee Village Alderman Peter Martin's brother and a member of the Watseka Fire Department. Martin delivered the truck on his vacation time.

Thornton also announced that she plans to apply for a grant to build an emergency shelter. Thornton said the grants are made available through a Community Development Block Grant through White River Planning and Development (WRPD). The funds are used to addresss damages done by the floods and tornado's in 2008 and are only available to areas presidentially declared disaster areas.

The grant submissions will be reviewed by WRPD before being submitted to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).

Thornton said local architect Larry Bronson has drawn up some plans for the potential shelter.

Announcements for upcoming events included the Aaron Bogart Music Show to be held in the Hardy Gym Aug. 22 and a Cruise In The Park to be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Loberg Park Aug. 29.

The next meeting of Hardy City Council will be held Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Hardy City Hall.

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As a person who lived in small towns that wanted to be like a city I hope and pray that Mayor Thornton will listen to someone who's been there seen that. I am sure that "going wet" as you call it will possibly bring more revenue but the horrible price it will bring in lost homes, families, spouses and jobs, it will never be worth it. As far as the Emergency Shelter, I believe that people in an emergency situation will step up to the plate and pull together to help one another out. Thankfully Watseka was there to help you out with the fire truck. That's how life is supposed to work, everyone helping each other. Putting in an Emergency Shelter although an honorable idea will only serve in the end to make people rely on the city more and more and not worry about each other. I've seen this way too many times and it scares the heck out of me to see this happen to your beautiful little town. I really hope that you reconsider and just keep the town small. Small town+small government=low taxes=happy people=steady growth. I'll be happy to talk to anyone on this subject, I've sent a letter to the editor and he has my phone #. Feel free to give me a call. Remember:

"The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing"

Thank you for listening.

-- Posted by toomuchcity on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 6:11 PM

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