Jack Bates and Kevin Gorskey explained to the city council the various options available to the city for membership in the Air Evac Life team. The men explained the system and its roots in West Plains, as well as prices for membership. They also educated the city council on the various trauma centers to which their helicopters fly patients for various reasons including trauma, stroke and heart attacks. Gorskey offered discounted rates for city employees if there were 50 or more members who sign up at the same time. The council will consider the available options for the service. The men said the service is, "The best thing to happen to you on your worst day."
In other business, Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley told the council that representatives of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission had conducted the spot check on the deer population in Cherokee Village and said that it would take from three to five years to thin the population to the recommended size herd. The public voted on a special hunt last year to help control the over population of deer in Cherokee Village. The same type of bow hunt was again suggested for this year and subsequent years to address the problem.
A motion was made by Alderman Lynn Maxedon to allow the special bow hunt to be conducted in Cherokee Village, the motion was seconded by Alderwoman Verna Mae Newman. The motion carried following the vote by council. Alderman Billie Shelton sustained from the vote.
In other business, the council discussed the possibility of purchasing a 2007 Dodge four wheel drive vehicle from the Cherokee Village Fire Department for the code enforcement officer to drive.
The council also discussed payment options and whether a four wheel drive vehicle is the best solution for an officer who only works 2 -1/2 days per week. The motion to purchase the vehicle from the fire department if they were to allow payments over a five year period was made by Alderman Lynn Maxedon, it was seconded by Alderman Russ Stokes. The vote was taken and Aldermen Tom Thone, Peter Martin and Billie Shelton voted no on the issue. The vote carried with the remainder of council voting yes to purchasing the vehicle.
Cherokee Village City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Cherokee Village City Hall.