CV introduces new code enforcement officer
Chris Spurlock is a Cherokee Village Police Officer and serves the duel role of Code Enforcement Officer after being hired in January to fill the vacant position. He has worked for the city in the capacity of a police officer since April, 2009
Spurlock is a lifelong resident of the Fulton county area and a 1993 Viola High School graduate. He and his wife Mekka recently purchased a home in Cherokee Village. Mekka is a registered nurse in the Walnut Ridge area where she is employed as the area supervisor for Legacy Hospice. Chris is also a nurse with a licensed practical nursing license he obtained from Ozarka. The couple has three children who attend school in the Highland School District.
Among Spurlock's past employers include most recently, before coming to Cherokee Village with the police department, being a constable for the Fulton County Sheriff's Department. He also worked as a prison nurse for seven years including at Calico Rock, Cummins, Brickey's and Pine Bluff, among others. He lived briefly in Pine Bluff. Spurlock also worked for the Department of Community Punishment out of Little Rock.
Spurlock said in regard to his position as the Cherokee Village Code Enforcement officer that the spring brings about a lot of maintenance and yard clean up issues. He would like to make those residing in the city aware of some of the requirements by the city in regard to these issues.
All code enforcement violations are governed by city ordinances with fines varying with offense. Spurlock said resident's lawns must not exceed 10 inches in height. Any yard debris such as limbs and trash need to remain cleaned up. He said this includes branches and other natural debris that may have accumulated during the winter. He said while it is acceptable to burn yard debris that is natural vegetation, the burning of trash, building materials, paper and plastic is not allowed in the city. He said if there are any questions regarding acceptable practices, residents are invited to contact city hall at 257-5522.
Spurlock said the Village Pride Committee will be performing pick up in the city on April 17, this is not a city wide clean up, which will be set for a later date. He would like residents to be cautious on this day as the members help clean up trash and debris on the roadsides, not trash put out by the public. This type of city wide clean up will be announced.
Some other cautions Spurlock advised against include leaving trash out prior to a resident's scheduled pick up date. He said many people go on vacation and leave their household trash out a day or so early and a lot of coons and other animals, both domesticated and non domesticated are strewing the debris.
Another issue Spurlock addressed includes several illegal dump sites within Cherokee Village. He asked for the publics continued support with assisting both Code Enforcement and the police department with catching the suspects. He said if anyone witnesses someone traveling down a road that is normally not occupied by traffic, try to get a license plate number and report it to the proper authorities. He said by simply keeping an eye out, it greatly assists him and the police department in helping keep Cherokee Village clean.