Council Approves Hiring Deputy Court Clerk; Approves Chip Sealing Several Roads

Aug 30th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Top Story

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

The Beebe City Council approved hiring Misty Perkins as a deputy court clerk Monday night at the regular monthly meeting. The salary will be $10 per hour.  The council heard a presentation from Dr. Robert Beavers on behalf of the Beebe Chamber of Commerce regarding the city paying a portion of the salary of the yet-to-be-hired part-time Chamber director and possible Economic Development Director - as was the position held by Dr. Ruth Couch until her recent retirement.  The Chamber offered to pay $10,000 and asked the city to pay $25,000 for a Chamber/Economic Development Director.  Previously, the city paid 50% of the salary. The Council went into executive session to discuss the matter and returned with the announcement that the city would not be part of this position at this time. It is still uncertain if the city will furnish the Chamber with an office in City Hall as it has in the past.

The Council heard of problems the city is having with tennants leaving town and taking their city-owned Waste Management trash cans with them. The council agreed to pass an ordinance requiring landlords to cover these costs and alerting tennants that they are responsible for leaving those trash cans.

The council approved an ordinance waiving the competitive bidding for paving Fire Station #3 and North Fir Street. They also approved the chip sealing of the following roads: E. Priest, Ballpark, Northridge Place, Blue Bird and N. Fir.

The council agreed to donate their 2006 Impala to the Bald Knob schools for use as a resource officer vehicle. The city will take bids for a 2007 Crown Victoria.

The council took time before the actual meeting started to recognize Dr. Ruth Couch for her years of community service and presented her with a crystal clock with an inscription on it. (See story above - this page).