City Council Approves Covering Costs of Mural Project; Hires Summer Workers for Park; Approves Contract with Attys.

Apr 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Top Story

LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

The Beebe City Council met Monday night, April 27, for their regular monthly meeting.  Next month’s meeting will be held May 18th – due to the regular time being on Memorial Day.

The council heard a presentation from Mrs. Melba Brackin and Thomas Fernandez – art instructor at ASU-Beebe about a proposed mural which will honor veterans. The mural will be painted on the west wall of the Wilbur Mills Co-op building on Main St.  The mural will show silhouettes of veterans from the Doughboys and Yeomenettes of World War I to the modern soldier and representing all four branches of the military – both sexes. The painting will take place the week of July 20-July 27 or week of July 27-Aug. 3 – depending on the weather. The commemoration will be on Veterans Day, Wed., Nov. 11, 2015. The anticipated expense of materials is around $1500-$2000 plus equipment. The council agreed, along with Mayor Robertson, to fund the project.

The council approved allowing Mayor Robertson to contract with  Scott Bles of Bles Law Firm, PLC (and city atty.)  and Jonathan Streit of Lightle, Raney, Streit & Streit, LLP,  Attys., Searcy in the city’s Writ of Mandamus suit, filed April 17th, against White County, Co. Judge Michael Lincoln, all Quorum Court members and White County Treasurer Janet Hibbitts. The suit asks for the Defendants to remit to the Plaintiff (City of Beebe) its appropriate share of the 5% of the funds allocated for volunteer fire departments retroactively for five years in accordance with the statute of limitations set forth in Ark. Code Ann. Section 16-56-115. The Plaintiff also asks Defendants pay the Plaintiff’s reasonable costs, expenses, and attorney fees in bringing this action. This action is related to the Act 833 monies and how they are allocated to cities throughout the county for the volunteer fire departments.