Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Officials of Warren And Hermitage Attend Municipal Meeting

Municipal officials from throughout Arkansas meet in Little Rock June, 15-17 for the 82nd annual Arkansas Municipal League Convention.  Included in the number were officials from the cities of Warren and Hermitage.  The three-day program included speeches from numerous state elected officials, workshops and training sessions.  The League is an association of the approximately 500 Arkansas cities and towns ranging from big cities like Little Rock to small incorporated towns of less than a 100.  The organization provides training and education for municipal employees and elected officials.  It also lobbies on behalf of local governments and operates self insured services for health care, workers compensation and other insurance needs.  The insurance programs save the cities of Arkansas millions of dollars.

Attending from Warren were Mayor Bryan Martin, Alderman Dorothy Henderson and Alderman Joel Tolefree.  Mayor Martin serves on the Worker's Compensation Trust Board and Alderman Henderson is a member of the First Class Cities Advisory Council.  Attending from the City of Hermitage were Alderman Tonya Kendrix and Recorder Kim Thomas.

Among the workshops attended by Mayor Martin and Alderman Tolefree was a training session entitled "legal tools to keep your city clean."  City Attorney Jason Carter of North Little Rock spoke on the legal procedures that must be followed to force the cleanup of private property and the best methods to use in enforcing the law.  A manual of sample procedures and ordinances was provided each one in attendance.  Mayor Martin noted that Warren has ordinances on the books and has been active in tearing down dilapidated structures, but feels that a review of city laws and procedures would be wise and may help move the process along faster.  Both the Mayor and Alderman indicated that cleaning up old structures and junked up properties must be a priority for the city.  The workshop had a full house in attendance and every community in the state indicated that the need for cleanup is a serious problem. 

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