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The Hermitage City Council met August 19, 2021 for the monthly meeting of the City Council.
Present were council members Mary Moore, Jane Durden, and Chris Ledbetter. Mayor Tonya Kendrix presided. Also present were City Treasurer Angela Dawson, Police Chief Ben Poole, City Recorder Karla Ramos and City Attorney James Hamilton.
Minutes and financial reports were approved.
The Council approved the 2020 Water/Sewer Audit, opened a new account for ARPA funds, opened an account for a Community Facilities grant, and received reports from the police, fire, water, sewer, street and animal control personnel. The Council then approved the disaster response team report.
Bids for garbage collection in the city limits were reviewed from GFL and Get Rid of It, both private companies. After hearing from representatives of both firms, the Council voted to accept the bid from GFL and begin negotiations for a contract. Current plans being negotiated include one-time-a-week residential pickup and twice-a-week commercial pickup. No price has yet to be approved.
In other business, the Council voted to accept funds for a generator and computers, and to approve a bid for replacement of City Hall flooring. The Council then approved the appointment of Don Smith to the Hermitage Housing Authority Board.
The consideration of levying some type city millage was tabled for further discussion.
The Mayor reported on Community Fest 2021, Fall Festival, Spirit of Christmas and office remodel update.
Coach Hembree stated he was excited with the prospects for the 2021 season, although it will be a difficult schedule starting out with a highly ranked 5A team to begin the year, followed by a highly ranked 4A team, a team from Louisiana, and starting the conference season with a highly ranked team. Several class 8-4A opponents will be good and Warren will have to continue to develop and play well every week.
The Lumberjacks have nine starters returning on offense and eight on defense. Coach Hembree says he has a good sophomore class and many of them will provide depth.
Warren is rated number three in class 4A by Hootens, and number four by other publications. They should be fun to watch. Fans are urged to come out and support the young men as they carry forward the tradition of Lumberjack Football.
The first regular season game is set for Friday night, September 3 at White Hall against the highly ranked class 5A Bulldogs. The game will kickoff at 7:00pm.
Corey Ashley / 543 DanGill Dr., Dumas, AR / DOB 3-17-80 / warrants on 8-16-21
Travaris Clary / 131 Cherry St., Monticello, AR / DOB 10-30-93 / warrant on 8-18-21
Jeffrey Smith / 3071 Hwy 35 E., Monticello, AR / DOB 12-4-82 / driving on suspended 8-19-21
Timothy Carter / 3071 Hwy 35 E., Monticello, AR / DOB 12-8-75 / drinking on Hwy open container on 8-19-21
Keenon Clary / 506 Boyd St., Warren, AR / DOB 2-6-91 / warrant 8-22-21
The Descendants of David Crockett Trammell will be having their annual family reunion Sept 4, 2021 at the New Edinburg Community Center from 10:30 am til 2:00 p.m. Please bring a potluck dish. All friends and family are invited to attend. This annual event is held the first Saturday in September each year. Hope you can make it...
We want to take this week to remind Arkansans to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus.
It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, as students are present. The fines, penalties, and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were increased dramatically by Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law.
The legislation was named in honor of Isaac Brian, an elementary school student in the Bryant School District who was struck and killed when a driver illegally passed his school bus while students were exiting the vehicle.
The law requires drivers to stop on two-lane and four-lane highways in both directions, even those with a middle lane. Drivers cannot attempt to pass in any direction until the school bus vehicle has finished receiving or discharging its passengers and is in motion again.
In the 2021 Regular Session, the General Assembly passed Act 264 to clarify the distance and areas where drivers must stop.
It states drivers must come to a complete stop no less than 30 feet from the bus when it stops to load or unload passengers. This 30 feet perimeter would apply to public roads, private or public property open to the general public, and any driveway or parking lot belonging to a public school.
It is estimated that close to 350,000 students ride a school bus. Buses make stops in every Arkansas community. Remember: Flashing Red means Kids Ahead. To learn more about the campaign, visit arkansashouse.org.