Gravette coun­cil OKs am­bu­lance agree­ment

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Su­san Hol­land shol­land@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — Mem­bers of the Gravette city coun­cil, at their reg­u­lar meet­ing Thurs­day, ap­proved an agree­ment for am­bu­lance billing ser­vices and passed a res­o­lu­tion of in­tent re­gard­ing cap­i­tal im­prove­ments. Both ac­tions were by unan­i­mous vote.

The am­bu­lance ser­vice agree­ment is the same agree­ment now in place and will re­new the billing ser­vice for three years. The doc­u­ment was ap­proved, with only mi­nor changes from the orig­i­nal draft, to al­low for chang­ing the venue for ad­ju­di­cat­ing a dis­pute or dis­agree­ment from McCracken County, Ken­tucky, cir­cuit court to Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Court.

The res­o­lu­tion of in­tent de­clares that the city plans to ad­vance its own funds to pay the costs of street im­prove­ments, park and re­cre­ation im­prove­ments, sewer im­prove­ments and side­walk im­prove­ments prior to the is­suance of bonds and to re­pay it­self from pro­ceeds of the re­spec­tive bonds.

In other ac­tion, coun­cil mem­bers ap­pointed Corey Rear­don as di­rec­tor and Tim Dewitt as al­ter­nate to the Ben­ton/Washington Re­gional Pub­lic Wa­ter Au­thor­ity Board. They also ap­proved pay­ment of $913 to re­im­burse a school em­ployee for dam­age to her ve­hi­cle caused by a rock thrown up by a city weed trimmer. This pay­ment will come from the ad­min­is­tra­tion fund.

Heather Fin­ley ad­dressed the coun­cil in the com­ment pe­riod prior to the meet­ing and thanked coun­cil mem­bers for pro­vid­ing the bud­get for Gravette Day. She also praised the hard work of the city em­ploy­ees and the com­mu­nity ef­fort that helped make it one of the best Gravette Days in re­cent years. Kurt Mad­dox, Gravette mayor, thanked Fin­ley and said she did a “fan­tas­tic job” as Gravette Day chair­per­son.

Roy Per­rine also ad­dressed the coun­cil and said he be­lieved many peo­ple didn’t know what the li­brary of­fers. He urged coun­cil mem­bers to come in and fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the ser­vices of the li­brary. He also en­cour­aged coun­cil mem­bers to plan to bring in res­i­dents from sur­round­ing towns for the visit of the KCS Hol­i­day Ex­press train in De­cem­ber.

A short ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion re­gard­ing an em­ployee was also held at the be­gin­ning of the meet­ing. Mayor Mad­dox re­ported no ac­tion taken.

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