Highfill coun­cil meets, passes res­o­lu­tion to ap­point at­tor­ney

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - RANDY MOLL rmoll@nwadg.com

HIGHFILL — With three mem­bers present and the mayor vot­ing to make a ma­jor­ity, Highfill’s city coun­cil held its Septem­ber meet­ing on the Sept. 25 and passed a res­o­lu­tion ap­point­ing a city at­tor­ney for Highfill.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion which will take ef­fect on Jan. 1, the Wil­liams Law Firm in Gen­try will con­tinue to serve as the city’s le­gal coun­sel, with Jay Wil­liams con­tin­u­ing to ad­vise the city at coun­cil meet­ings but mak­ing his as­so­ciate, Joel Kurtz, the city pros­e­cu­tor and Jay Wil­liams the deputy pros­e­cu­tor.

The res­o­lu­tion also changed the hourly rate the city pays to $250 per hour for gen­eral ser­vices and $300 per hour for coun­cil meet­ings, still a dis­counted rate com­pared to his usual charge, Wil­liams said.

Fees for pros­e­cu­tion ser­vices in dis­trict court will be $625 per month, ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion. Fees for pros­e­cu­tion ser­vices in cir­cuit court will be $250 per hour.

Coun­cil mem­bers David Wil­liamson, Wes­ley Evans and Mark White, as well as Mayor Michelle Ri­eff, voted in fa­vor of the res­o­lu­tion.

The coun­cil tabled an or­di­nance to amend the zon­ing of lands owned by An­gus Starr LLC be­cause it lacked suf­fi­cient vot­ing mem­bers to sus­pend the rules or pass the at­tached emer­gency clause.

The coun­cil ap­proved spend­ing just over $1,400 for two trash dump­sters to sup­ple­ment the two al­ready in the city con­tract for Highfill’s city­wide fall cleanup.

Mayor Ri­eff an­nounced the up­com­ing trunk or treat in the city park from 4 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.

She also said the coun­cil needed to have some work­ing ses­sions to dis­cuss fund­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties to ex­tend sewer lines to the North­west Arkansas Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity. She said the city web­site, which has not been up­dated for nu­mer­ous years, was still down and not live but that Mark Pierce would be do­ing the needed up­grades soon. She told the coun­cil that the city’s new po­lice ve­hi­cle had ar­rived and was in ser­vice.

Al­der­man Mark White an­nounced that he was not run­ning for re-elec­tion. His wife, Julie, is run­ning against Ri­eff for the mayor’s post.

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