MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
FORREST CITY CITY COUNCIL
FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS
July 6, 2010
The City Council of Forrest City, Arkansas, met in regular session
on July 6, 2010. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. Alderman
Peacock opened the meeting in prayer. The following answered roll
call: Mayor McCoy, Clerk Cochran, Attorney Cline, and City Council
Members: Peacock, Jeffers, Hollowell, Shepherd, Twillie, Capps,
and Oswalt. Alderman Fields was absent.
Alderman Shepherd made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous
meeting. Seconded by Alderman Jeffers. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Alderman Capps reported that Mark Holloway was present at the June
22, 2010 Planning Commission meeting. Mr. Holloway was representing
his mother Letha Lynch, who was asking for a setback variance to
build a patio at 111 South McClendon, Forrest City, Arkansas. After
some discussion, the Forrest City Planning Commission unanimously
voted to grant the variance. Alderman Capps made a motion that the
Forrest City Council accept the Forrest City Planning Commission
recommendation to accept the setback variance at 111 South McClendon.
Alderman Oswalt seconded the motion. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Alderman Capps reported that he received copies of maps detailing
city properties from Mike Davis of Entergy.
Mayor McCoy acknowledged the retirement of Raymond Stewart. Mr.
Stewart is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service as manager
of the Forrest City Civic Center. Mayor McCoy presented Mr. Stewart
with a plaque of appreciation for his many years of service. Mr.
Stewart accepted the plaque and made a brief comment displaying
Mayor McCoy requested permission get bids for asphalt for street
overlay. Alderman Oswalt inquired about which streets needing overlaying.
Mayor McCoy described several streets with major destruction, in
which, the overlay would be needed the most. The list of streets
included but is not limited to: Lake Street, Wilson Street, Gum
Street, Buford Street, Turner Road, Scott Street, Wolf Street, North
Division, Martin Luther King Street, and others. Mayor McCoy also
stated several big trucks are still parking near McDonalds on what
is considered to be a city street. Alderman Peacock stated that
truckers need a place to park and emphasized that the truckers are
citizens of this town. Alderman Oswalt added the street near McDonald
was not built to hold the big trucks and is considered to be a safety
issue for other motorist. Alderman Capps stated there is a “No
Overnight Parking” sign displayed on the street near McDonalds.
Alderman Shepherd made a motion to grant Mayor McCoy permission
to get bids for asphalt for street overlay. Seconded by Alderman
Twillie. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Glenn Shepherd passed out a quote for eight (8) surveillance cameras
for the council members to consider for the Forrest City Sports
Complex. The cameras can be used to deter vandalism and or catch
those who vandalize the sports complex. The surveillance cameras
would cost an estimated $22,000 to $25,000 and could be turned into
web cameras in the future.
Alderman Oswalt recognized Sarah Jumper, who discussed her concerns
on the Forrest City Sports Complex. Ms. Jumper stated the ball program
is at “an all time low.” Ms. Jumper said her family
has been involved in various sports programs and it seems the programs
are disorganized. She commented on the tardiness and absenteeism
of some of the sports officials. She also stated that there is less
and less participation and more misconduct going on. Alderman Oswalt
commented he has observed opposing teams shouting and cursing at
each other in a loud manner using words he would consider to be
“R” rated. Alderman Oswalt stated that he has observed
this conduct from 8 and 9 year old boys as well as coaches and parents.
Alderman Oswalt further related that the conduct of the teams, parents,
and players are getting really bad and needs to be handled. Ms.
Jumper also stated that the problems could be handled by making
the registration process stricter and having more police on site
to handle the problems as they occur. Alderman Twillie agreed with
Ms. Jumper’s concerns but advised her that the Forrest City
Council is not the group to handle her concerns. Aldermna Twillie
further stated that Kenneth Taylor (Forrest City Park Director)
and the park commission need to be involved in this matter. Alderman
Oswalt stated that a meeting needed to be set up with Mr. Taylor,
a selected committee, and the citizens of Forrest City to deal and
handle this issue. Mayor McCoy stated that he had already discussed
additional security for the sports complex with Chief Duch. Paige
Law also voiced her concerns and reminded city council that she
had mentioned the idea of ballpark passes several years ago. Alderman
Twillie stated that he would like to see Ms. Law’s proposal
on implementing ballpark passes. Reagan Hill also discussed his
concerns about the sports complex.
STREET FUND BILLS
Alderman Hollowell made a motion to pay the street fund bills totaling
$12,714.25. Seconded by Alderman Capps. Roll Call: All Ayes.
GENERAL FUND BILLS
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to pay general fund bills totaling
$47,307.94. Seconded by Alderman Jeffers. Roll Call: All Ayes.
A public meeting to discuss the sports complex is schedule for July
15, 2010 at 6:00PM at the Forest City Multi-Purpose Center.
Alderman Capps made a motion to adjourn at 6:50 p.m. Seconded by
Gordon McCoy, Mayor
Derene Cochran, Clerk-Treasurer