Hardy City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 1, but it was far from a regular meeting. The council had a busy agenda, but one topic stood out the most; passing ordinance 2015-2. Passing this ordinance was very important to Mayor Nina Thornton, which is why she used her ability to vote when there were three yes votes, two no votes and one abstention.
Hardy City Council discussed the need for a new police car or repairs to an existing car, received a list of suggested repairs for the Hardy Gym by Freda Gamblin and re-visited a possible agreement with Spring River Ambulance Services at the meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Hardy Chief Police James Hutchison was unable to give the department’s report due to health issues. Officer Tamara Taylor updated council members about the transportation issue in the department. The department’s 2007 silver Ford Crown Victoria appears to have a blown radiator, which occurred while the chief was making a traffic stop. The car had to be towed away and is since being stored on secured city property until a decision can be made regarding repairs.
Hardy City Council was introduced to the city’s newest police officer and received updates on several city issues, including action taken by Judy Brown, who was hired to assist recorder/treasurer Carolyn Groves.
Police Chief James Hutchison introduced the newest, full time officer, Phillip Story to members of the council. “He did some work in Thayer, Mo. and the West Plains area before we went to work in Izard County, where he did nine years,” Hutchison said. The police chief said the department is lucky to have Story on board.
Hardy City Council voted to established an official website at its meeting held June 2. The council also heard concerns about the Hardy Gym, approved use of Loberg Park for a Glow-Run and received an update on the city’s contract with Spring River Ambulance Service.
Hardy City Council had a full agenda at its meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Superintendent Billy Gilbreath addressed vandalism concerns, Police Chief James Hutchison introduced a new member of the department and the possibility of a Junior Police program. A discussion was held about what the city can do about cleaning up properties around town.
The Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission met Monday, May 11 and discussed designs for signage, monthly finances and presenting a digital marketing workshop for local businesses. The commission also received requests from crowd members regarding signage and more advertising.
The Walking Tour Maps and Rack Cards that A and P have designed in the past will receive a face lift and some additions. The maps have been helpful to visitors of Hardy, by showing tourists where the unique shops, restaurants, lodging and recreational activities can be located. “I’ve talked with Vision Amp and they are working on design work for the parking direction signage and also on the Walking Tour Maps and Rack cards. They should have something for us to approve soon,” said Commissioner Dale Maddox.
Jennifer Shultz is the proud new owner of a popular new restaurant located right in the heart of Hardy on Main Street. Cruisers is a dream come true for Shultz, who has always had a goal of owning and running her own restaurant. With live music on the weekends and a menu full of great food, Cruisers is quickly bringing life to Main Street.
The Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission looked back on A and P work in 2014, and heard future plans for the Iberia Bank building from new owner Mike Haney, as it met on Monday, Feb. 9.
Police Chief Ernie Rose had good news and sad news during the Hardy City Council’s Thursday, Nov. 6 meeting.
Hardy businessman and former city councilman Bob Gilliland won the Nov. 4 election for the Ward One, Position One City Council seat, capturing 41 percent of the vote. But incumbent Vicki Rice received 35 percent of the vote in a three candidate race. Under state election law, Gilliland’s margin was not large enough to give him the race outright, so he now faces a runoff election against incumbent Rice. Danny Eitel, who finished third with 22 percent, will not be on the runoff ballot.