A new question over Hardy’s control of alcoholic beverage sales and more changes for the Advertising and Promotions Committee were among items discussed at a long meeting of the Hardy City Council on Tuesday, May 7.
After the approval of the previous meetings minutes, the council jumped into business. Before reading the Liquor Ordinance in its entirety for the second time, business owner, Bob Gilliland raised an issue after Mayor Nina Thornton mentioned the ordinance was one reading from going into effect. “If anybody here wants to say anything about the ordinance, you need to do it now,” Thornton said.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Hardy City Council took its first vote to pass a city liquor ordinance and approved setting up a long desired ambulance base in Hardy at its meeting on Tuesday, April 16.
- Liquor Ordinance Issue
The city council had expressed a desire at past meetings for a very simple Hardy City ordinance regarding liquor sales, but it quickly found out there were several decisions to make.
At the April 16 meeting, City Attorney John Abel thought the ordinance was ready to pass. “You read the ordinance three times, then you can pass it at the end of May, and I would suggest that you would work on a clause so it would be effective in June.”
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Kim Bray:
On Tuesday, April 2, the Hardy City Council continued discussions concerning a local alcohol ordinance and public safety. There was also more talk about the controversial changes the council made to the Advertisement and Promotion committee at its last meeting.
City Attorney Jon Abele presented an ordinance he had drawn up allowing Hardy to regulate some aspects of alcohol sales in the city. “This is the simplest ordinance I could draw up on the issue, following Arkansas state liquor laws,” Abel said. Mayor Nina Thornton expressed support for the proposal, “We wanted a simple ordinance that would convey the state of Arkansas’ law on liquor control. There is no sense on restating them again (locally) when they were already somewhere as a state law.”
In a strange turn of events, the Hardy City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19, was held two hours later than usual. Mayor Nina Thornton cancelled the meeting when her watch struck 6 p.m., saying there was not a quorum present.
New council members Dale and Lynne Maddox walked into the council meeting just seconds after Thornton called the meeting. Council members and members of the audience protested, saying being a minute or two late for a meeting is no reason to call it off. Alderwoman Amy Hussung pointed out the Mayor could have legally acted as a fourth member to establish a quorum, as she has done in the past, especially with a large crowd present.
Three new aldermen joined the Hardy City Council at its first meeting of 2013 on Feb. 5, but very little action was taken as a lengthy agenda was discussed in a meeting, that, at times, felt more like a debate session between the mayor and one new council member.
One of the biggest discussion in Sharp County seemed to be about the county’s wet/dry issue, which passed, making Sharp County a wet county. The following are the results from other local races and issues on the ballot, including the medical marijuana which did not pass in the county, but is a state initiative.
City of Hardy Election Results 2012
Alderman Ward 1 Pos 1
- Bob Gilliland-132
- Amy Hussung-184
Ward 2 Position 1
- Mary Yates-81
- Dale Maddox-201
- Louis Seibert-40
Alderman Ward 2 Pos 2
- Liane Maddox-197
- Sherri Groves-123
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Come Pause In Hardy, AR for a day, a weekend, or more! With Spring weather arriving so early and Summer just around the corner….all of us are looking for some fun times from the grind of work. Well remember Hardy is a great place to come to for an affordable fun time.
If you enjoy camping, we have a camper park right off of the Main street in Hardy on the Spring River that is open and ready for you. If your into Bed and Breakfast stays, we got that too as well as some great hotels/motels. Now if you have a larger group or family, many home rental options are available in the surrounding area.
In an effort to bring to light once again issues that seem to continue to plague our small City, here we have another simple issue that has no logical explanation. Now, more than two years ago in a City Council meeting it was announced about the placement of the wonderful new POST for the parking lots. You can read that story from almost two years ago HERE. At the time, it was stated that current A&P funding was not available to cover the cost of the actual PARKING SIGNS to go on them.
HOW LONG FOR A&P TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT?
The Old Historic Hardy Gym ain’t what it should be, at the moment. Why, because currently it is being used as the temporary home of CITY HALL. Why is this you ask, we also would like to know, especially since City Hall did NOT have any water damage from the April 25, 2011 floods that caused them to evacuate it. You would think that after the waters receded they would have happily moved back into the building.