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Thursday, August 25, 2016

City Hall

Hardy Has A New Mayor!

Interim Mayor Jason JacksonTonight at the regularly scheduled city council meeting in what could be called an auspicious evening.  Alderman Jason Jackson has been nominated and appointed as Mayor for the remaining two year term.

Congratulations to Jason who we hope will be the start of great things to happen in Hardy, AR.

Hardy A&P Helps Upgrade Camper Park

Camper Park 2016The Hardy RV Camper Park has recently received a much needed facelift and the upgrades aren’t finished yet. Hardy Volunteer Fire Department is once again running the park, after a two summer break. Once learning about the upgrades needed at the park, Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission re-allocated funds to assist the fire department with some changes.

Mayor Of Hardy Resigns !!

2016-07Nina Resigns

Mayor Nina Thornton just finished resigning as the Mayor of Hardy at the July19, 2016 City Council meeting.

This evening at the regular City Council meeting for the city of Hardy, AR., Mayor Nina Thornton first read a statement in regards to the resignation of the Recorder Treasurer, Carolyn Groves.

However, the bigger surprise was what she did next, as she verbally resigned as the Mayor of Hardy AR. After her verbal statement a motion was made to accept her verbal resignation with the notation that no written resignation would be provided. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. This follows concerns brought up at the prior Hardy City Council meeting where the Alderman were informed of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton.

Hardy City Council Fills Vacant Seat…Accepts Bid For Passenger Van

Hardy City Council appointed Danny Eitel to the seat left vacant by Greg Bess at their meeting on June 21. Big parts of the council meeting were the acceptance of a bid to sell the city van, public participation and an update on the EEOC complaint against Mayor Nina Thornton and the city of Hardy.

Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton Faced With EEOC Charge

MayorEEOCHardy City Council learned of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton and Alderman Jason Jackson at its meeting Tuesday, June 8. In addition to the charge, council members voted to have missing city documents investigated by Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose. An ordinance was also passed for existing residences on Main Street to be legal living quarters. A plan was also put in place to sell the city van.

Hardy City Council Fills Vacant Council Seat

2596508-LHardy City Council met on Tuesday, May 3 with a full audience and three hopeful Hardy residents vying for the open seat on council.

After a lengthy reading of past minutes, the council decided to wait to approve the minutes, as council members weren’t comfortable with the format of the minutes, as previously stated. The council claims minutes have too much “opinion” in them and need to follow a more formal format where motions made and passed are the main subject of minutes. A motion to table the approval of minutes was made and passed.

The Great “My van’ Debacle

2586364-HIt is no surprise emotions ran high at the most recent Hardy City Council meeting. On Tuesday, April 19, council members and guests were holding nothing back as the council overturned the mayor’s veto, heated arguments took place and Alderwoman Liane Maddox resigned from her position. Hardy City Council, unlike other cities in Sharp County, meets twice a month for regularly scheduled meetings and always has issues to discuss, whether it be old, new or unfinished business. Covered in this article are the meetings of April 5 and April 19.

New Signage On Main Street

hardysignThe city of Hardy has a brand new sign in place on Main Street! Thanks to our Hardy Advertisement & Promotions for taking a great step forward toward great use of the A&P funds. Great sign to help PROMOTE THE AREA!  Keep up the great work!

Hardy City Council Keeps With Theme Of Heated Discussions Over Selling Van

The VanThe Department of Public Safety has been the “hot” topic at recent Hardy City Council meetings and it was no different at the meeting on Tuesday, March 15. Along with the DPS budget, the council discussed nuisance properties, signage updates and lack of reports.

Jason Jackson, who has been making appearances at nearly every meeting since January, is a volunteer for the Hardy Fire Department and is motivated to improve the department for the safety of the residents. Alderman Dale Maddox introduced Jackson and asked him to speak to the council on his grant findings and information from the USDA about releasing the city van to sell for cash and utilize the funding elsewhere.

Hardy A and P Gears Up For 2016 Tourist Season

Hardy A&P Tour MapHardy Advertising and Promotion Committee has been working hard in 2016 and are hoping for a great year. Commissioners Nimmi Desai and Freda Gamblin sat down with Villager Journal and highlighted actions already taken this year.

“In keeping with our by-laws, we elected officers for 2016. The chairman is Vickie Rice, Vice-Chair is Dale Maddox, finance committee consists of Desai and Maddox, Gamblin is secretary and Dennis Horton is in charge of the music, radio advertising and tram project. All of us are looking forward to a busy and productive year,” said Gamblin.

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