At its April 7 meeting, Hardy’s Advertising and Promotions Commission discussed a town hall meeting it planned to hold on April 14 at the Old Hardy Gym. The meeting was designed to discuss how A and P funds have been spent in the past and detail its plan to get more bang for the buck as it promotes the town as a tourist attraction. The Brooks Jeffrey Marketing firm was present to discuss the long term marketing strategy that it developed.
Council members Dale Maddox and Greg Bess asked for “actual” numbers in regards to the 2014 budget, touching off a debate at the Thursday, April 3 meeting of the Hardy City Council.
It began when Maddox asked County Treasurer Carolyn Groves when the council would be presented with a “budget vs. actual expenditures” format for the city budget. Groves replied, “We are getting very close.” Maddox said, “I challenge any of you to look at the finances and… tell what’s been spent in a department versus what was budgeted in that department.” Maddox added that, if the budget were in a budget vs. actual format, the recent fuel theft within the Hardy Police Department would have been more quickly noticed by council.
The Hardy City Council passed a 2014 budget at its Jan. 7 meeting, but spending remained a hot topic through the remainder of the meeting.
During council member comments, Dale Maddox expressed concerns about the $6,000 allotted to the city administration for travel and education expenses. He said he thought the city had “over budgeted” for the expense, questioning why a city as small as Hardy would need to budget three times more than the city of Ash Flat, which budgets only $2,000.
We are excited to finally see a beautiful new “official website” that has just been launched by the Hardy A&P Commission.
As stated by the A&P, “The new website, www.VisitHardyArkansas.com, provides the cornerstone for the integrated marketing strategy implemented by the Hardy Advertising & Promotion Commission to increase tourism. The focus is to promote four main interest areas: Spring River, Artisans, Cultural Heritage and Music.”
Be sure to bookmark that site and check it out today, and make Hardy, Arkansas your tourist stop!
We are excited to announce that the Main Street Of Hardy, Inc. that is part of the Arkansas Main Street program is now bringing BINGO to Hardy, AR.
Located at 108 E. Mai Street in downtown Hardy the spacious 3,000 feet Bingo floor offers plenty of room for those looking for some Friday night fun. It offers elevated caller stand, audio system and four TV’s with a easy to see flashboard.
You can purchase Bingo packs for only $15 as well as other options too. Early Bird and Early Mini $2 pays cash and prizes too.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Hardy City Council discussed the city’s business license ordinance as it began its July 16 meeting. Mayor Thornton and the council expressed concern individuals were selling items downtown without a business license, indicating it has been a recurring issue. “We do not have a transient license at this time,” Mayor Thornton said. Iberia Bank, which is a vacant building located on Main Street, is where someone recently set up to sell products. Alderwoman Liane Maddox suggested talking to the owner of the building. “They obviously give permission to whomever, and they probably need to know that it is not allowed by the city,” Maddox said.
With vacant positions filled at a June 24 Hardy City Council meeting, the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission was able to have a quorum and conduct business at this meeting on Thursday, June 27. Several Hardy citizens and business owners were on hand as the six commissioners were sworn in.
The commission set several goals for the future, including writing a mission statement, bylaws, and better management of A and P funds.
The Hardy City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 24, with the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission remaining the hot topic that citizens, as well as council members and the mayor, wanted to discuss.
Citizen and A and P Commissioner Nimmi Desai spoke to urge government leaders to stop feuding. “It is my personal opinion that, if anything is declared dysfunctional, it should be given the opportunity to work first. Was the public invited to show its interest in serving on the commission? Yes. My humble request is, let’s work as a team. We have a lot of spices in our kitchen that we don’t want to use, but guess what? A good chef will get flavor from mixed spices,” Desai said.
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton again challenged changes on the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission at the June 3 Hardy City Council meeting. Thornton and two other commission members have been removed by the new city council, and Thornton continued to challenge the legality of the council’s actions. The A and P decides how special tax money should be used for events and advertisements to attract tourists to the city.
The Friends Of Hardy Arkansas have been formally acknowledged in the area’s local newspaper, The Villager . In a front page article, our “civic” group was recognized for its gift of the signs in Hardy Arkansas.
At the June 4, 2013 City Council meeting we were happy to let the city know we had completed the installation of the signs we had offered to the city for the empty poles in the parking lots and in Dr. Thompsons park as well. The quality and workmanship by Signs by Rick were exceptional as we knew they would be.