Go to ...

Select A News Section

RSS Feed

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mayors Corner

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.

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 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.

Hardy Still Without Public Safety Director

Hardy City Council finalized the 2016 budget, which took up most of the discussion at the meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Council entered executive session near the end of the meeting to discuss the appointment of a director of public safety.

publicsafetyThe council moved to executive session to discuss hiring a new director of public safety. Though an appointment wasn’t made, a promotion that is nearly one year behind, was finally approved by the council. “Approve the promotion of Tamara Taylor to assistant chief as presented by chief Hutchinson on Feb. 17, 2015,” is the motion made when the council returned to regular session. The motion was unanimously passed by council.

Hardy Mayor Uses “Get out of Jail Free” Card On Ethics Violation

meet9-15Hardy 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.

Gilliland City Council Candidacy Questioned

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.

Hardy Mayor Clashes With Council Over Travel Expenses

2014janmeetingThe 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.

Older Posts››