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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mayors Corner

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.

Hardy City Council To Get Official Website To Keep Residents Updated

citycouncilmeetingHardy 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.

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.

New Commissioners Appointed; Hardy A and P Back In Business

New A&P CommissionWith 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.

Advertising And Promotions Commission Finally In Place…

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.

Mayor Attempts To Shut Down A and P Commission

1877537-LHardy 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.

Hardy City Council Vetoes Mayor’s Veto

Hardy’s Appropriation and Promotions Commission, the city organization which uses a special tax to develop and1867187-L advertise events to bring in visitors, was again the main focus as the Hardy City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 21. A decision at the last meeting to remove two A and P members was on the agenda again, as Mayor Nina Thornton vetoed the decision. In a previous meeting, Thornton had also been removed from the commission, after a contentious discussion.

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