Police Chief Ernie Rose had good news and sad news during the Hardy City Council’s Thursday, Nov. 6 meeting.
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.
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.
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’s Appropriation and Promotions Commission, the city organization which uses a special tax to develop and 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.
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.
It has been months since the announcement, however we are pleased to announce to those who are interested that the Mayor Of Hardy has announced the new “Official” email address for contacting her. We actually wished that CITY OF HARDY would have some official email address too. Hopefully in the near future.
Contact the Mayor- Nina A. Thornton Mayor of Hardy P.O. Box 5, Hardy AR 72542
Phone Hardy City Hall @ 870-856-3811
Office located at 124 Woodland Hills Road
City Hall hours are 7:30 am til 4:00 pm weekdays. Closed for lunch 11:30-12:30.
We are excited to announce our new purpose of the local area report card website designed to ensure information about Hardy, AR is available to the community online. The new site is called www.mayorofhardy.com and is the designated report card website for the officials of the City of Hardy.
The new Mayor Of Hardy Arkansas Report Card website was established by Friends Of Hardy Arkansas to ensure that information about what the Mayor and the Alderman of Hardy do, for and about Hardy are reported and openly discussed about. This site is dedicated to both the vigilant scrutinizing of our local government for and the ongoing education of our fellow citizens about instances of corruption, waste, nepotism, ethics violations, etc.
Well, the old saying – better late than never, is pretty much true here. Awhile back we posted a article titled (What questions you would like to ask the Mayoral Candidates). We took those questions asked by you, and submitted them to the local newspaper. We are happy to see that they did indeed send them to the Mayoral Candidates. We waited per our agreement until they appeared in the local newspaper. NOTE: We did as a courtesy request and had hoped to have the responses from both of the candidates, but unfortunately one did not have the answers in time for our post.