Crossett Mayor Crystal Marshall and the city council discussed ways to bring awareness to what Marshall called “trash can etiquette.”
Marshall said she and her assistant, Xavier Brown, are going to be part of a radio spot to help promote where the city wants the citizens to place their cans when not in use.
Marshall said knocking on doors wouldn’t be appropriate because there are technically no violations being made.
Council member James Knight suggested placing a hanger on the can with the city’s expectations on it.
The council agreed that they would brainstorm ways to get the message out to the public.
Council member Chris Gill asked Marshall about the timeline for the garbage can tipper.
Mayor Marshal said she had spoken with someone who had come by that day, and that she hoped to have a cost estimate by the end of the week.
Marshall also said that the one-armed truck is expected in January, and the back end loader is expected in the fall.
She told the council, “I do think if at all possible we need to get those tippers on the truck.”
Resolution 2022-3 was brought before the council, regarding the funding of the canisters.
Marshall said that a few months ago, the council made the decision to finance the canisters. This resolution makes that official.
Marshall said the city wants to make improvements to the tennis courts.
Originally, the money that was approved by the city council in a previous meeting for the purchase of the trash canisters was to be taken out of the ARPA funds that were distributed by the federal government due to the pandemic. However, “the cans can be financed, but the tennis courts cannot,” explained Marshall.
This means that instead of taking the money for the canisters out of the ARPA funds, the canisters will be financed through Commercial Capital Bank as per the resolution.
The ARPA money that would have been used to pay for the cans can instead be used to pay for improvement to areas around town that need it, like the tennis court.
The city council approved Resolution 2022-3, to proceed with financing the purchase of the trash canisters, the amount of which was $161,388.91, on a 60-month term at a 3.49 percent fixed interest rate, with an additional $350 processing fee.
Marshall said, “We requested rate quotes from several different banks, and theirs was the lowest. That’s why we went with this one.”
Marshall also added that they are applying for grants for the tennis courts as well, but she “wanted a win” for the community, which is why she supports the improvement of that area.
The council then discussed the Millyard Road traffic lights, which have been bagged up for some time.
Marshall said the city had looked at several options to repair the sensors, which were causing a problem with citizens who had to stop at the lights when there was not any cross traffic.
Marshall said the city had initially switched the lights to flash yellow, but that was not an acceptable option for Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
The city then bagged the lights, which was acceptable at the time, but is no longer going to be allowed.
The city was asked by the district engineer to remove the traffic lights and the concrete bases they are attached to, and they were given a three-month extension to get this done.
Marshall asked for a motion allowing the city to take the lights down if that’s what it came down to.
The council weighed the pros and cons of having a light at the Millyard location, and after discussing it, they wanted it removed.
They decided that if it was needed again at some point, they could always request to have it put back in.
The city council made a motion to allow the electric company to remove the lights in exchange for the materials, or for the city to remove the lights themselves and sell the materials if the other option is not possible.
Marshall said, “Our district engineer is a great person to work with and I’d really like to show him our ducks are in a row.”
Members of the Crossett Port Authority were present at the meeting, in part to give the council any information they had regarding the trailer the RV park manager is supplied with to reside in.
Marshall said that the condition of the trailer was such that the RV park manager was staying in her own camper rather than the trailer, due to its potential safety issues.
Some members of the authority recalled that the trailer had been purchased at least 20 years ago for $12,000.
They also said that the trailer had gone underwater around the same time, in 1992.
The trailer appears to contain mold from previous water damage, according to Marshall. She said that while half of the trailer was fine, the other half was “all just falling apart.”
She proposed the purchase of a newer trailer for the amount of $20,000, and told the council she had found one for sale locally that was in good condition and was also comparable in size to the last one, so it would fit on the lot.
The council approved the purchase.
The Port Authority was also able to hear a suggestion from a resident who uses the RV park for recreation.
Carl Gray told the council that several people that camp down at the RV park are concerned that the campsites are washed out, and the spaces for the vehicles and campers are too narrow.
Marshall asked if he was referring to the significant drop on the edge of some of the sites, and Gray confirmed that.
Marshall said that the city is “looking at that.”
Ronnie King from the Port Authority said that over the years, the high water has taken the red gravel away from the asphalt.
“We’re concentrating on the pads that get used the most,” he said, suggesting that people inform the authority which pads they would like to see repaired first.
Marshall said that when they do make the needed repairs to the sites, they want them to last.
Marshall’s assistant, Xavier Brown, discussed the main topics that were covered during the recent Municipal League conference during his recap report.
Brown said that the conference informed him on such topics as how to utilize surveillance to discourage and decrease violent crime; the importance of 911 dispatch services being able to quickly locate a citizen in need; and battle back resolutions to help combat drug use.
Brown enjoyed the camaraderie of the conference, and gained information pertaining to law to reflect on. He also gained insight into what it is like to be a city official, and enjoyed being able to learn from people who reside in different areas of the state.