Anakin McClain opened the city council meeting in Crossett on Monday, April 17 by leading the pledge of allegiance.
Crossett Mayor Crystal Marshall then announced that McClain’s father, Justin, was recently hired by the City of Crossett as the manager for the RV park.
The mayor and the council members welcomed the family to the position, and the elder McClain said, “I’m excited…so far, so good.”
Attorney Tyler Mills is the other new addition to the Crossett team.
Marshall nominated Mills for the positions of city attorney and prosecuting attorney at the meeting on Monday and said the City of Crossett would benefit from his contributions.
Council member Dan Pevy made a motion to accept the nomination and council member Kerstin Mondragon provided the second; the council voted to approve the nomination.
After the nomination passed, Mills took his seat to the left of Marshall as the council welcomed him to his new role.
James Hamilton held the city attorney position for 23 years prior to his death last month; Marshall said the city plans to make a resolution regarding Hamilton’s contribution to the City of Crossett and its residents.
Marshall expressed the loss she and the rest of the community have felt since Hamilton passed away, and said she knew he loved Crossett and would be encouraging them to move ahead.
Marshall said the city has finally received the long-awaited one-armed trash truck that will lift and dump residents’ refuse from the cans that have been provided.
The city is asking its residents—even the youngest of them—to participate in naming the trash truck.
Those who want to share their name for the truck can go to the City of Crossett Facebook page or call city hall.
The winning name will be placed on the side of the truck so everyone will know what to call it when they see it.
Another important aspect of the new trash truck and the cans is to remember what to do and what not to do. Residents are asked remove their can from the curb after it has been emptied.
Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Harison said the most important thing to remember is that the can lid needs to be closed in case of rain.
Harrison said if rain fills the garbage can, the truck will not be able to lift it.
Another important thing to share with neighbors and friends is that the city already provides a front-door garbage pickup service to those who cannot place their trash at the curb due to health reasons.
They plan to continue this service and encourage those who know someone that may need it to assist them in contacting the city to get it started.
Youth Center Renovation
Marshall said that the renovations to the youth center had been put on hold due to the lowest bid they received coming in at over $100,000 above budget.
Marshall sat down with the architect and others on the project to pare it down some.
She said changes were made such as switching some of the masonry to wood, choosing more economical windows, and cutting out some planned second-floor renovations.
In light of those changes, Marshall said she would like the work that is planned to be considered as phase one of the renovation.
The project is going to bid once again; all bids must be submitted to the city by the legal cutoff time of 2 p.m. on May 4.
Building Exception Requested
Harrison then addressed a building ordinance exception request by a property developer that wanted to keep the height of an eight-foot fence that he had put up behind a residence on the 1000 block of Pine Street.
Tim Rogers said he put the fence up to provide those who move into it with privacy and security, and he noted that the area is not the same as it used to be.
Harrison described the steps followed regarding the procedure for resolving the issue, and it was then brought to a vote before the board of adjustment, who denied Rogers’ request.
Harrison said the city code dictates that the height of a fence in any residential area inside city limits, other than those that were previously grandfathered in, must be six feet or less.
The council members discussed the matter amongst themselves and with Rogers and although some of them agreed with Rogers on several points, they said they did not want to overturn the decision that had already been made by the board of advisors.