The Garfield City Council meets each month, typically on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Alderman Terry Warren Room at City Hall to conduct legislative business for the City of Garfield. The minutes from each meeting are reviewed by the Mayor before being posted online. Finally, the City Council Meeting Minutes are presented to the City Council for passage at the following monthly meeting.
The minutes from the Garfield City Council Meeting of January 14, 2020, as approved by Mayor Gary Blackburn, are posted below.
At the January meeting of the Garfield City Council, guest speakers expressed their dissatisfaction with aspects of the new CARDS Trash Service for those living outside the City limits, such as the trash pickup location and increased cost. Mayor Gary Blackburn explained that nonpayment of the monthly trash fee will not result in a customer’s water being turned off, but after a 90-day delinquency, the trash bill will be turned over to the County Clerk on November 1st for addition to the customer’s personal property tax bill. Mayor Blackburn also indicated that he and the City Attorney, Michael Bearden, will meet with CARDS to review the contract.
A report was given about the progress on the Water Storage Tank Project. The contractor, Pittsburg Tank, began its work on January 13th and projected that the project would take two weeks. After the water tank has been refurbished, water samples will be sent to the Arkansas Department of Health. When the water quality has been approved by the Department of Health, the City water tank will be reconnected for distribution within the Garfield Water District.
Under New Business, the March Special Election on raising the City sales tax by 1/2% was discussed. The proposed tax increase would generate funds for infrastructure improvement or repairs to the Garfield Water System. The City Council voted to send out a letter of notification about the need for the proposed tax increase, as suggested by City Attorney Bearden. If the sales tax measure on the March ballot does not pass, an increase in the City Water rate will be needed.
For further details about the January meeting of the Garfield City Council, see the link below.