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  • DECEMBER 2006 VOL. 62, NO. 12 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE

    Season’s Greetings! Season’s

    Greetings! from your

    Arkansas Municipal League Officers and Staff

    from your Arkansas Municipal League

    Officers and Staff

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    F E A T U R E S

    EDITOR John K. Woodruff

    EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Andrew Morgan

    HERE’S WHERE TO REACH US: 501-374-3484 • FAX 501-374-0541

    citytown@arml.org • www.arml.org

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    EDITOR John K. Woodruff

    EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Andrew Morgan

    HERE’S WHERE TO REACH US: 501-374-3484 • FAX 501-374-0541

    citytown@arml.org • www.arml.org

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    08 Volunteer community winners connect globally Among the 12 Volunteer Community of the Year award winners are members of the Sister Cities International and cities and towns that continue to assist hurricane evacuees.

    D E P A R T M E N T S Animal Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 a'TEST Newsletter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Attorney General Opinions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Engineering Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Fairs and Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Health Benefit Fund Provider Changes . . . . . . . .38 League Officers, Advisory Councils . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Municipal Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Municipal Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Planning to Succeed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 President’s Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Professional Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Sales Tax Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Sales Tax Receipts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Sister Cities International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Your Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

    City&Town (ISSN 0193-8371 and Publication No. 031-620) is published monthly for $15 per year ($1.50 per single copy) by the Arkansas Municipal League, 301 W. Second St., North Little Rock, AR 72114. Periodicals postage paid at North Little Rock, Ark. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to City&Town, P.O. Box 38, North Little Rock, AR 72115.

    Cover Photo by John K. Woodruff, League staff

    EDITOR John K. Woodruff

    EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Andrew Morgan

    HERE’S WHERE TO REACH US: 501-374-3484 • FAX 501-374-0541

    citytown@arml.org • www.arml.org

    DECEMBER 2006 VOL. 62, NO. 12 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE

    Season’s Greetings! Season’s

    Greetings! from your

    Arkansas Municipal League Officers and Staff

    from your Arkansas Municipal League

    Officers and Staff

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    06 City public works project on time, in budget Fort Smith completes $180 million water supply expansion, the region’s largest such project.

    EMBER 2006 VOL. 62 NO. 1 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE

    City&Town (ISSN 0193-8371 and Publication No. 031-620) is published monthly for $15 per year ($1.50 per single copy) by the Arkansas Municipal League, 301 W. Second St., North Little Rock, AR 72114. Periodicals postage paid at North Little Rock, Ark. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to City&Town, P.O. Box 38, North Little Rock, AR 72115.

    EDITOR John K. Woodruff

    EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Andrew Morgan

    HERE’S WHERE TO REACH US: 501-374-3484 • FAX 501-374-0541

    citytown@arml.org • www.arml.org

    ON THE COVER—The holiday decorations on the Mountain View square help capture the message of your Arkansas Municipal League officers and staff: SEASON’S GREETINGS! Volunteers led by Mayor Crawford (Joe) Wyatt’s son, Kenny, and daughter-in- law, Lynn, decorated the square and nearby streets in this Volunteer Community of the Year. Read in City & Town about all volunteer community winners, the firefighting city clerk, when new officials take the oath of office, the League’s turnback request and other need-to-know information. HAPPY AND JOYOUS HOLIDAYS!—jkw

    Welcome to new city, Bella Vista This former resort and retirement community, in Benton County in the northwest corner of the state, is the 501st municipality in Arkansas.

    Mayor Mitch Mortvedt is proud of his town of Gilbert, population 33, nestled on the north bank of the Buffalo National River in Searcy County, and volun- teers who helped vault the town to being one of the 12 Volunteer Community of the Year award winners. More begins on page 8.

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  • Mayors and Councilmen, You should have your budget done and ready to sub-

    mit for a vote if you haven’t voted on it already. When you were finished with the budget, I’m sure you had plenty of money left for a good safety net.If you were a county government, you would have only budgeted 90 percent of your expected revenues; cities don’t have to, but it is a good rule for planning any budget.If you would like to get some extra money for your budget, the Municipal League’s Winter Conference, Jan. 10-12, is a good place to talk with the state and federal agency repre- sentatives who will be at the meeting.When I went to my first League Winter Conference, I lis- tened to what the agency representatives said, but I really didn’t pay a lot of attention.

    After I learned what they could do for my city, I started listening a little closer. I’m not

    sure to the dollar what those people have meant to Morrilton, but they have provided well over

    $3 million dollars to the city in the last 12 years. Those were dollars that we could not have

    taken from our budget. Some of the items are big, and some are small. If you need airport improvements, listen

    to the State Aeronautic Commission representative. Our runway was too narrow, and we were

    looking for some match to help us build some hangars. This was around $1 million dollars.

    That was a big item. Last week I got for the sewer department a $5,700 surveying instrument from the

    Arkansas Agency for Federal Surplus Property in North Little Rock for $100 and $20,000 worth

    of concrete blocks for a new fire station for half the cost.From the Historic Commission, we got money to fix the roof of city hall. From the U.S. Economic Development Administration, we have obtained money to build

    an industrial park. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has helped us completely rebuild

    our parks. The list goes on.

    • Come to the Winter Conference and listen and talk to the agencies. They have a story

    to tell that can really make a difference in your city budget and the lives of your citizens.

    • Don’t forget to get that sand for the winter roads, and keep it covered.Have a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

    Stewart Nelson, Mayor, City of MorriltonPresident, Arkansas Municipal League

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    PRESIDENT’S LETTER

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    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Mayor Bobbie Bailey, Alpena; Mayor Tim McKinney, Berryville; Mayor Chris Claybaker, Camden; Clerk/Treasurer Billie Hasty, Clarendon; Mayor Chip Ellis, Clinton; Mayor Jimmy Wallace, England; Mayor Larry Bryant, Forrest City; City Director Gary Campbell, Fort Smith; Mayor Robert Reynolds, Harrison; Alderman Kenny Elliott, Jacksonville; Mayor JoAnne Bush, Lake Village; Mayor Robert Taylor, Marianna; Mayor Frank Fogleman, Marion; Clerk/Treasurer Regina Walker, Mena; Mayor Stanley Morris, Menifee; City Clerk Diane Whitbey, North Little Rock; Mayor Jackie Crabtree, Pea Ridge; Mayor Howard Taylor, Prescott; Mayor Belinda LaForce, Searcy; Mayor Bill Harmon, Sherwood; Recorder/Treasurer Carolyn Willett, Smackover; Mayor Jerre Van Hoose, Springdale; Mayor Horace Shipp, Texarkana; Mayor Paul Nichols, Wynne.

    ADVISORY COUNCILS PAST PRESIDENTS: Mayor Terry Coberly, Bentonville; Councilmember Larry Combs, El Dorado; Mayor Tommy Swaim, Jacksonville; Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, Councilmember Martin Gipson, North Little Rock; Councilmember Tommy Baker, Osceola; Mayor Jim Dailey, Little Rock; Mayor Robert Patrick, St. Charles; Mayor Gene Yarbrough, Star City.

    LARGE FIRST CLASS CITIES: City Manager Kent Myers, Hot Springs, Chair; Mayor Chuck Hollingshead, City Direc- tor James Calhoun, Arkadelphia; Mayor Bobby Beard, Councilmember Dianne Hammond, El Dorado; Councilmember Mary Jeffers, Cecil Twillie, Forrest City; City Director Elaine Jones, Hot Springs; Councilmember Bill Howard, Linda Rinker, Jacksonville; City Clerk Donna Jackson, Jonesboro; Councilmember James Moore, Magnolia; Treasurer Mary Ruth Morgan, North Little Rock; Clerk/Treasurer Tammy Gowen, Searcy; Clerk/Treasurer Virginia Hillman, Councilmembers Lex (Butch) Davis, Marina Brooks, Sherwood; Mayor M.L. Van Poucke Jr., Siloam Springs; Clerk/Treasurer Mitri Greenhill, Finance Officer Jane Jackson, Stuttgart; City Clerk Patti Scott Grey, Texarkana.

    FIRST CLASS