July 12, 2017 Edition

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WR Council to address
vacancy, condemnations

The Walnut Ridge City Council will elect a person from ward 1 to fill the unexpired term of former alderman Allen Smith, who resigned at the end of June.

The council will hear from candidates at Monday night's meeting to be held at 6 p.m. at the Walnut Ridge Police Complex.

Those interested in the position should attend Monday's meeting to address any questions from the council and speak about why they should be considered.

Prior to that, Mayor Charles Snapp recommends all those wanting to be considered for the position submit a resume to city hall and obtain a letter from the Lawrence County Clerk's Office verifying that they have been a registered voter in ward 1 for at least 30 days.

Also at the meeting, the council will continue discussions on hazardous property in the city limits. The highest priority condemnation is the former Baker Electric building on Front Street. The back of the building is completely collapsed, offering little support for the front of the building, which is in danger of hitting vehicles and pedestrians should it collapse.

City Attorney Nancy Hall offered an alternative condemnation procedure at a special meeting held Friday night. She sent out in an email prior to the meeting that the Municipal League has suggested a different and more direct method that might save money and time while offering property owners a formal hearing regarding their property.

"I would hope the council will use the time between Friday's meeting and the regular council meeting on the 17th to become more familiar with possibilities and speak to constituents and have a better idea of what direction the city should take moving forward with issues of cleaning up our city," Hall wrote.

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