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  • With summer coming soon, the Arma City Council knocked out several items that have been in discussion for a while.

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    With summer coming soon, the Arma City Council knocked out several items that have been in discussion for a while.

    The council voted to move ahead with a donation of $5,900 toward the building of a press box at the ball field, with council member Dick Cleland leading the way with a $1,000 donation from his company, Plastic Product Fencing.

    “I really think we should go ahead and get the $5,900 to him,” Cleland said of J.P. Cleland, who maintains the ballfields. “It’s for the city.”

    The council voted to also make a gift and support the project going forward.

    In other summer work, Mayor Buddy Bualle said one street was taken off a list of 10 streets the city wanted to repave, bringing the final cost to $37,775.

    Police Chief Al Combs informed the council about grant opportunities, one of which would pay 75 percent of the salary and benefits for three years for newly hired or laid off officers, with the goal of increasing SRO presence. The other is a bulletproof vest partnership that helps replace expired vests with an 80-20 cost split.

    Combs also gave the council a staff update, and the council agreed to hire two new part-time officers, including one who is a certified trainer and who has offered to teach police courses for the cost of his hourly salary.

    Library director Brenda Banks reported on monthly usage and that a community garden is in the works in the area behind the library.

    In other business, Bualle and council member Richard Kerley both were sworn in and annual appointments and designations were renewed.

    The council also voted to do a standard annual wavier of GAAP, an accounting rule, and to put a CD up for bid to both banks when it matures May 19.

    They also discussed hosting an open hours for National Public Works week May 19-25, considered law enforcement liability insurance and heard an offer for an individual to purchase the city’s scrap metal, but took no action on the topics, pending further information and discussion.

    Page 2 of 2 - Bualle also informed the council of a water adjustment for Mary Galichia, who had a water leak, and proclaimed that Saturday, May 11, would be Poppy Day, at the request of the American Legion Auxiliary.
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