Greenbrier residents petition for speed bumps

Several topics were on the agenda for Monday night’s Greenbrier City Council meeting, but the one that brought out the most residents was the topic of speeding on Wells Road.

Resident David Cates brought a petition signed by all Wells Road residents to the council meeting concerning speeders through this residential area.

The council agreed to put more officers in the area and to drop the speed limit to 20 mph. It didn’t approve speed bumps that were requested in the petition but said it will check progress over the next three months.

Also on the agenda were some upcoming fee changes in water and waste management to be considered after a survey by Central Arkansas Waste Water is complete. This is designed to help Greenbrier raise rates, which have not been raised in 10 years.

Police Chief Gene Earnhart gave a report on the police department’s 2015 revenue and statistics. He also listed accident numbers, citations, DWIs and arrests for the department. He said the department, from which four officers left in 2015, is almost fully staffed again with two new officers out of the academy and one almost out. Earnhart and the council discussed body cameras for officers — the cost and the need — but took no action at this time.

Fire Chief Cody Fulmer gave the council a report on the fire department’s most recent activity, including response times. The department has a new computer program that helps with keeping track of calls, he said.

Fulmer said the department’s response time had “greatly improved” and the total number of runs for 2015 was 784, which included rescue, fire and service calls. The department recently replaced a fire engine that caught fire, he added.

City Event Center Director Shellie O’Quinn gave a report listing all activities being held at the center and the revenue. The center recently received a grant to help with ID cards to make it easier to see who uses the center, O’Quinn said.

The information collected is solely for the center to keep track of the center usage, she said, adding that she is looking forward to the upcoming activities for the year.

The Mayor 107+ Challenge is expected to be bigger this year. Along with live music, a craft fair and food vendors, O’Quinn said the event would have a kid’s zone. She said she hopes to engage the whole community and that she will be working on adding more attractions before the April 16, 2016, event.

The Greenbrier Chamber added a couple of new members in January and is planning for the Chamber Banquet this year.

Mayor Sammy Hartwick and the council encouraged residents to continue attending council meetings, held the first Monday of every month.

 

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