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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An ordinance to accept the annexation of about 80 acres north of the Farville Curve into the City of Jonesboro was held at the first reading. The Craighead County Fair Association wants to make that plot of land the new fairgrounds, but many people living in and around that area aren't happy about that prospect.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says now that the ordinance is held, everyone will have an opportunity to let their voices be heard.
"This will give them time to voice and state their concerns as well as the other side stating why they want to do that,"said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.
"Traffic is a major concern because on our particular street 705, there's only one way in and one way out. If fair traffic starts coming out, we'll get actually hung up in it," said resident Michelle Malone.
Again, this was held at one reading and there will be more discussions about this proposal to annex the land into the city. Region 8 News will continue to follow this story and let you know when a decision is made.
Also on Tuesday's agenda, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he would like to see more softball tournaments being held at the Southside Softball Complex.
The Jonesboro City Council gave the go ahead to make an addition to the Parks and Rec department to help recruit those tournaments. Perrin says those tournaments bring visitors to the city--and those visitors stay in Jonesboro hotels, eat in Jonesboro restaurants and shop in Jonesboro stores. Perrin says he would like to get the position filled soon to start recruiting tournaments for this summer and fall.
"That's why we're hiring someone with experience that has done this for years that can bring those tournaments to Jonesboro," said Perrin.
Perrin says the salary would be a base of 29, 625 and would be paid for out of the Parks and Recreation Department budget.