TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - After much debate, the city of Trumann has changed residency requirements for city employees.
In the past, city employees had to live within a two-mile radius of the city limits. Now, there is no limit to where they can live.
Many residents disagree with the new policy, and believe employees should live within the city. While she understands their opinions, Mayor Barbara Lewallen believes the change will be great for the community.
"We need to take into consideration that we are a mobile regional society, and that we need to enlarge our pool of workers," Lewallen said. "Certainly, if there are Trumann residents who apply for a city job, they are priority," she added.
She said employees who have jobs that require a quick response should live within a close radius of the city.
Also, city employees with cars can only take a city-issued car home if they live within a 10-mile radius of the city limits.
Although she believes this decision was a good one, Lewallen said it can be amended if it turns out to not be good for the city.
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