City Council Closes 2006

DECEMBER 19, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:00 P.M. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Dozens of Jonesboro residents were present Tuesday night as the Jonesboro City Council met for their last regular meeting of 2006.

Among many items on the agenda was the adoption of a resolution to create contract agreements for a flood abatement project at the 2400 block of East Nettleton. The other drainage project discussed was the Valley Drive and Owens Street drainage improvements, where the council voted to begin that project and extend the completion date.

The other big item on the agenda was the need to fill the current vacancy on the council. Alderman Jimmy Ashley announced his resignation last week, but his seat won't officially be vacant until December 31 of this year.

The nominating and rules committee met prior to the council meeting and decided that at the next full council meeting on January 2nd, they will publicly announce the vacancy and allow resumes to be submitted over a 30 day period.

"We're going to even probably ask for an essay of some kind just to let us know why you're wanting the position, so we going to try to make it as strenuous as it possibly can be, without having an election," says Alderman Tim McCall, the chair of the nominating and rules committee.

The proposed candidate for the council must reside in ward 6, the ward that the vacancy is open. After the nominating committee has narrowed the candidates down to 5, they will be presented to the council for a majority vote in a public council meeting.