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A new year, another government formed.
The Mountain Home City Council voted to pass a resolution, as required by state law, to organize its governing body for the new year.
This new year will see things mostly staying the same within the City of Mountain Home. Meetings will be attended by the Mayor, City Clerk, City Attorney and Council members, alongside other appointed officials who may need to be in attendance to discuss city matters with the council.
The council also agreed to continue to use Robert’s Rules of Order as its standard guide to its parliamentary procedure. City Council also agreed to re-recognize the Administration, Parks & Recreation, Personnel, Public Safety, Street and Water & Wastewater committees for this year.
Mayor Hillrey Adams will continue to preside over the council as its ex-offico president and will continue to preside over each meeting. If Adams is unable to perform his duties due to illness, travel, or an emergency, then City Clerk Scott Liles or another designated person may take over in his absence.
City Council may also temporarily appoint an unelected official to the Mayor’s Office if Adams or another elected official is unavailable to perform the duty.
While much of this year’s government is staying in line with what was seen last year, members of the Mountain Home City Council did agree to move up their bi-monthly meetings from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m., drawing one comment from a dissenter in the crowd who was concerned about the public not being able to attend the meetings due to work.
Mayor Adams said that the decision to move up the meetings by an hour was to better assist the various department heads in getting through the day, as many of them are at work before 7 a.m.
The Mayor also noted that many of those sitting on City Council work 9-5 jobs and will be able to make the meetings on time.
“It’s no different than if it was at one o’clock in the afternoon,” Adams said. “We’ve got council members that work until 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., and they’re able to make it. We also have a lot of people, especially directors who work for the city, that come to work at 7 o’clock in the morning. And on the nights of City Council meetings, they’re here and it’s a long gap for them, so we’re trying to shorten that gap down. Instead of going earlier than five like some places have done, I didn’t want to back up any earlier than that.”
Following their resolution to organize 2024’s government, City Council voted on a resolution to apply a lien on Caleb Woodell’s property on Rossi Road in Mountain Home. The lien was applied after the city was forced to pay $9,058.51 to clean up the property.
Mayor Adams said that the property became an eyesore to neighbors in the surrounding area and required six hauling trips to clean up. The property owner is currently serving four years in prison for domestic battery involving cases with one woman who had to be transported to Springfield for injuries received by Woodell during an argument, as well as a case involving the abuse of Woodell’s two daughters.
The meeting ended following a request by Mountain Home Police Chief Eddie Griffin to dispose of old equipment.