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Council address subdivision annexation, land purchase, food trucks and "Wall of Fame"

The Benton City Council met at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 8, facing an agenda filled with employee recognition, youth appreciation, a proclamation, the fourth quarter treasurer's report and several ordinances and resolutions.

Mayor David Mattingly submitted the treasurer's report covering the 4th quarter of 2015. The report was prepared by Jordan Woolbright, treasurer for the city.

"Wall of Fame Week" was proclaimed for February 14 - 20.

Kelsey Ramsey was name MYAC "Youth of the Month" for January 2016.

UALR Benton Teams with Winrock International's Arkansas Women's Business Center for courses

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Benton Center brings a New Year, New “U” initiative to Saline County by teaming with Winrock International’s Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) to offer the following small business development courses:

Overview of Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan to be presented

The City of Benton is currently developing a bicycle and pedestrian plan to provide a focused effort in making walking and bicycling a safe and efficient means of transportation and recreation in the City of Benton. The project team will be presenting an overview of the planning process during next Tuesday's (February 9) 6pm Planning Commission meeting at the Community Development meeting room at the Benton Municipal Complex, 114 S. East Street.

Benton Police Department Launches 'Rethink Your Drink' Initiative

The Benton Police Department is launching the “Be Someone’s Sweetheart and Rethink Your Drink” that will focus on halting impaired driving. Throughout February officers will place extra emphasis on catching anyone who chooses to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which will end up with a free trip to the Saline County jail.

The DWI task force will be in full operation along with enhanced patrol techniques to detect and arrest violators.

City Council manages light agenda in first meeting of 2016

The first meeting of the city council for 2106 was filled with items necessary for council operations and appointments to various commissions and boards.

The council approved the following resolutions by a 9 to 1 vote. Council members voting yes were Frank Baptist, Kerry Murphy, Charles Cunningham, Evelyn Reed, Bill Donnor, Jerry Ponder, Judd Hart, James Herzfeld and Lori Terrell. Alderman Steve Lee was absent.

·         Resolution 1 of 2016, establishing the time for council meetings, setting meeting agendas and establishing rules for conducting council meetings.

Committee assignments set for 2016

Alderman committee assignments have been made for 2016. The assignments are as followed:

Farmer's Market moves forward with signing of lease agreement

The exciting news about a new Farmer’s Market in Downtown Benton has moved one step closer to the drawing board. On January 8, 2016, Mayor David Mattingly signed a ten-year lease with Brown Realty for the property located at the corner of Ashley and South Main Streets.

“With the signing of the lease agreement, we can move forward with the creation of working drawings and cost projections.” says Mayor Mattingly. “And certainly a big ‘thank-you’ should go to John Young and his daughter Robin Bray for their cooperation in finalizing the lease and making this project possible.”

Animal Control continues improvements

Working with animals is a noble profession, requiring dedication and oftentimes very long hours. Terry Parsons was hired as director of the Animal Control Department in Benton on February 18, 2014 and improvements began on Day 1.

Council ends 2015 with lengthy agenda

2015 has been filled with economic growth for Benton, so it is only fitting that the final meeting of the city council focused primarily on continuing the momentum our city is experiencing. The council passed seven ordinances, heard the first reading on proposed water rates and approved six resolutions.

Two Benton officers graduate from Advanced Law Enforcement Supervision Course


Recently, Lt. Eric Haworth and Lt. Terry Fuller of the Benton Police Department completed an advanced criminal justice course of study offered through the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.