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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • Caddo Valley votes to post ordinances rather than publishing in newspapers

  • With two of the six council members absent, the Caddo Valley City Council voted to post ordinances in “public places” rather than publishing them in a local newspaper. Council members also discussed appointments to the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission and the conversation became heated when one council member said she’s requested A&P records that seem to be unavailable.

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  • With two of the six council members absent, the Caddo Valley City Council voted to post ordinances in “public places” rather than publishing them in a local newspaper. Council members also discussed appointments to the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission and the conversation became heated when one council member said she’s requested A&P records that seem to be unavailable.
    Caddo Valley Mayor Alan Dillavou presented an ordinance “designating places for the posting of ordinances” as one of the final orders of business during the meeting. The ordinance reads, in part, “Whereas no newspaper is published in the City of Caddo Valley … The following places, which are hereby found to be five of the most public places in (Caddo Valley), are hereby designated for the posting of the notice of the adoption of ordinances.” The five are City Hall, Valley Exxon, Waffle House, Jordan’s Kwik Stop and Fat Boys.
    When the ordinance was questioned, Caddo Valley Administrative Assistant Heather Story read a copy of a page from the Municipal League Handbook which indicates that ordinances must be “published in some newspaper.” A section of that law reads, “In municipalities in which no newspaper is published, written or printed notices posted in five of the most public places … shall be deemed a sufficient publication.” An amendment to that ordinance indicates that ordinances must be published in some newspaper “of general circulation” to that town.
    Dillavou said he’d contacted the Municipal League and was assured that the posting of ordinances is legal. He also said that the purpose for not publishing in the newspaper was purely a financial decision.
    Of the four council members present, only Councilwoman Dona Burton voted against the ordinance. Councilmen Shawn Cowart, Stan Roberson and Jerry Walker approved the measure. The ordinance is slated for its second reading at the May meeting.
    In other business, the council was asked to approve two appointments to the city’s A&P Commission. Walker, who serves on that Commission, said that the Commission recommends that McDonald’s general manager, Joe Smith, be appointed to one of the seats and that Dillavou be appointed to the other. The council unanimously approved Smith’s appointment but both Cowart and Burton voted against the recommendation that Dillavou take the other seat.
    There were apparently two candidates mentioned for the two seats currently up for grabs but the other candidates were not named.
    Dillavou asked if the council intended to leave one of those seats vacant.
    “We have to fill it,” Cowart said. “But if there’s been controversy about the appointment, I see no reason to approve it.”
    “I would rather table it,” Roberson said as the council began discussing the possibility of sending the issue back to the Commission. “I think it’s worth waiting to see what (Warner and Wright) want to do.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Burton then turned the discussion to a request she’s made for a list of A&P Commission members and their dates of service, including appointment dates and the dates terms end for each. Burton said she’d presented a Freedom of Information request to the city but hadn’t received a reply.
     
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