By Louie Graves
An ordinance changing the filing deadline for independent candidates for Nashville city offices was tabled, last week, and the city attorney will re-write the document.
There has been a recent trend in candidates either not filing for re-election, or deciding to run as an independent. Many cities in Arkansas have adopted an ordinance changing the deadline to file as an independent, but Nashville’s was different because of an ordinance adopted here in 1987.
The new ordinance will set the filing deadline for candidates in races after Jan. 1, 2017.
In its regular meeting for July, last week, the council got updates on public works projects and park projects. The council approved a resolution enabling the city to seek a state grant to complete some work at the city park.
Present for the brief meeting were Mayor Billy Ray Jones, City Clerk Mary Woodruff, and council members Andy Anderson, Carol Mitchell, James Parker, Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick, Vivian Wright, Monica Clark, Nick Davis, Donna Harwell, Joe Hoen and Matt Smith. Also, financial officer Jimmy Dale, Police Chief Dale Pierce, City Attorney Bryan Chesshir, Parks and Recreation Director Wendy Harris, and Public Works Director Larry Dunaway.