On June 3, the Horatio City Council passed an ordinance to outlaw dumpster diving within city limits and a resolution to apply for the FUN Park Grant offered by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
Dumpster diving has become a recent problem, according to Debbi Neel, recorder and treasurer. She said the ordinance was passed for reasons of safety and cleanliness.
“We will put signs on the dumpsters,” Neel said.
With the passing of the ordinance, dumpster diving within Horatio city limits will now result in a citation and a fine of $100.
Mobile home amendment tabled
City Attorney Erin Hunter also presented the mobile home amendment, but the council tabled the amendment until a meeting scheduled for June 17.
$50,000 grant for city parks
The council passed a resolution to apply for a $50,000 grant to improve the city park with innovations such as handicap parking, playground equipment, new signs, grills and renovations for the pavilion. They applied for the grant last year, and Neel said Horatio was one of the finalists but ultimately did not receive it.
This summer, the council will hold three to five public meetings to advertise the grant application, inspire interest and receive feedback.
Community involvement committee
Christina Willis and Emilee Vaught attended the meeting to form a committee dedicated to community involvement in Horatio.
“We’re trying to highlight that July is national parks and rec month,” Vaught said. “We’re going to try to get a few activities going to get people out and visiting and active at the park and around town.”
Vaught said she and Willis want to plan a festival in the fall similar to the spring festival that Horatio used to celebrate every year.
The city council holds meetings during the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, and the public is welcome to attend.