Little River County Gears Up for Christmas
The Foreman City Council reviewed the upcoming Christmas events as well as took steps to clean up a park, utilize a city-owned building and employ the new sewer plan during the Nov. 18 regular council meeting.
The city of Foreman authorized the removal of five trees at the roadside park for an estimated $2,000. Mayor Bill Harp said the trees were cut down for safety reasons. “[The trees] were dead, and people were parking over there,” Harp said.
“It was just a matter of time before one of the branches broke off and nailed somebody’s car.” The city council approved the use of the city-owned building that used to be the Foreman branch of the Regions Bank for regular yoga lessons.
The yoga instructor started lessons last week, and she will use the community room in the building for all future lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. “We’ve been talking about what we were going to do with that building,” Harp said.
Since the city bought the building, it has not been in use, according to Harp. He said they have been discussing possibly moving city hall to that building.Harp said the sewer plan for the city is in the works now as well.
The city received a $200,000 grant from the state, and the engineers are currently working on accumulating other grants and loans to fund the project. “We’re in the section now where we’re selecting the engineer,” Harp said.
“It’s not far down the road. It will probably be some time next year.” The city is considering three candidates to complete the job. Harp and Eddie Smith went to a city in Arkansas to see the new system in action.
“It’s compact and easy to run,” Harp said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
During the Nov. 18 meeting, the Foreman City Council reviewed the planned events for Dec. 7 to celebrate the Christmas season.
The city will host Breakfast with Santa at the community center, various open houses throughout the day and the Foreman Christmas Parade at 6 p.m.
Other local Christmas events include the lighting of the Little River County Courthouse on Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. and the Little River County Snow Day on Dec. 14.
The Ashdown Christmas Parade will be Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., and the annual Tour of Homes is Dec. 8.
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