by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Present were Aldermen Luther Yancey, Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze and Ron Yow. Absent were Aldermen John Grochowski and Tom Richardson.
Yow moved to approve the June Council minutes, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the June Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Bob Barnes read a thank you letter from Governor Asa Hutchinson for approving his Resolution on Internet Sales Tax. Barnes then read a letter of resignation from Jack Tharp who served as an MRID Commissioner. Tharp is moving outside of Horseshoe Bend city limits.
The Committee Reports were given and there were no comments from the public.
Under New Business was the appointment of Mike Smith to the Airport Commission. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 19.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski and City Attorney Jim Short.
All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and Mayor Bob Barnes led in prayer.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve the November minutes, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the November Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion carried unanimously. Committee Reports were given from the Public Works Department, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Code Enforcement, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Recycling Center and the Library.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
The first item on the agenda under unfinished business was Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl). Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 on its third and final reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes then entertained a motion to pass Ordinance 2016-02. Yow so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes entertained a motion to accept the bid from Bethune Painting Inc. of Jonesboro to paint City Hall. Moser so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion carried unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to place stop signs and warning signs on Ivory Lane by Crown Point Resort. The estimated cost is $400. McKnight so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow who voted no. Motion passed.
Under new business, Barnes entertained a motion to approve the 2017 City Finance and City Council meeting schedule. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to approve Resolution 2016-08 (To Pass and Approve the Budget for the City of Horseshoe Bend beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017). Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Luther Yancey and David Seibert appeared before the council to be considered for the position of Alderman in Ward 1 left vacant by Chris Miller. Both candidates had previously served on the City Council. The Aldermen voted one for Seibert and six for Yancey.
Barnes appointed Yancey to serve on the City Council effective January 1. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Moser so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously. Barnes thanked Seibert for applying to the position.
Barnes announced that Oath of Office would take place on Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. He then went on to thank the City Council, Short, and Grabowski for their service to the city this term and gave his appreciation for the work they have accomplished.
“It truly has been an honor to serve with y’all this last term, I’m looking forward to the next two years. Y’all have done a great job, together we have accomplished a lot. I’m proud of what we have done,” said Barnes.
Yow added, “I just want to say it has been a pleasure working with you Mr. Mayor. I think we have done a lot of good and I look forward to a good two years ahead and being able to accomplish more for the City of Horseshoe Bend, all of us working together.”
With no further business to come before the council, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council met in regular session at the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent were Aldermen Chris Miller, Tom Richardson and City Attorney Jim Short.
Barnes lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve September minutes as corrected, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously. The correction made to the September minutes is as follows: Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) on its second reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Grochowski and McKnight voting no. Motion failed.
Yow moved to accept the September Treasurer’s Report seconded by Moser. All voted in favor.
Committee Reports were read from Public Works Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Code Enforcement and the Recycling Center.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
Under unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) by title only. Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and put it on the second reading by title only, Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of McKnight voting no. Motion passed.
Due to the passing of Alan Fahrenberg, Barnes appointed Carol Fahrenberg as Crown Street Improvement District Commissioner to complete the term. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment, Grochowski so moved, seconded by Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Pat Behrndt, owner of Crown Point Resort, addressed the City Council requesting the city consider placing either speed bumps or stop signs and flashing lights on Ivory Lane to slow down speeding traffic in front of the resort. “We’ve been having a real problem with traffic,” said Behrndt. He explained that his first choice would be to place speed bumps on the road but Grabowski said that it would hinder snow removal. “It’s definitely going to limit you on snow removal, for sure,” said Donny Dawson, Pubic Works Director for Horseshoe Bend.
Behrndt then requested the city make a four way stop at the entrance of the resort. “I just don’t know any other answer,” said Behrndt.
“If people know they have to stop there, it will detour a lot of traffic,” he said. McKnight moved to defer Behrndt’s request to the Finance Committee for further discussion and consideration, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Behrndt then addressed the council about his desire to install park models along the lake front of Crown Point. He was advised by Barnes that his request must be taken before the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl) on its first reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Next on the agenda was to allocate funds to paint the outside metal trim of the City Hall building.
Dawson said that the people coming to give a bid are supposed to come one day this week. McKnight moved to approve the beautification of City Hall by painting the trim and directing Dawson to obtain bids for the project, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow voting no. Motion passed.
Barnes entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2016-07 (Certifying 2016 Millage Rates), Yow so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Barnes stated that the Millage Rates would stay the same.
Barnes proclaimed October 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Proclamation. Grabowski read the Proclamation to all in attendance.
The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on November 9.
With no other business to come before the Council, Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. All were in favor. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend voted to continue the City’s contract with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) during the December council meeting.
The contract with ICSO will continue for four years, through December 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $243,600 for 2015, or $20,300 a month; $247,254 for 2016; $250,962 for 2017; and $254,726 for 2018. Contract rates reflect a 1.5% annual increase as called for in the contract.
ICSO took over the jurisdiction of Horseshoe Bend in September of 2013 signing a 16 month contract at that time, for $240,000 a year. One of three Horseshoe Bend officers hired by ICSO still remains employed by the county, Michael Smith. City Council voted 6-2 in July 2013 to approve the county contract, following a heated discussion, with over 150 residents attending that meeting.
The new agreement was signed on December 15 and ICSO will continue to provide 24/7 full public safety services for the city of Horseshoe Bend, with the county furnishing and supplying all necessary labor, supervision, equipment, communications and dispatching facilities necessary to maintain the level of service to be rendered.
The city will provide utilities for the sheriff’s substation located downstairs at city hall.
The agreement between the city and ICSO may be terminated by either party upon a 60-day written notice. Future contract agreements will be for a period of five years.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council met on September 22. Mayor Bob Barnes presented a Service Awards to Paul Sulser and his wife, Virginia, for their many years of service to the city of Horseshoe Bend. Barnes honored Joe and Les Valenta for their Armed Service during World War II. Joe and Les recently returned from a trip from Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Program. Barnes presented them a copy of the letter he wrote and was handed out during mail call on the return trip. Continuing with the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer of the Year program, Barnes presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for October 27 at 6 p.m. For additional Horseshoe Bend City Council action read this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford
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The deadline to file for municipal office was Friday, August 15 at noon, and the following races have emerged for the November 4 General Election.
In Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 1, Position 1, James I. Davis, incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Teresa Orrick; Ward 2, Position 1, Joseph (Joe) Moser; Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 1, Bobby Martin “Marty” McKnight, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 2, O.G. “Sonny” Minze, incumbent; Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt; and Ward 4, Position 2, Ronald S. Yow, incumbent.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook; Alderman, Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1, Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2, Position 1, Ronald Treat; Ward 2, Position 2, Laura Sipe; Ward 3, Position 1, Jerry W. Crosby; Ward 3, Position 2, Paul D. Womack; Ward 4, Position 1, Trey Lamb; and Ward 4, Position 2, Sonia Blankenship.
The Annual School Board Election will be September 16. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a full list of candidates running in area elections, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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Horseshoe Bend Mayor Barnes presented service awards to Donny Gleghorn for five years of dedicated service and to Marty Roberts for 35 years of service at the Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting held on July 28. Barnes also gave a short brief on the semi-annual Mayor Main Street Forum he held on July 22. A video was created to promote tourism to our area and was premiered at the forum. The video may be viewed on either the City or Chamber website, YouTube, or the City’s Facebook page. Pictured is Roberts (l) and Barnes. For the full Council minutes, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

HORSESHOE BEND — Chairman McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on August 14, 2013.
Present: Alderman Harold Faigle, Alderman Nate Wolff, Alderman Nicki West, Alderman Marty McKnight, Alderman Sonny Minze, Alderman John Grochowski, Alderman Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski. Absent: Alderman James Davis.
Approval of Minutes: Alderman Yow moved to accept July 2013 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Barnes reported the city received $24,325.09 in sales tax for the month of July 2013. He also reported that the street department received its first payment from the ½ percent state sales tax increase in the amount of $1,500. The Sheriff department has been working on the sub-station and they also painted the lines in the parking lot, Mayor Barnes will contact Valsper for a credit on the paint.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to the city council Grant Resolution 2013-11 for the pumper truck, seconded by Alderman West. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Alderman Minze moved to defer to the city council Loan Resolution 2013-13 for the sewer project, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-12 (Granting the Mayor to transfer certain police vehicles to the Izard County Sheriff Dept), seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Yow moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-14 (Authorizing the Mayor to apply for a grant on behalf of the Horseshoe Bend Community), seconded by Mayor Barnes. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Grochowski moved to have bank statements brought to the finance committee meeting for review each month. Motion failed for a lack of a second.
Alderman Grochowski moved to form an adhoc committee to review the employee handbook, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed 5 to 4. Aldermen Yow, Grochowski, and Michelle Grabowski will serve on the committee to review the employee handbook.
Other topics discussed were Animal Control, Mayor/Recorder Treasurer Salaries, Office Personnel Job Descriptions, Legacy Consulting, Posting City Contracts on the Web site, Follow-up on meeting with Fairfield Bay and Cherokee Village.
Dwight Lufkin appeared before the council to request an amendment to Title 7 of the municipal code authorizing real estate agents to have directional signs leading to the property for sale. Michelle Grabowski will assist Mr. Lufkin with a draft ordinance for council review.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for September 11 at 6 p.m.