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.


The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, quarterly meetings for 2017 are, February 9, May 11, August 10, and November 9.
All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building atop Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.

HORSESHOE BEND — Municipal Recreation Improvement District Commissioners received a letter of resignation from seven-year administrative assistant Nina Windsor on Friday, September 11.
Commissioners reduced Windsor’s hours during their August 13 evening meeting, and according to Windsor, failed to discuss the job change with her.
According to the August 13 MRID minutes, Terry Smith wished to discuss the hours of operation for the administrative position, advising the hours should be cut. Mac James made a motion to reduce the hours to 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., five days a week, seconded by Smith. The motion passed unanimously and went into effect September 1.
Windsor’s resignation reads in part:
“To: Commissioners Tom Doty, Steve Boyer, Jonathan Phillips, Terry Smith and McLee James.
The purpose of this communication is to provide you with official notice of my resignation from M.R.I.D. which is effective immediately. As you felt no need to inform me of your decision to reduce my hours, and my pay by half, thereby changing my employment status to part-time, I feel no need to give you any notice of my resignation.
“On Thursday, August 20, 2015, when Mac James came into my office to sign checks, he also left the minutes of your August 13, 2015 meeting for me to type. As I read them to correct spelling errors, punctuation, word usage and formatting, I discovered that Mac James made a motion to reduce my hours (and my pay) by one half. Terry Smith (a commissioner for less than six months) seconded, and they and Tom Doty voted to approve the motion. The other two commissioners, Steve Boyer and Jonathan Phillips, were not in attendance. This obviously changed my employment status to part-time and negatively affects my life in general. As of this date, none of you have formally told me anything. I can only assume that you meant for me to discover it on my own.”
Commissioner Terry Smith stated on Friday that Windsor’s duties only require the new hours set at the August 13 meeting.
To read Windsor’s full resignation, see the Sept. 16 edition of Pacesetting Times.

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A community potluck and night of entertainment is planned in Horseshoe Bend on Friday, September 18.
“Horseshoe Bend Celebrates Life” will be held at the MRID building atop Turkey Mountain beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come, bring a potluck dish along with your recipe for your dish, and the dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Everyone needs to bring your own place settings. After the dinner and entertainment concludes, approximately 8:30 p.m., a Celebration of Life Walk will be held at the walking trail at the Horseshoe Bend Public Library, with the walkway lit with luminaria, located on Club Road.
If anyone needs a ride to the activity, please call Pat Arnold at 417-257-3773, or call the chamber office at 670-5433.

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The MRID swimming pool officially opened on Saturday, May 30. The hours for the pool are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Senior Adult Swim is held Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. Season passes are available for all. Anyone wishing to schedule Private Parties, may contact 870-750-0036 to reserve your time.

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PROPOSED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH: The Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are discussing a proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. According to AGFC Regional Maintenance Contract Coordinator Mike Cantrell, the preliminary proposal will include vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock and launch ramp. If the proposal is approved, this will become public access to Crown Lake. Some residents have questioned the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property value. According to Cantrell, a previous proposal with Box Hound Marina “is at an end pass, and done.” Box Hound Marina has recently resurfaced their boat launch which is free to use by property owners. MRID has included discussion of the proposed launch in their public meeting agenda for January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building located atop Turkey Mountain.

There will be a Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, working meeting on Monday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the MRID building, #3 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend.

With help from local volunteers, the Horseshoe Bend Municipal Recreational Improvement District has been busy renovating the amenities atop Turkey Mountain. The shuffleboard and tennis courts have been resurfaced.

MRID commissioners JR Wilson, Paul Sulser and Tom Langston display their shuffleboard skills on the newly resurfaced court.

 

Recently resurfaced tennis courts in Horseshoe Bend