June 17th, 2014
Two ordinances that would lower the salaries for Bauxite City Council members and for the mayor were tabled in a regular council meeting Monday night.
In an email to Bauxite aldermen, Mayor Johnny McMahan explained that he believes the current salaries for the alderman and for the mayor are too high based on the number of residents in Bauxite. The mayor provided a list of comparable aldermen's and mayors' salaries from similar sized towns in Arkansas.
Gary Weems, 59, of Benton was killed in a single-vehicle accident around 3:40 p.m. Sunday in Garland County when he lost control of his 1999 Ford F-250.
According the the Arkansas State Police, Weems was traveling eastbound on U.S. 270 near Crystal Springs when his vehicle left the roadway, overturned and crashed into a tree. The truck's cab was crushed.
Weems was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:35 p.m. by Jayson Neighbors, Garland County coroner.
Benton City Council met in a special session Monday night to hear the second of three required readings of an eminent domain ordinance related to an Alcoa Road expansion project.
The third and final reading is scheduled for the council's regular meeting on June 23.
City Attorney Brent Houston previously informed the council that an additional six tracts are needed for rights of way for the proposed reconstruction project, bringing the total to 15 properties.