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Personnel Committee interviews candidates for open council seat


Members of the city council listened as Human Resources Manager Kathy Kirk questioned seven candidates during individual interviews for the open Ward 2, Position 1 seat on the evening of June 22. The candidates responded to advertisements for the seat and completed documentation require...

Mayor Mattingly announces he will not run for a third term


Mayor David Mattingly announced today that he will not be seeking a third term in the General Election to be held in November 2018.  There are sixteen months remaining in his second term, and he intends to dedicate the necessary time and effort to see the completion of several projects, ...

Parks Committee hears membership discounts, other issues


The Parks & Recreation Committee met on June 19 in the Mayor’s Conference Room of the Benton Municipal Complex. After approving the minutes from a previous meeting, the committee unanimously approved a motion to create a discount membership rate to the River Center for active and ret...

A&P Commission reviews bond payment, fund requests


The Advertising & Promotion Commission met on June 15 at the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce. Commission members present for the meeting were Elgin Hammer IV, Luke Moody, Bill Eldridge, Alison Burch and city aldermen Jerry Ponder and Bill Donnor. Chairman Mark Fikes was absent. Bill Eldridge ...

Council approves bond payment, land purchase and commission appointment


The June 12 meeting of the city council was short in duration, but long on impact.  Resolution 55 of 2017 authorized the partial redemption of city gross receipts from the Advertising & Promotion tax (A&P). The Advertising & Promotion Commission sought permission to pay $1.7 m...

Planning & Zoning Commission approves plat for The Vineyard


During a special called meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission on May 30, members approved an annexation preliminary plat for The Vineyards subdivision to be located in the Hurricane Lake Estates area. Developer Gary Kennedy was on hand to answer questions and to discuss utility matters....

Personnel Committee sets questions and selection process for open council seat


The Personnel Committee of the city council met on Tuesday, May 30 to review the candidate list and to approve interview questions for the open Ward 2, Position 1 seat.  Alderman Bill Donnor, chair of the committee, informed the members that nine (9) individuals submitted a resume to fill...

Aldermen hear good news at Finance Committee meeting


In a time when some municipalities are struggling with budget issues, Mayor David Mattingly and members of the Finance Committee listened as three items brought good news to the table. Fire Chief Bill Ford informed the committee that he has received a letter from the Environmental Protection A...

Agave Grill coming to Benton


Agave Grill has begun remodeling a well known location in Benton for their new restaurant. Blogger Jerry Coston has all the details at the Benton Proud blog.  http://bentonproud.com/the-agave-grill/#comment-12231

City council addressed issues of lease agreement, rezoning, nuisance abatement and sewer connection


The Benton City Council faced a light agenda on the evening of May 22. One ordinance and three resolutions were addressed during the meeting that began at 7 p.m. Council members present for the meeting were Frank Baptist, Kerry Murphy, Evelyn Reed, Bill Donnor, Jerry Ponder, Judd Hart, James Herz...

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