Much of Tuesday night's meeting of the Hope City Board proved to be routine business until a man, identified as Wayne Pemberton, got up during Citizen's Requests and claimed he had issues with the Hope Police Department regarding excessive traffic warnings.
Much of Tuesday night’s meeting of the Hope City Board proved to be routine business until a man, identified as Wayne Pemberton, got up during Citizen’s Requests and claimed he had issues with the Hope Police Department regarding excessive traffic warnings.
Pemberton said that was injured in a motorcycle accident 10 years ago, and said he could no longer wear a seatbelt with shoulder strap on his arm.
“I am not satisfied with the police, and I want those warnings off my driving record,” Pemberton said.
Pemberton said he had a special Medical Exemption Code on his Arkansas State Driver’s license, which directs any officer to examine the back of his license.
Puzzled, Mayor Steve Montgomery examined Pemberton’s license and well as a doctor’s letter that Pemberton presented. Montgomery asked if Pemberton had spoken with Police Chief J.R. Wilson, which Pemberton replied he had not.
For his part, Wilson was equally incredulous, saying “I had heard a discussion regarding this situation second-hand, but I had not spoken with him.”
Wilson offered that a “misunderstanding” may have occurred with one of the newer officers on the street, and he offered to meet with Pemberton in person to address his concerns.
The Hope Board also addressed old business with some outstanding appointments on the Housing Authority board, where William Tolleson was announced to be “not returning,” and the Housing Authority was still looking for someone to recommend.
The Hope Board did reappoint Floyd Young, and he will now serve through 2021.
Unlike other city boards and commissions, the Hope Housing Authority board appointment must also be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Hope Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency, located at 720 Texas Street.
In other Hope City Board news:
• The board approved a bid for City Hall Lawn maintenance for 2018 for $399 per month from Pecas Lawn Care. Other bids were $1,060 per month from Vernon Human and $885 from Big Red Lawns. Pecas also did City Hall’s lawn maintenance last year.
• The board approved bid a QT 4000 card reader for the fuel station at the Hope Airport. The only bidder was Rebel Services of Ripley, Mississippi. Paul Henley, who also oversees the airport for the City of Hope, said the card reader was a “highly specialized piece of equipment.” The bid was approved at $24,113.27, and also includes a "premium plan" maintenance agreement for $1,995 and 9.5% sales tax of $2,092.02. City Manager Catherine Cook said that the city will get a $16,000 grant from Arkansas Department of Aeronautics to offset the cost.