Safety was on the mind of some citizens from Indian Mound Circle at last night’s Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. Citizens came out to express concerns about an incident that allegedly occurred on June 5 where a woman who was being pursued by police came up the street dropping drugs and drug paraphernalia into yards. They were concerned because the woman was not arrested. Jacksboro Mayor June Forstner said that she spoke with the police department, and she was told, “They did not have anything to charge the woman with and had to release her.” Allegedly the drug paraphernalia. along with heroin, was found the next day in a yard in the neighborhood. Police did return to pick up the items.
Concerns in the same neighborhood were also raised about ATV and semi-truck traffic through the neighborhood. Forstner said that ATVs were not allowed on Jacksboro city streets, and she had addressed the truck issue with business owners. City attorney Steve Hurst suggested that Forstner have an informal meeting with the police department to pass along the information and see how they can resolve the issue.
Forstner brought up the topic of how many people they currently have on the garbage truck, when picking up trash. Currently they have two people working on the truck but need four. At this point, Aldermen Ray Green presented Forstner with two applications for the street department. He suggested they hire one-person full time and one-person part time, both on a 90-day probationary period. Ray Green made the motion to move forward with the hiring, seconded by Shayne Green, members of the board voted yes, Forstner voted no.
Resolution No. 352 to continue the fiscal year budget ending June 30, 2018, was approved. Resolution No. 353 to amend the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 was also approved.
In the final business of the night, Aldermen Shayne Green made a motion that the city purchase a John Deere tractor with a boom mower to mow the right of ways utilizing a state contract rate. All members of the board agreed to the purchase in the amount of $126,755. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/06/2018-6AM)