MH council approves change in fines, makes purchases

The new bandshell at Mountain Home’s Hickory Park will resemble this structure previously designed by Tyler Truss Systems of Indiana.

In a brief session Thursday evening, the Mountain Home City Council approved three ordinances and the purchase of a truck for the water department and a truss system for the new bandshell at Hickory Park.

The council suspended the rules on all measures and approved them by 6-0 votes, after three readings, with council members Paige Evans and Don Webb absent. The council also enacted the emergency clause to make the ordinances effective immediately.

The city will now collect less fines from defendants who plead guilty, no contest or are convicted in district court. Fines were levied at a $20 level previously, but the ordinance reduces the amount to $5.

Mountain Home Police Chief Carry Manuel discusses the move.


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The chief adds the change was necessary due to legal considerations.


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After waiving the competitive bidding process, the council approved the purchase of a truss system from Tyler Truss of Indiana at a cost of $30,901 for the new bandshell at Hickory Park. The cost includes shipping, and Tyler Truss provided the lowest quote among vendors contacted. The specialized truss system is engineered specifically for outdoor structures and will support a specially designed roof seen typically at concert venues.

Mayor Hillrey Adams says he contacted musicians about the structure before the design choice.


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Adams on the what the finished structure will look like.


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The bandshell is being paid for by a $75,000 commitment from Farmers & Merchants Bank in Mountain Home, which will make yearly contributions of $7,500.

Adams says the stage and the scheduled concert series will help make Hickory Park a destination in the downtown area.


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The final purchase of the meeting was for a truck from Ultimate Auto Group in Mountain Home. The truck replaces a vehicle totaled in an accident on the Sheid-Hopper Bypass, according to Alma Clark, director of the Mountain Home Water Department. The council waived competitive bidding as the price offered by the local dealership is better than those obtained through state bids. Clark added the city has already been compensated for the loss of the vehicle by an insurance company.

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