WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Media outlets have been notified of a special Walnut Ridge City Council meeting to happen Monday evening at 4:30 p.m.
The meeting will be at city hall to propose a resolution to start the process of refunding fire fee, Amanda Torres with the City of Walnut Ridge said in an email.
Monday, Aug. 15 at the Walnut Ridge City Council meeting, Mayor Charles Snapp made a request to the council to repeal the fire protection fee ordinance, Ordinance 507, which was passed in 1987. Snapp received a Freedom of Information Act request from Mark Rees, of Rees Law Firm in Jonesboro, which led to City Attorney Nancy Hall reviewing the ordinance in question.
Hall determined it was highly unlikely the ordinance would withstand legal challenge. Instead of fighting an unwinnable battle in court, Snapp opted to take the proactive approach and to do what he felt was right by his constituency.