Friday, February 10, 2017

TOP STORY >> Protesters plan to rally in Ward

Leader staff writer

Ward residents are planning to protest their concerns during the city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chamber at city hall.

Residents have been organizing their demonstration on Facebook.

Some people will be protesting against water and sewer bills rates. Another issue is former is Ward probation officer Mark Brooke’s transfer to the city’s street department after being arrested for soliciting sex from a female probationer by the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office during a sting.

A third issue is the city plans to alert the public during a tornado warning. The city wants residents to use weather radios or sign up for a warning service that notifies people on their cell phones.

Ward police spokesman Lt. Eric Sims said additional officers will be at the city council meeting for security.

The city council meeting agenda is not long.

City operations director Charles Gastineau will give a presentation on ways to notify the public of severe weather warnings. Fire Chief Randy Staley and Police Chief Steve Benton will talk about the fire and police departments.

Residents Robin Hefner, Dustin Johnson and Chastity Scott will each speak for three minutes about concerns they have about the city.