Unfinished projects prompt Crossett City Council to take action

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(05/23/19) A few major projects in Crossett just aren’t getting done. Now, the push is on to get that work complete. One city council member suggests it’s time to hire more hands.

”These properties require maintenance that unfortunately we haven’t been able to get to for quite a length of time,” Councilwoman Crystal Marshall said.

One of the biggest priorities on their list is repairing a bridge at the city park. 

“It has been on our list for at least two years now, and we’ve been monitoring it,” she said. “It continues to deteriorate. Unfortunately I believe it’s beginning to be a safety hazard.”

Another issue that has yet to be addressed is at the Crossett Youth Center.

“We’ve definitely wanted to put in a walking path in the fence in front of the youth center,” Marshall said.

The fence that’s up now makes it more difficult for people to enter the playground. The city has the workers but it’s been a hassle to complete projects when other issues arise.

“We had every intention of getting to them and have added them to our priority list but unfortunately we don’t have personnel to dedicate to those due to conflicting priorities in other departments,” she said.

Marshall would like to see the city hire someone who would float from each department.

“Really we’re looking for someone who has a multitude of skills, carpentry, fencing, concrete work basically a jack of all trades,” Marshall said.

No particular person or department is at fault for the work not getting done. Their priority list just grows day after day.

“So, while the intent may be there we may wake up to a different priority,” she said.

Marshall is working with community members to come up with a solution to the problem. She invites the public to the next city council meeting on June 17 at 6 p.m. in the Crossett Pulic Library.

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