The City of Quitman Mayor, Council and Employees would like to make residents aware of what is taking place in Quitman. Cyndi Kerr, Mayor, as well as the City Council have several public service announcements, projects and improvements going on and they would like to update you on each one of them.
Notification: Your Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is available at www.healthy.arkansas.gov/eng/ccr/105.pdf
Copies are also available upon request from the City Hall Office.
Those wanting to sign-up for city trash service can do so by calling City Hall. You can only sign-up at the beginning of the month so if you want service, please, let us know a week in advance so we can make sure your information is put in before the bills go out. Diamond State Sanitation is the trash provider so any concerns about the service needs to be addressed with them @ 501-314-6454. The City simply just mails the bills and places the trash cans. Diamond State Sanitation gives the city $1.50 per each customer for doing so.
Quitman EMS is in great need of volunteer EMTs, RNs & drivers. NorthStar EMS will no longer be covering the Quitman area beginning June 1, 2018 therefore Quitman EMS will begin operating the volunteer ambulance service to the area once again. We are looking for compassionate, enthusiastic and motivated people to become a part of a very special team of medical professionals who are needed and appreciated by our community. Training will be provided to those that qualify. Being a volunteer is about one thing. It’s about heart. If you’ve got the heart, a clean driving record and background check you may be able to serve this community in a way that few others can! You do not have to be a resident of Quitman to volunteer. We have living quarters for those who are volunteering to stay if wanted or needed. For more information contact Sam Pike 501-206-4825
For those living in Faulkner County when you dial 911 you will reach Faulkner County Dispatch. If you would like to request Quitman EMS to respond due to location and response time you can ask Faulkner County Dispatch to transfer your call to Cleburne County. If at any time Quitman EMS is not available the first backup service will be NorthStar for those in Cleburne County and MEMS for Faulkner County.
We also need volunteer firefighters if you are interested in helping provide this service please call Tim Pike 501-454-4713
In June, the city will be flushing water lines and checking fire hydrants which may take the complete month of June to finish. At times you may experience low water pressure or discolored water during this time period. They have no reason to believe that the water would be unsafe to drink, however, you may want to postpone doing laundry until your water is clear. All testing will be done during the hours of 9a-3pm. Please keep an eye out for crews working on the side of the road.
The parade will be on June 30th beginning at the school and ending at the First Baptist Church. The theme will be IN GOD WE TRUST. Lineup is at the football parking lot at 9am. The Veteran’s Ceremony will be immediately after the parade at the Quitman City Hall Park. There will be free hot dogs, snow cones and drinks. The Ceremony is sponsored by the City of Quitman, Centennial Bank, Woodmen of the World and Diamond State Sanitation. They encourage those who can to enter a float, car, bicycle, ATVs, horses, etc. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your lawn chair with you please.
QuitmanFest is September 29th 10a-6p @ Quitman Sports Complex. There will be lots of fun things for the kids and adults. There will be no admission fee. They will have all kinds of food, vendors, kickball tournament, horseshoe tournament, pageant, bounce house, etc. Check out www.quitmanfest.com for all the details. All proceeds go toward improvements and maintenance to the Sports Complex.
Construction around town:
They are finishing up on replacing the galvanized lines in town and all should be completed before the end of the year.
College Street North is being paved and additional parking spaces are being added. This portion of College will now be a one way street. There has been an issue with downtown parking, since, the State Highway put in the turning lane several years back. In order, to keep our downtown progressing the City Council voted that they wanted to improve the downtown area versus watch it deteriorate.
The Sports Complex parking lot has been repaved and will be striped soon.
The City of Quitman received the grant for sidewalks again this year and they will extending the sidewalks to the North Point Apartments, down Pine St. and a portion of Locust St. This grant is an 80/20 grant so they are blessed to have received it three times now.
The City is on the top of the list for the Street Grant Program next year. They are repaving a few streets this year but will do more paving next year.