Tontitown Alderman Seeking Special Election Regarding Fire Department
TONTITOWN (KFSM)- A Tontitown alderman plans to collect signatures on two petitions that could force a special election regarding the city’s fire department.
On March 3, the Tontitown City Council passed two ordinances that will put all fire protection and emergency services in the hands of the Tontitown Area Volunteer Fire Department 30 days after the vote, eliminating the city fire department.
One of the ordinances amended a section of the Tontitown Code of Ordinances that deals with the fire department and the other waived competitive bidding, authorizing a fire protection services contract with the Tontitown Area Volunteer Fire Department.
Alderman Joe Edgemon has drafted two referendum petitions that seek to repeal both ordinances through a special election. He will present them to the City Council on Thursday (March 12) and said he plans to start collecting signatures this weekend.
Edgemon will have to collect about 150 signatures on each petition by early April in order to hold a special election on June 9.