Tontitown Alderman Seeking Special Election Regarding Fire Department

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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.


  • Sarah 4.0

    The hits just keep on coming.
    Please sit on your proverbial hands and give these newly elected officials a chance to prove themselves.
    Remember Mr. Edgemon, you were a newby once as well.

  • Jim

    Can’t have a referendum on the city signing a contract. State law.

    It’s like fayetteville waiving competitive bids, start on a multimillion dollar project, then a referendum gets it shut down with half built facilities and a breach of contract. Heck, let’s have referendums on any purchase.

    Oh, let’s have a refferundum on the city’s budget ordinance so they violate the law and cant legally spend any money. See- makes no sense.

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