The Van Buren City Council approved a resolution Monday that if signed by the city attorney Thursday will abolish the city’s requirement to publish public notices in its local newspaper, The Press Argus-Courier.
The ordinance cites Arkansas municipal government statute 14-55-206 that says “bylaws or ordinances of a general permanent nature and all those imposing any fine, penalty, or forfeiture” can be posted in “five of the most public places designated by the governing body” in a “municipality in which no newspaper is published, written or printed.”
The ordinance was passed unanimously with an emergency clause that states it is “necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, and welfare” of the city.
The Press Argus-Courier, a sister newspaper to the Times Record under Gatehouse Media ownership, remains in delivery to Van Buren residents with a circulation of 1,685 as of Wednesday. A single office for the Booneville Democrat, Greenwood Democrat, Press Argus-Courier and Times Record was created at Central Mall in Fort Smith in September.
The five places chosen by the Van Buren City Council to post notices are: Van Buren Municipal Complex, Van Buren Library, Van Buren Municipal Annex, Van Buren Police Department and the Van Buren Senior Center.
Two other ordinances regarding purchase of a truck for the police department and establishment of a new farmers market organization were also passed Monday night.