Members of the Van Buren City Council voted 6-0 to close a portion of North 13th Street on June 8 for the fifth annual middle school band camp.

Band director Brad Reeves requested the closure from Poplar Street to the railroad tracks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to safely accommodate participants and guests.

Last year, more than 1,700 attended the event, Reeves said.

The band camp will have its outdoor concert in the outside commons area of Butterfield Trail Middle School.

“We will have bounce arounds, games, food, drinks and live music performed by our band students provided free of charge as a way for our students to give back to the community of Van Buren,” Reeves said.

Also at the monthly meeting, Crawford County District Court clerk Marie Johnson was introduced as the newly elected president of the Arkansas District Court Clerks Association. Johnson was named to the position April 20 at the association’s spring conference.

District Court Judge Chuck Baker praised Johnson, the 2016 clerk of the year, as a valuable asset to Crawford County District Court.

Johnson has been a district court clerk for 26 years. She began as a deputy court clerk in Mulberry, where she still lives. After three years, she became the chief clerk as well as the city clerk. She worked for the City of Mulberry for more than 24 years, where she served under the leadership of four mayors and four judges.

She has been the chief court clerk in Van Buren since June 2016.

Johnson has been a certified court clerk through the Arkansas District Court Clerks Association since 1998. She is currently in her third year of the Court Management Program through the Arkansas Administration Office of the Court. She is set to graduate in August.

She has two daughters and two granddaughters and is a member of First Baptist Church in Mulberry.

City Attorney Candice Settle-Beshears presented her annual report to the council, updating members of current litigation affecting the city.

“In the past year as your city attorney, I have handled issues regarding Freedom of Information Act requests, garnishments, employee matters, reviewed and drafted ordinances, reviewed modifications to the civil service regulations, researched legal matters pertaining to ordinances and handled various other issues in addition to attending the planning commission, city council regular and special meetings and meetings with the mayor and other employees of the city,” Settle-Beshears said.

The council also:

• Awarded his Glock 22 Generation 4 .40-caliber service sidearm to Van Buren Police Department Cpl. Michael Stewart, who will retire April 30 after 22-plus years with VBPD. Stewart will be recognized at a drop-in reception at the police department training room from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 1.

• Purchased a tractor loader backhoe for the yard waste and street departments for $84,822 from Scott Equipment. The current backhoe used by the department will be sent to the Field of Dreams.

• Authorized the removal of a Xeon Rach server used by the fire department to be removed from the fixed asset inventory list. Fire Chief Tim Arnold said the server is being replaced.

• Approved an additional $3,037.70 for exterior repairs to the Van Buren Fire Department training facility. Arnold said Mid-Continental Restoration Co. Inc. found additional loose brick on the east side of the building at Main and Third streets during recent renovation for which Mid-Continental was paid $29,500.