BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Newly-elected Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman shared her vision for the city in 2019 at the Bentonville City Council meeting Tuesday night, February 12.
Orman was elected Bentonville Mayor in December after defeating Jim Webb in a runoff election.
On Tuesday night she made her first State of the City Report highlighting several accomplishments the city of Bentonville made in 2018.
Orman updated the status of every city department from the electric department to the police force.
She says the fire department responded to nearly 7 percent more emergency calls, but no fire deaths in 2018.
On average, the city’s dispatch experienced an increase of more than several hundred calls each month for the past 7 years.
Orman also expressed she hopes to reinforce Bentonville’s identity as a welcoming community that strives to be the best in safety, business, residence, recreation and education.
“In my first few weeks in office it’s been an honor to visit each city department, meet and speak with our hardworking employees and see the expansive day to day operations that keep Bentonville a thriving city,” Orman said.
Projects in 2019 include an eight-court tennis complex at Citizen’s Park, in addition to the construction of Bentonville’s first inclusive playground.
A new facility that houses both the Emergency Dispatch Center and the Criminal Investigations Division will be completed in the summer.