City & County

Brinkley to deliver State of the City address

By Joel Phelps
The Arkadelphian

Arkadelphia City Manager Gary Brinkley on Tuesday will deliver the annual State of the City address during a Board of Directors meeting.

The city manager’s year end presentation is required by Arkansas state law and municipal ordinance.

“It’s all good news,” Brinkley told The Arkadelphian in a phone call Monday. “We made several accomplishments in 2021, and we’ve set the table for a productive 2022. It’s all heading in the right track, and it’s all moving forward.”

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a public hearing prior to the board’s consideration of three separate ordinances adopting plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas codes.

In a memorandum to directors, Brinkley noted the city is bound to accept the state’s code updates as its minimum codes.

City directors will then consider bids on a rehabilitation project at the Arkadelphia Aquatic Park. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department has received competitive bids for the rehabilitation of the two slides at the water park. As of Feb. 11 that department was evaluating the bids and are expected to provide a recommendation by the city board meeting.

In another action item, Parks & Rec staff are requesting to sell some Recreation Center exercise equipment to make way for new machines. Directors will be considering the sale of a Power-Park Universal Gym and assorted dumbbells using as its channel to make the sale.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda are a Go Red for Women proclamation by Mayor Scott Byrd, as well as authorizing the city manager to sign opioid settlements stemming from a class-action lawsuit in which participating municipalities across the nation are due a portion of the settlement.

The meeting will be held in the Town Hall Boardroom, 700 Clay St., at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and may be viewed via a livestream.

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  1. Joel, thank you for the link to the Board of Directors meeting. I was able to attend without leaving my home. And now I’m a better informed citizen. Nice to have an informative hometown newspaper.