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City board approves Hostess investment incentive, Pine Street water and sewer relocation

By The Arkadelphian

The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors worked through a short agenda Tuesday night. 

Directors approved a resolution to endorse Hostess Brands’ participation in the Tax Back program, an investment incentive that provides sales and use tax refunds on the purchase of building materials and taxable machinery and equipment. City Manager Gary Brinkley, who participated in the meeting via teleconference, said the resolution was an “almost ceremonial” show of support for Hostess as most of Hostess’ suppliers are outside of Arkadelphia.

The board approved bids of $99,500 for repairs to the 8th Street bridge and $125,000 for repairs to the MH Russell bridge. Brinkley said that approving the bids tonight means that the bridges will reopen before school starts in August. 

The board also approved an agreement between Arkansas Department of Transportation and the city for Crist Engineers to design the water and sewer line relocation for the Pine Street widening project. ArDOT and the city will share the cost of the agreement, which is not to exceed $442,933.59, with ArDOT responsible for 35.74%, or up to $158,304.47, and the city responsible for the remainder. 

Brinkley anticipates that the city’s portion will be included in the final bond issuance required to fund the relocation project.

The board approved a bid of $339,300 for the rebuild of the Henderson Street drainage system.

With Brinkley out, directors did not hear the city manager’s report. 

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