City & County

City board affirms EDCCC action on Gum Springs utilities

By Joe May | The Southern Standard

Meeting in regular session Tuesday evening, the Arkadelphia Board of Directors approved a $1.2 million water and sewer project to the new “super site” at the Clark County Industrial Park.

City Manager Gary Brinkley said the Economic Development Corp. of Clark County will be funding the project out of their own budget. He noted that bids for the project came in lower than expected and asked the board to approve a $954,215 price tag for the line. At the motion of Directors Jason Jones and Chis Porter, the motion carried.

The board also agreed to a price tag of $753,015 to J.R. Fox company and $64,000 to Crist Engineering for the project at the motion of Porter and Director Reo Cummings.

Brinkley then stated that Police Chief Shorty Jackson has asked for three new vehicles, which are already budgeted. To be able to get them in time for the state bid process in October, he asked that the vehicles be approved now. At the motion of Director Keith Crews and Jones, the motion carried.

In other business, the board:
• Appointed Derek Franklin to the airport committee.

• Approved a public hearing at the next meeting to close some unplatted streets for the 10th Street extension downtown.

• Heard Brinkley say that $6,000 has been approved for drainage repairs on 18th Street.

• Agreed at the motion of Jones and Director Taylor Chaney to create and fund the position of assistant fire chief for $450 for the remainder of the year.

• Put the annual 5 mil tax ordinance on its first reading at the motion of Chaney and Assistant Mayor Roland Gosey.

• Heard Gosey ask about work that has apparently stalled on a Clark Street home that was partially burned.

• Heard Jones request that more attention be given to tall grass in the city.

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