New contractor to finish Feaster Trail work

All that’s left of finishing rehabilitation work on Feaster Trail is the section between Courtyard Gardens nursing home and North 26th Street. | Joel Phelps/The Arkadelphian

Arkadelphia city directors on Tuesday will consider a contract to finish work on Feaster Trail left undone by the company that started it.

The Glenwood-based All-Pro Contracting Inc. stopped work on the trail rehabilitation project after owner Barry Walker was arrested and ultimately convicted of raping dozens of prepubescent girls. Walker’s company is among the targets of a civil lawsuit filed by victims in the criminal case.

All that’s left of the job is replacing a 600-foot section of pavement with concrete.

The project total, when the board approved it in 2021, was $278,973. To date, the city has spent $171,513 on the concrete trail. An $80,000 ArDOT grant stipulated that the city spend $20,000 for much of the sidewalk between the hospital and 26th Street. The city terminated its contract with All-Pro, requested ArDOT close the grant since the finished work exceeded the city’s obligations, and took bids to complete the concrete work.

The city is $107,460 shy of meeting the approved spending on the project. Mar-Von Corp., an Arkadelphia company, has submitted the lone bid of $40,000 to finish the job.

New fire truck financing

The Arkadelphia Fire Department’s newly built, custom $957,272 fire truck is scheduled to be delivered from Wisconsin on April 5. The city’s administration is requesting the board to finance $500,000 of the total cost after spending $457,272 from three years of Moving Arkadelphia Forward sales tax revenue.

A memo from City Manager Gary Brinkley to board directors states the city will primarily use Act 833 funding, which it receives from the state for AFD equipment purchases, to pay the remainder of the balance. Bids for financing are due the day before the city board meeting.

Other business

• Directors will consider the third and final reading of an ordinance adopting the 2021 Arkansas Fire Prevention Code. Public hearings have been opened before board action, but no citizens spoke up.

• Directors will consider renewing an annual contract with the Clark County Arts and Humanities Council.

• Assistant Mayor Roland Gosey will deliver an update on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Gosey serves on the committee tasked with planning that project.

• Directors will resume discussion previously tabled on the purchase of an accounting software package.

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