In a memorandum to city directors, Brinkley noted four bids were received on Jan. 25 after the city requested bids for the project.
Two Arkadelphia city directors exchanged tense words at Tuesday evening’s meeting over a perceived slight that occurred at a meeting in December.
If approved, it will take roughly 17 months to build the $957,272 fire engine and loose equipment such as hoses, pikes and extraction equipment. The purchase would not affect the 2022 budget.
First on the agenda was the clearing of the title to 1.5 acres of land the city is purchasing in the Clark County Industrial Park for use by the Gum Springs Water Utility, which is administered by the city of Arkadelphia.
On the table for consideration are several items of annual housekeeping resolutions, the first of which addresses procedural rules for conducting meetings.
The 6th Street property is currently where the Clark County Democratic Committee meets; that group is in the process of moving to a new headquarters on Village Drive.
Tuesday’s outcry for changing the name of Pine Street wasn’t the first time the discussion has surfaced. Henry Wilson, who died earlier this year, was an outspoken figure when it came to honoring King in Arkadelphia. In 2004, he chained himself to the I-30 MLK Overpass until he was given media attention over his wanting to change the entire street’s name, not just the overpass.