Renovation and construction plans discussed at council meeting

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

The Monette City Council met in short session on Monday, Feb. 27, and discussed renovation and construction plans for their new municipal building.

Two bids for work on the building were opened earlier in the month, which included Robinson Industrial Contractors for $125,350 and Wood Construction for $115,774. The contract was awarded to Wood Construction.

"The estimated completion date for the city hall building will be 120 days," Mayor David Fletcher said. "With weather permitting it could be about two months. I am very pleased with the progress being made."

The council voted to resubmit their application for a $15,000 matching grant with the Arkansas Department of Rural Services.

"Although the application for funding was favorably received, it was not selected for funding in this cycle," Fletcher said. "Cycle three selections will be on March 24."

The Department of Rural Services received over 35 complete and eligible applications in December requesting over $435,000 of which only $168,666 was available for distribution.

Plans are being made to hold a ribbon cutting service to welcome Effie and Earl's Cafe to the Monette business community, as soon as their business sign is in place.

A reported $12,474 was raised at the recent Buffalo Island Ambulance Service auction.

"By the middle of next week the lights should be up at the ball park," Alderman Tom Carroll said. "Hopefully the fence will be up soon."

"Plans are not to install the dugout roofs until the fencing is complete, as the fence is not going in according to the original drawings," Alderman Byron Sparkman said. "This will not cause any problem, but we just want to have the fence in first. It is really looking good down there."

"We need to put in for grant reimbursement before we can buy anything else," Alderman Ernestine Harrell said.

Harrell asked city clerk Vickki Carroll if the Monette Youth Association had deposited the sign checks into the Sports Park Fund, as agreed.

"Yes, they deposited two checks, $251 each," Carroll said.

Alderman Steve Suber inquired about a pile of bricks and trash behind the Misner property, formerly Tool Tech.

"Removal of the bricks was not negotiated when T.B. Wallis tore down the building," Fletcher said. "I'll try to talk with Misner tomorrow about it."

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at city hall.

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