Commission plans to apply for state grant
The Piggott City Council approved a resolution from the Piggott Parks and Recreation Commission for a 2003 outdoor recreation grant for Heritage Park.
Chairman Brock Swann said the commission is currently fulfilling obligations toward its recent Arkansas Parks and Tourism grant that was received for Independence Park.
The commission also requested the council consider paying an insurance bill for $6,445 for the community center. Mayor Bud Holcomb said that, during the city's insurance bidding process, some areas were "put on hold" with the community center being one of those.
Holcomb said he will review the general fund to see what is available to help the facility.
Commissioner Ted Bellers said some cuts could be made in the community center budget, and the commission has been conducting fundraisers.
Swann said one fundraiser is the Gold Patron plaque, which will be placed in the community center. For a $50 donation, persons may have their name engraved. Parks and Recreation director Shannon Williams said approximately $3,500 would be raised. Bellers said the funds were designated for the building.
The council discussed whether the city needs an insurance policy for the power plant and substation boilers and machinery. Holcomb said the city's insurance consultant had asked whether or not the council wants him to research boiler/machinery insurance.
Bellers said the city did not carry such insurance until 1981 and maintained the policy until 1994 or 1995.
"The potential risk is pretty great," he said, if the city is not covered.
Bellers said premiums are expensive with much of the cost being based on "loss control."
Alderman Jim Poole said he would be concerned as to whether a policy would only repair the equipment or if it would cover replacement. Alderman Mike Patterson said the city's boilers "were bought 30 or 40 years ago," and it would be more important to cover them if they were newer models.
Holcomb asked the council whether they wanted the consultant to take insurance bids.
"I don't see any point," Alderman Lester Edwards said.
The council voted to send a letter to the consultant to advised him not to pursue bidding on the boiler/machinery insurance.
In other business, the city council:
Approved paying expenses of city officials to attend a muncipal league conference.
Approved a list of street department equipment to be auctioned at the Piggott FFA sale in April.