Rector City Council Hears Request

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rector Community Museum director Johnny Williams asked the Rector City Council to pass a resolution in support of his application for a grant for the facility at Monday's monthly meeting.

Williams is seeking a Main Street Arkansas GIF1 community grant of $53,000, which would be used to repair the roof, add lighting to the main showroom and a handicap accessible restroom at the facility, which is in the former Underwood Furniture building on Main Street.

City attorney Kim Dale was not present for the meeting, so mayor Teresa Roofe told Williams the council will hold a special meeting after Dale's return to pass a resolution. However, the mayor did fill out a certification letter for Williams.

Williams also asked the council to consider letting the museum move into the soon to be vacated Rector Armory, saying the present location could be sold if the move is made.

The council decided to have Dale set up guidelines for groups to petition the council for use of the armory, since several groups inside and outside of the area have approached the council wanting to utilize the building.

Williams also told the council the museum has set up two types of fundraising efforts. One is the fundraising website He will also be selling memorial tiles with scenes from Rector. Memorial tiles will cover one wall of the new museum, Williams said.

The council also approved having city superintendent Todd Watson work on negotiations with tying into the Clay County Rural Water system, so the city can begin the process of painting the water tower hopefully in late February or early March.

Roofe also informed the council she had approved a new air conditioning system to be installed at the NEAITC center by Dave's Heating and Cooling in Kennett when the old system quit. Costs to the city will be approximately $7,500, because when the electrician started working on the system he found it was not up to code.

The following reports were given by city departments:

The Rector Police Department reported one vehicle accident in the month of June, 39 court docket items, $1,112.32 in maintenance on police vehicles and $3,945 in fees were collected by the court.

The water department reported 18 new customers, two water meter replacements, 10 repairs and $103 in truck repairs.

The street department reported five signs repaired or replaced and five potholes filled.

The community center reported eight events, $580 in fees collected and a $25 donation.

The fire department reported one call in June, which was in the county.

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  • The Rector Community Museum is a great idea.

    But,,, our real focus needs to be our future.

    How can we grow our community?

    What do we want Rector to look like in 10 years?

    Community leadership needs to focus on the future.

    Everyone needs to help Rector prosper and grow.

    -- Posted by JCfromMounds on Tue, Jul 21, 2015, at 8:30 AM
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