Rector Council Approves Acceptance of State Funding

Thursday, April 7, 2016

At its Monday monthly meeting, Rector's City Council approved accepting state funding for a major street project, okayed RGB's proposal for lighting improvements in the NEAITC building and passed a resolution to allow the library to showcase an artwork bronze statue.

Mayor Teresa Roofe asked the council to pass a resolution accepting the $250,000 in funding provided by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, so the street overlays could proceed. The council quickly passed the resolution.

LED lighting for the front offices of the NEAITC building was approved. RGB mechanical contractors of Jonesboro will do approximately $5,900 in work on the current lighting system.

Library director Deana Mills asked the council for permission to use two spaces in the library parking lot to display a unique bronze statue outside of the library. "A group wants to purchase the statue for the library and I'd like to see the area finished," Mills told the council. The council approved Mills' request without hesitation.

Armory Discussion

Ronnie Brengard of Brengard Appraisals was present at the meeting to answer questions about the armory for the council.

He provided details of maintenance issues at the building, including 10 broken windows and a leaking roof, and told the council what he believes is the building's best use based on his experience.

"I think you'll regret it if you sell the building," Brengard said. He noted it has always been a part of the park, adding that he thinks it would make a great fire department or police department. He said the building will require a new roof.

The council decided to table any decisions or more discussion until a special working meeting set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. The council will discuss the armory and select an engineering firm at this meeting.

Shannon Todd, a representative for Horner and Shifrin Engineering Consultants of Poplar Bluff, told the council there are options outside of tying into another water district in making arrangement for painting the city water tower.

He suggested mobile water pumps that are moved in while the tank is offline.

The council took home books from two engineering firms to read before making a decision -- Horner and Shifrin and CEA of Jonesboro.

City superintendent Todd Watson told the council Fifth Street bridge project has come to a standstill at this time. "It's a collector bridge, which means we can't do anything with it without the permission of the state," Watson said. He is researching different avenues to have the bridge repaired.

Departments

The water department reported 10 new connections, eight disconnects, one water meter replaced, eight sewer system repairs and $209 in vehicle/tractor repairs.

Code enforcement reported four dogs picked up, one building permit, one street cut and repair and one sign replaced.

The police department reported one city accident in the month of March, one dog citation, 24 court docket items and $5,027.44 in court related collections.

The fire department reported seven calls in March compared to one last year.

The community center reported 10 events, six paying and four non-paying with collections of $350.

Aldermen Ryan Lawrence, David Romine, Lark Sigsby and Iva Fahr were present for the meeting.

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