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Hope City Board

By Mark Keith, 07/20/22 1:15 AM

The Hope City Board met Tuesday for their second board meeting of July.  Following the Pledge and the prayer the board moved into agenda items.

The board looked at a possible outdoor recreation grant application.  City Manager Catherine Cook said at a recent hearing the city had two large projects that had the most support, a splash pad and new L.E.D lighting for the park ballfields.  Parks Director Summer Chambers submitted three estimates for splash pads.  One was for a 5,000 square foot pad for $295,000 with the city’s portion at $147,500.  A 3,300 square foot pad was estimated for $230,000 with the city portion at $115,000.  A 3,500 square foot pad was projected at $210,000 with the city portion at $105,000. The prices vary on the amenities.  Also, to add a recirculating water system would add $100,000.  The lighting project was estimated at $426,483 with the city share at $213,241.50.  The board agreed by acclimation to run numbers on a site near the library and at North Side Park for a splash pad.

The board looked at Soccer Field Concession Stand bids.  Lori Morrison had gotten both the Kelly Field and soccer field bids but declined the soccer field bid.  The board voted to award the soccer field bid from Kris England based on the bid he submitted when Morrison bid.

The board looked at a grant application for a $3,000 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.  Police Chief J.R. Wilson spoke about the grant.  The board voted to allow the police department to apply.

Chief Wilson asked if the police department could apply for an Arkansas Department of Public Safety Equipment Grant.  Chief Wilson said they wanted to get some redaction software and equipment for Mobile and body worn video.  The cost of the project is estimated at $15,000.  The board voted to allow the police department to apply for the grant.

The board looked at altering the wall at Pavilion Park (site of the HUB downtown) to accommodate the letters for a sign the city recently purchased.  Chief J.R.Wilson described the proposed wall as 18 feet by 3.5 feet by 1.33 feet.   The board approved the change by acclimation.

The board approved an audit resolution which they have to do by state law.  They did this after city attorney Randy Wright read the resolution out loud.

The board looked at revenue and expenses for the first 6 months of the year.  Finance Director Cindy Clark explained some issues and answered some questions.  Fuel costs were discussed.  No action was taken

Under the City Manager’s Report, Catherine Cook noted Saturday July 23rd will be City Wide Clean Up day .  Cook noted the city isn’t burning anything because of the burn ban.   She noted the Street Scape bid came in about twice as high as was budgeted.. Cook noted she is talking to the engineer about possible changes.  She said they hope to have more options by the next meeting.   Cook did note one serious issue was the cost of 38 new light poles.  Cook also suggested the board consider just getting the project past the railroad crossing this year.

Cook discussed some possible additional ARPA funds coming up.  She also noted city board elections are coming up and candidates need to get their petitions in between July 29th and August 16th.

Marcia White said during citizens requests she was in favor of a splash pad at North Side Park.  She said this could help on some drainage at North Side.  She said it would also help alleviate crowding at the pool.  White also asked if fees could be waived for a pool party for the kickball team.  Marshel Thomas also spoke in favor of a splash pad at North Side.

The meeting then adjourned.