Berryville becoming Mecca for vintage autos
BERRYVILLE ---- More antique vehicles have been attracted to town this year, with the Model T Club of America passing through last Saturday, and another club due later this month.
Chamber of Commerce Director Mike Ellis told the City Council at its regular meeting last Tuesday night that on Sept. 29 and 30, vintage cars from the 1930s and 1940s are expected in town, and the council gave approval to cordon off parking in front of the Heritage Center if needed.
Ellis said the vintage cars would probably be coming in "clusters," and may be able to use regular parking lots and street parking, but he wanted to advise the council that the word is getting apparently around that Berryville is a nice stop for tourists and clubs travelling the Ozarks.
Alderman Joe, Gibson, sitting in for Mayor Tim McKinney, who was taking a few days off, and other aldermen indicated they liked the idea that the Berryville Public Square is regularly attracting new visitors.
While the "Heart of the Ozarks Chapter" of the Model T Club was here last Saturday, their members had lunch here, and also visited the Saunders Museum and Heritage Center, both attractions which Ellis said go right along with antique auto fans and others.
In other business, Gibson asked mayoral Administrative Assistant Jay Lee to have a city crew replace the blinking yellow bulb in a caution light near the Tyson's worker entrance on Freeman Street. He also said some residents of Gibson Street were asking him about replacing gutters and sidewalks that are in need of repair. Lee said the street is already on the list for upcoming repairs and new sidewalks.
In his monthly reports to the council, Police Chief Dave Muniz noted that serious crimes were down slightly for July and August of this year, compared to the same periods last year.
In July 2003, there were 70 offenses reported. This July, there were 43 offenses reported, ranging from five forgeries and five cases of criminal mischief to five DWIs, two break-ins, and other crimes.
The same held true for August of 2004, when there were 49 offenses reported this August, and 70 in August of 2003. The number of crimes for both months last year was the same at 70, and the clearance rate, or cases solved, was 63 percent this August and 46 percent in July.
Muniz said the reserve officers are continuing to put in a lot of hard work, and the community policing contacts and the new bicycle patrols are being received well. The department has two reserve officers on bicycle patrol when possible, "and the reserves are really helping us out," Muniz said.
In the months of July and August, reserve officers have put in more than 512 hours of volunteer time for the city, "and they are doing an excellent job" as an addition to the regular force, Muniz said.