City awards $117,000 bid for '05 paving

Monday, August 22, 2005

BERRYVILLE -- The City Council had little trouble deciding on a contractor to perform street paving for the city's 2005 paving projects -- only one bidder responded to the city's invitation to bid.

Hutchins Construction Co. of Cassville, Mo., submitted a bid of $117,173.10, which the council unanimously accepted, especially after Public Works Director Kirby Murray said that it was very close to his previous estimates and about the same as the city paid last year. Plus the company recently installed an asphalt distribution plant in Berryville.

However, this year's contract will be for materials, labor and preparations. Last year's work was split between two contractors, which Mayor Tim McKinney said created some problems.

The monthly financial report again showed the one-percent sales tax revenues above the same figures from last year -- some $2,436.82 higher. The report also showed most of the city funds operating in the black, with all end-of-month balances still positive.

In other matters:

* The council authorized the mayor to execute a utility easement between the city and Carroll Electric Cooperative for the installation of a power line to serve a new high speed internet tower to be erected by Home and Business Electronics (HBE) on Saunders Heights.

* Ordinance 844 was approved on three readings and an emergency clause approved. The ordinance amended Section 3.04.01 of the Berryville Municipal Code to provide for an increase in the limit of municipal purchases and contracts not requiring bids from $10,000 to $20,000. The change was authorized by the Arkansas Legislature in Act 1435 of 2005.

* Approved the installation of a new street light at the intersection of Hailey Road and South Main Street (U.S. Hwy. 62 East).

* Approved the mayor submitting a request to Carroll Electric Cooperative for a new street light at the north end of Jackson Street.

* Postponed a decision on a request by Harley Fox of the Project Save Our Children for the city to help with an additional $1,900 needed to purchase a special car for the program. Fox, when asked if either the cities of Eureka Springs and Green Forest had contributed money to the program, responded in the negative.

Two other items mentioned, which are to be looked into, are repainting of the City Hall building on which paint is starting to peel, and the discoloration of parapet coping on Saunders Museum.

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