Meeting set to discuss Hwy. 62 plans in Green Forest
GREEN FOREST -- The Green Forest City Council had a productive agenda-setting meeting on Monday, and Mayor Charlie Reece predicts that the May 14 regular meeting will be a good one.
The first thing that was accomplished was the sale of four old vehicles the city had been hoping to dispose of, which they did indeed do. Reece said the city made $1,600 in the process.
With that out of the way, the mayor said that he is working on a proposal he will present to the city in response to a problem that occured recently when an elderly resident who was in distress was unable to reach help for several days.
He hopes to start a dialog on finding a way to regularly check on the welfare of elderly residents who live alone in the town.
"Meter readers, police officers, neighbors, there is probably something we can do to make sure every few days someone checks in on these folks to make sure they are okay." said Reece.
The mayor said that other items that will be brought up Monday will be a visit to the council by incoming superintendent of schools, Matt Summers.
The city will also hear about a plan to have a $335,000 expansion of the Carroll County Learning Center to include infants. According to Reece, this will be paid for by a grant they have requested.
The city finally has some news on the possible rerouting of U.S. Highway 62 around the city. The news isn't an answer, but an upcoming public meeting on June 21 at the Alumni Center.
The meeting was called by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, and according to the mayor, will be the soonest any further update can be expected.
The mayor will also announce the upcoming Patriots Day which will be held on June 30, with hot dogs, games and fireworks.
The mayor and the council will discuss an idea the Green Forest Cowboy Church is thinking over. They a considering the idea of putting a church and rodeo arena in the industrial park. According to the mayor, it is all in the earliest conversation stages at this point.
Finally, the mayor will thank everyone involved in the refurbishment of the town square. Grass is growing, the flowers are in, sidewalks are done, and the steps are on the gazebo. The mayor is very pleased with the results and with everyone who donated their time and effort to make it happen.