Construction to begin on College Avenue

Friday, April 25, 2014

BERRYVILLE -- The College Avenue widening project will be beginning in the next couple of weeks, as Entergy is planning to move the power poles in the affected area by the end of April and tree trimming to accommodate the construction has already begun, according to Jay Lee, administrative assistant for the city.

"I'll be glad to see it going," Alderman Linda Riddlesperger, who filled in for Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, said of the project.

City employees and the council are also urging people who live in the area near College Avenue to be aware of the upcoming widening project, as traffic will be diverted to other streets throughout the duration of the construction.

"All the parents need to know there will be more traffic," said Alderman Cindy George, who listed E. Freeman, Church, Pritchard, Douglas and Shaver streets as some of the roads that could be impacted.

The council also wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming special trash collection pickup dates. Leaves and limbs will be picked up on April 28 through May 2, while bulky item pickup is scheduled for May 5 through 9.

"That doesn't mean they need to start piling their stuff up now," George said. "It's a sanitation issue."

Lee and the council also went through some of the regulations and requirements associated with the bulky item pickup. Berryville residents can put out no more than four bulky items, and only two of them can be appliances. Lee said that if someone puts out a refrigerator, it needs to have a tag indicating the frion has been removed.

Additionally, electronics are not being accepted during this pickup. Lee also made it clear that if a mattress and a box spring are put out, they count as two items, not one.

In other business, the council:

* Received the monthly financial report for March. The city received $96,852.04 from the one-percent sales tax, up slightly from March 2013.

* Approved use of Saunders Heights Park for an Easter sunrise service sponsored by Freeman Heights Baptist Church this Sunday at 6:30 a.m.

* Reviewed a proclamation signed by McKinney declaring May National Historic Preservation and Arkansas Heritage Month in the City of Berryville.

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