HI board to consider bids, a contract and a resolution Monday

Friday, September 12, 2014

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Board of Commissioners will consider several issues at its regular meeting Monday morning, including a resolution supporting a hospital in Holiday Island, the proposed legal services contract from the Slinkard Law Firm and bids on the golf operations analysis.

The board will also look at the mid-year budget and consider a holiday change request from the staff.

The draft hospital resolution gives the nod to developer Tom Dees' proposal to donate land in the Park area on Hwy. 23 North to build a new hospital to replace the aging one in Eureka Springs.

However, Eureka Springs owns the license for a critical access hospital in this area and would have to consent to give it up for the hospital to be built in Holiday Island.

The Howard Slinkard Law Firm, chosen from three finalists who submitted Requests for Qualifications to provide legal services to the district, has proposed a $1,000 monthly retainer fee in its draft contract. In a memo to the board Thursday, District Manager Dennis Kelly proposed several modifications to the proposed contract, including specifying what is included in the retainer, limits on travel reimbursements and other considerations.

Bids for a golf course operations analysis, budgeted for up to $30,000 in this year's budget, will also be considered. Kelly is recommending an ad hoc committee to review the three bids submitted and make a recommendation. The committee would consist of eight members and include Kelly, the Golf Pro and the Golf Course Superintendent, along with members from the men's and women's golf associations and other groups.

The board will also do a mid-year budget review.

Other items the board will consider are a request by staff to change taking Dec. 26 off as a holiday instead of Dec. 24, the budget calendar and the election schedule for 2014.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place Monday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive.

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  • A hospital of any sorts at H.I., is a wish and will never become a reality. Why do I say this? Why would they with the problems of H.I., and the antics of the BOC? Until this community rids itself of this BOC, or holds each of the 5 accountable for their actions, we are going to sink deeper and deeper into debt, with assessments and water so high, no one can afford to live here. This is not an attractive place to locate, whether you are looking for a home or locating your business.

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Thu, Sep 18, 2014, at 9:47 AM
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