BV plans new storage building for parks

Friday, October 24, 2014

Berryville's parks and recreation department has hired an architect to design a new storage building near the soccer field.

The Berryville City Council discussed the project at its meeting Tuesday.

According to Mayor Tim McKinney, the storage building will allow the department to store all of its equipment in one place. Right now, the equipment is being kept in several different places around the city. The storage building will also include bathrooms for those attending soccer games.

"It hasn't always been at the top of the list but this will help us operate so much more efficiently," McKinney said.

The project will cost $66,000; these funds will come from the general improvement fund. McKinney credited State Rep. Bob Ballinger and several unnamed representatives from Benton County for helping the city access the funds, since the fund is only available to cities with a legislative sponsor.

The council also approved Ordinance No. 964 on a second and third reading at the meeting. The ordinance was approved on its first reading Oct. 7.

It rezones several properties in Berryville from the classification of R-1 Single-Family Residential to R-O Residential/Office. The properties include lots 22 through 25 of Nelson's first addition, lots 1 through 6 of the Barrows addition, part of section 32 and approximately 1.3 acres of undeveloped land east of the land owned by Marty and Darlene Strough.

Marty Strough petitioned to rezone the property at the Berryville Planning and Zoning Commission's Aug. 12 meeting. He said his property had been rezoned without his knowledge in recent years, after he had arranged to have it rezoned from a single family household to a multi-family household when he bought the property years before. Looking to sell his property to an owner interested in building duplexes, Strough realized that it had been rezoned again to a single-family household without his knowledge.

The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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