Money in the bank: Transfer brings GF savings balance to $2 million
Green Forest's passbook savings account is now at $2 million.
The Green Forest City Council agreed to move $350,000 from the wastewater checking account to the passbook savings account on Tuesday morning, bringing the savings account to a record high. The council also approved moving $15,000 from the general fund to the LOPFI account for the police and firefighters' retirement fund.
"We have to contribute certain amounts of monies to LOPFI. It's that time again," Mayor Charles Reece said.
Reece updated the council on the Harps relocation, saying he met with representatives from Harps and the highway department last week. During the meeting, Reece said, they realized there will be an issue with exiting onto the highway from the new location.
"We gave them three alternatives. I think one alternative could work if we get approval," Reece said.
The approval, he noted, would come from the federal government.
"We'll see how that goes," he said.
The council also heard from Bryan Launius, who works with the Carroll County Solid Waste Department (CCSWD). Launius spoke at the council's meeting on Nov. 10, explaining that CCWSD has recycling drop-off centers set up in Eureka Springs, Berryville and Green Forest.
On Tuesday, Launius presented a 15-minute video describing how CCSWD works in the community. He asked council members to be more aware of recycling within the community.
"We come to Green Forest three or four times a week. If 60 percent of what we get is trash, that's not very cost-effective," Launius said. "If anybody sees something that doesn't look right, just say something."
Reece asked Launius if CCSWD has signs with Spanish translations on them. Green Forest's population is almost 50 percent Hispanic, Reece said, and that should be taken into account. Launius said most of the signs have translations but noted that he would work on the signs that do not.
Reece agreed to help Launius get his message out.
"We will provide any opportunity you may need to bring your information here," Reece said.
Buddy Fry, director of public works, updated the council on the Highway 62 water line relocation project.
"The highway department is still working on some right-of-way issues with some folks along the way," Fry said.
Fire chief Tim Howard presented information on coats he'd like to order for the fire department. Howard said the coats will cost between $84 and $89; they will be used when firefighters go on medical calls or public events.
The council agreed to the purchase.
The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.