Harps relocation is topic for GF council

Friday, February 12, 2016

The relocation of the Harps Food Store in Green Forest has hit a bit of a snag.

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Charles Reece told the Green Forest City Council that Harps cannot use the post office's driveway as planned. The owner of the property where the post office is located, Reece explained, objected to the idea.

"We're going to move the entrance about 20 feet to the west and build a driveway. There won't be an issue there," Reece said.

Harps, he continued, is dedicated to the relocation project. Reece said he has no update on what will happen to the building where Harps is currently located.

Public works director Buddy Fry updated the council on the Highway 62 project. Right now, Fry said, the construction crew is working on road bores. He said he's still negotiating the rights-of-way for the project.

"The state highway department assured us the right-of-ways won't change. Our easements are all written up as easements adjacent to the right-of-way," Fry said. "Right now we've got a week or two left of construction before the contractor has to demobilize and go somewhere else."

Reece supported finishing the project as soon as possible.

"It needs to be done fairly quickly," Reece said.

The state highway department, Fry added, is paying for 95 percent of the project.

Fry also described the grants received for the North Park project. The city originally asked for $120,000 for that project, Fry said, but found a way to lower it to a little more than $100,000.

"These are cost estimates, but you don't really know until you get the contractor to give you the bid," Fry said.

Another upcoming project, Reece said, is the addition and renovation of curbs and a sidewalk on Ninth Street. He said the city is preparing to submit a grant request to the state for that project.

Reece announced that a public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19. The hearing, Reece said, will address rezoning a property on Fifth Street. Reece said the property was once zoned commercial but reverted back to residential after going unused for years. A man is requesting, Reece explained, to return to the commercial zoning.

"A gentleman wants to come in and put an electrical shop in there. The building's already there," Reece said.

Reece added that the council will discuss the rezoning request at its meeting Tuesday, March 8.

He reminded the council of the fire ban, saying he has spotted several residents burning garbage. Burning garbage, Reece noted, violates a city ordinance.

"If garbage is continually burned, then you could be cited. It would certainly be fair," Reece said. "Put it in your trash."

The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at City Hall.

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  • This is most unfortunate, and once again, small mindedness is at the core of the issue. The more driveways along this busy highway will increase the potential for accidents. As it is, people don't use turn signals as they should. The property owner of the post office site apparently has tunnel vision and only cares for his own interests.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Mon, Feb 15, 2016, at 9:03 AM
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