Ordinance will allow MSSE to build pumping station in BV

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mid-States Specialty Eggs (MSSE) can continue its construction.

On Tuesday night, the Berryville City Council passed an ordinance waiving competitive bidding for the purchase of construction equipment services for 2016. The council declared an emergency to pass the ordinance on all three readings in one night.

The need for the ordinance to pass so quickly, Mayor Tim McKinney explained, is because MSSE needs to build a new pumping station. McKinney said MSSE had planned to build its sanitary sewer and production sewer in the same place but couldn't because of health department regulations.

"That means they have to put a whole new pumping station in," McKinney said.

He noted that MSSE plans to contribute $19,000 to the project, covering more than half the costs.

"The lift station will also serve the property the county has across the street. I think we need to go ahead and get that thing going," McKinney said.

Also at the meeting, Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos presented the police department's monthly report for January. Last month, Bartos said, 69 tickets were written and 56 offenses were reported.

The council received the city's financial report for January. According to the report, the fund balance was $157,303.97, with $301,986.23 in revenue and $315,158.97 in expenditures.

The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at City Hall.

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