BV council moves forward with industrial zone expansion

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Berryville City Council has taken the next step in financing the expansion of the city’s industrial zone.

The council voted at its Tuesday meeting to pass Resolution 1003, authorizing Mayor Tim McKinney to execute any and all documents on behalf of the city for the proposed purchase of real estate for a new industrial and commercial park.

The resolution states that the council has determined that Berryville needs to purchase additional land for the development of the new industrial zone. McKinney has presented plans to purchase approximately 120 acres of the Ansel Hutchinson Estate for the project, it says, and the council recognizes the need for this land purchase and supports the efforts to proceed.

The resolution says that McKinney is authorized to execute documents pertaining to the purchase of the 120 acres from the estate in an amount not to exceed $650,000, utilizing Amendment 78 by financing the purchase through a collaboration of local banks led by Cornerstone Bank.

“This is for the banks’ files,” McKinney said. “You all already voted on this, and we talked to the estate.”

The council had voted at its Dec. 6 meeting to authorize McKinney to proceed with the purchase of the land for a price of $5,178 per acre. McKinney said the 120 acres of the Ansel Hutchinson Estate adjoins the city’s existing industrial park, and the purchasing contract gives the city the option to buy two adjacent parcels of land, one 76 acres and one 84 acres, for the same price during the next three years.

McKinney said it became necessary for the city to seek out new land because its current portion of land available for industrial development is down to 10 acres after the construction of Mid-States Specialty Eggs (MSSE).

He said the purchasing contract includes a geological survey of the land, which the city will conduct before finalizing the agreement.

Also at the meeting, McKinney signed a proclamation declaring the week of Feb. 13 to Feb. 19 to be “Ronald McDonald House Week.” The proclamation states that the Ronald McDonald houses allow families of seriously ill and injured children to maintain close contact with their children by providing a secure and supportive environment at no required cost. It says the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South and the House at Mercy Kids have served the needs of 160 Carroll County families, 57 of which are residents of Berryville.

The proclamation says that the McDonald’s of Berryville will participate in the Share-a-Heart Campaign through Feb. 28. For the campaign, McDonald’s restaurants and various other location will display red, pink and gold paper hearts which have been signed and adopted by citizens by donating $1, $5 and $20 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks.

“I hope everyone will participate in this campaign,” McKinney said. “It’s a good cause. A lot of local families have benefited over the years from it.”

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at City Hall.

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