Berryville Works 2020: BV council adopts economic action plan

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Berryville City Council has set its sights on Berryville Works 2020.

The council voted at its Tuesday meeting to pass Resolution 1013, adopting the economic development plan for the city. The resolution states it is the opinion of the council that the city must adopt an economic development action plan to effectively sustain and promote economic development opportunities in the city.

The plan is the result of a series of meeting and surveys that began in August 2015, when representatives from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Winrock Foundation led city officials and a steering committee of business and community leaders in a discussion of community assets and their vision for Berryville’s futures.

Mayor Tim McKinney said a cookout and groundbreaking for the plan, “The Great Berryville Rollout,” will be scheduled to give city officials and University of Arkansas Extension Service officials the opportunity to present the economic development blueprint and strategic plan. The public will be invited to attend.

The council also voted to pass Resolution 1014, which authorizes the city to issue bonds in the principal amount of $1.68 million with the assistance of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund the acquiring, constructing, enlarging, improving and extending of its water system facility to serve an area lawfully within it jurisdiction to serve.

“This has to do with our rural water project,” McKinney said. “This is from the USDA side of things. The resolution basically says we will spend the money for what they gave it to us for.”

The city’s rural water project will add approximately 41 miles of water line into the future growth area outside of Berryville. In addition to the $1.68 million loan resolution with USDA, the city received a $2.75 million grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) help fund the $8.8 million project. McKinney said the rest of the project will be paid for through other grants.

Also at the meeting, McKinney presented a proposed amendment to the city’s fireworks regulations to the council.

“We always have a lot of confusion over when you can shoot and sell fireworks,” he said. “Basically, this would follow Arkansas law, which gives us the right to regulate these.”

The proposed amendment would allow retailers to sell fireworks from June 20 through July 10 each year and would permit the discharge of fireworks between the times of 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on July 4 only. If a fire ban has been issued by the Carroll County Judge’s Office and is in effect on July 4, then the discharge of fireworks shall be prohibited.

Under the amendment, any discharge of fireworks other than on July 4 would require the expressed written consent of the Berryville City Council before the event.

“We can look over it and discuss it more at our next meeting,” McKinney said to the council members.

The council also recognized Boy Scout Troop 128 for its cleanup efforts on Saunders Heights on Friday, May 5.

“We would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 128 for their commitment to clean up the town and invest in the town they live in,” McKinney said. “We appreciate their hard work.”

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

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