Connect 4: BV council selects construction manager for renovations

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Berryville City Council has selected a construction manager for the renovation of the old armory.

The council voted at a special meeting on Friday to approve a proposal from R. Clinard Construction and Consulting LLC of Bentonville to convert the former Berryville Readiness Center into the Carroll County Career Center, which will house the Connect 4 program. Tyson Foods is donating $1.3 million for the renovation project.

Connect 4 will offer junior and senior students from the Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest school districts the opportunity to pursue a technical education during the school day. It initially will focus on industrial maintenance, providing students with a cross-curricular background in different trades.

The Connect 4 Board had voted at its November meeting to direct the funding for the renovation of the old armory and the management of construction through the city of Berryville.

Board president Rodney Ellis, the technical education liaison and trainer for Tyson Foods, said the board is looking at about $800,000 in expenses for the renovation of the building, which would leave about $500,000 for the necessary equipment for the program.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Tim McKinney gave the council members copies of the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for the city of Berryville to review before the next meeting. He thanked treasurer Sally Phillips and city administrative assistant Jay Lee for preparing the proposed budget.

McKinney also announced that the city has received a $250,000 grant from the

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant Program to assist with the construction of new recreational facilities, such as the Soccer Complex, at the multiuse park on West Freeman Avenue.

“We’re looking forward to getting started on that,” he said. “For the ball fields, we’re going to do a lot of work in-house.”

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at City Hall.

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