BV council pursues grant for sidewalk project

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Berryville City Council is pursuing federal aid to make improvements to the sidewalks around the Berryville Square.

The council voted at its Tuesday meeting to approve Resolution 1032, which expresses the willingness of the city to utilize Federal-Aid Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds.

Mayor Tim McKinney said the funds are available at 80 percent federal participation and 20 percent local match to develop and improve the sidewalks around the Berryville Square and the downtown area. The funds are available for the sidewalk project on a reimbursement basis, he said, requiring work to be accomplished and proof of payment to be submitted for reimbursement.

“This is part of our Square project,” he said. “What we’re trying to do with our sales tax money is use it like we did on other projects, like the soccer fields.”

“This should finish the project up,” said alderwoman Linda Riddlesperger.

“If we get the grant, then we’ll do it all in one project,” McKinney said. “Otherwise, we’ll do it in phases.”

The council then voted to approve Ordinance 1031 on its second and third readings by title only, accepting the dedication of streets by Henry Adams, developer of the Paradise Heights Subdivision.

The council also voted to put Ordinance 1030 back on the floor for consideration. The ordinance, which would rezone a parcel of property located at the intersection of North Avenue and Maple Street from R-1 single family residential to R-O residential/office zone, was tabled at the council’s previous meeting until the building plans could be brought into compliance.

McKinney asked Reba Clark, who filed the rezoning petition, if she had worked out the compliance issues with the city building inspector.

“I spoke with him last week,” she said. “I’m going to move the little building off the property and make an entrance to the back of the house. There’s a room that’s added on, and I’ll have my office back there.”

McKinney said there will have to be inspections by the city building inspector before the plans receive final approval.

The council voted to approve Ordinance 1031 on its first reading.

“We can get confirmation from the building inspector on all this before the second and third readings,” McKinney said.

He also issued a public thanks to Kimberly Bolerjack and her children for picking up trash throughout the city.

“They went out and picked up about five big bags of trash after we discussed it at the last meeting,” McKinney said. “They picked up a pretty good load, and we appreciate them.”

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at City Hall.

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