Moving forward: BV council accepts bids for soccer complex

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Berryville City Council voted Tuesday to accept bids for the Berryville Soccer Complex.

Mayor Tim McKinney said the city had to bid the project out in two different parts because the concession stand could not be covered by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant Program.

The council voted to accept the low bid of $520,625.95 from Heavy Constructors of Arkansas for the Berryville Soccer Complex.

McKinney said the city only received one bid of $190,300 from Kirk’s Excavation Inc. for the concession stand.

“We have the alternative of serving as our own contractor,” he said. “We all felt this was a little high. It comes to about $156 per square foot. A third of the building will be storage. In talking to the bidder, they did not receive a really detailed set of plans because our engineers drew it up instead of an architect, so they bid high just to cover their bases.”

McKinney said if the city serves as its own contractor he believes the concession stand can be built for less than $120,000.

The council voted to reject the bid for the concession stand and have the city serve as its own contractor.

Also at the meeting, Jeff Hatley, public information officer for Ozark Regional Transit, presented an activity report for 2018.

He said the transit service is still feeling the effects of a fire in January 2017 that destroyed 20 of its 25 buses.

“Overall ridership for the year to date is 206,786, which is a 7 percent decrease from this time last year,” Hatley said. “We’re still falling overall.”

In Berryville and Carroll County, he said ridership has actually gone up to 1,363 in 2018, compared with 1,101 riders in 2017.

Hatley said the Federal Transit Administration has also approved $3.6 million to replace the vehicles Ozark Regional Transit lost in the fire.

“We were able to replace eight with insurance funds,” he said. “This grant allows us to replace those remaining 12, and they’re all brand-new.”

He said the Federal Transit Administration also approved $2.9 million for the construction of a new administration building and operation center.

Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos presented the police department’s monthly report for October. Bartos said 47 citations were issued, 77 offenses were reported and 22 accidents were reported. He said the department served three warrants, did 20 fingerprints and six VIN verifications. The department collected $3,180 in fines and bonds, Bartos said, and had a clearance rate of 82 percent for the month of October.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at City Hall.

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