City to handle construction on soccer concessions building
By Kelby Newcomb
The city of Berryville will be saving money by building the concession and restrooms building for the Berryville Soccer Complex itself.
The Berryville City Council voted Tuesday to approve Ordinance 1047, waiving competitive bidding for the costs of constructing and equipping the concession and restrooms building at the Freeman Avenue soccer complex. The ordinance states the city determined after considerable review and study that it could potentially save significant money by acting as its own general contractor for the project.
Mayor Tim McKinney said the only bid the city received for the construction in November was about $190,000, which the city felt was a little high for the project.
Alderman Max Nichols asked when the city would start working on the concession building. McKinney said construction would begin in the next couple of weeks with the goal of completing it in time for soccer season this year.
The council voted to adopt an emergency clause in order to pass the ordinance on all three readings at a single meeting.
The council also voted to approve Ordinance 1045, which would rezone a parcel of property at 803 High St. from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-2 Two-Family Residential, on its third and final reading.
The council voted to approve Ordinance 1046, which would rezone a parcel of property at 400 Orchard Drive from C-2 Highway Commercial to R-O Residential/Office, on its first reading.
Butch Hanby presented a petition to the council to name the old armory building after Doyle Lynch.
“There are a number of people in this community and surrounding communities who worked with Doyle Lynch at the National Guard,” Hanby said. “Doyle was a mainstay of this battery out here. He joined in 1953, and he’s the reason it was what it was.”
He continued, “We want to name the old armory building in honor of Doyle Lynch. We think it would be an honorable and commendable thing to do for him after what he has done for this community.”
The council voted to approve the request.
The council voted to approve a request for use of the Pension Mountain Trails submitted by Brad Atchley for the Pension Mountain Trail Run, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16.
The council voted to table a request for use of the City Square Park for an “Art in the Park” event to be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for four consecutive weekends in May.
Alderwoman Cindy George expressed concern that a long-term event like that could interrupt commerce for the businesses on the Public Square.
“We’ve never done anything for an extended period like this,” she said.
“You’d have a parking problem, I think,” Nichols said. “I think some of the businesses would have a problem with them being there Friday with the parking.”
Alderman Jason Williams asked if they could put restrictions on the parking to minimize the effect on businesses.
“Maybe for the vendors, but it’s hard to enforce for people coming to look,” Nichols said.
City administrative assistant Jay Lee said the council also needed to take the Farmer’s Market, which is held on Saturdays on the Square, into account.
McKinney suggested they could table the request so that he could meet with the organizers to discuss the logistics further.
The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at City Hall.