Council reroutes power for soccer complex

Friday, April 5, 2019

By Kelby Newcomb

Mayor Tim McKinney told the Berryville City Council that the city will be running electrical wiring for the Berryville Soccer Complex underground in order to avoid further conflict with an area church.

The original plan had been to put one electrical pole in the corner of the property belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). McKinney had said the church was not willing to let the city proceed unless Entergy compensated them for the loss of property and fulfilled a list of other requests. Entergy declined to do so, he said.

McKinney said the city’s only options were to condemn the section of property needed for the power pole or find an alternate route.

“It looked like it was going to be quite an ordeal to go on with the church,” he said. “We’re going to go ahead and go underground and do a direct bore so it won’t disturb the cemetery. That way, everything from the church onward will be underground.”

While it will be more expensive, McKinney said it will look good and keep poles and other electrical equipment out of the cemetery.

He also announced that Spring Clean-Up will begin in a few weeks.

Items must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the first morning to guarantee pickup. City staff will not go down the same street twice.

Only four non-hazardous, large, bulky items will be picked up. Only two of those can be appliances. All refrigeration units must have freon removed and be legally tagged as “removed/recovered.” If it fits in a 35-gallon trash bag, it will not be picked up. This clean-up is for old furniture, mattresses and appliances. No tires, batteries, scrap metal, electronics or trash will be picked up.

Bulky items will be picked up Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16, for residents who live east of Springfield Street.

They will be picked up Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19, for those who live west of Springfield Street.

Bundled limbs and bagged leaves will be picked up on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23. Limbs must be tied in manageable bundles, and leaves must be bagged and placed curbside. Please have them at the curb by 7 a.m. Monday, April 22.

This service is for private residents only. There will be no commercial pick-up.

Also at the meeting, alderwoman Linda Riddlesperger announced that the Saunders Museum will open for the season on Monday, April 15.

“I’m almost finished with the grant application,” she said. “I’ve got a couple of pieces to upload, and then I’ll be done. I will try to get it sent in tonight or tomorrow.”

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at City Hall.

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