BV Council approves donating property for new library

Friday, May 24, 2019

By Kelby Newcomb

The Berryville City Council voted Tuesday to donate property for a new library.

Mayor Tim McKinney said the Berryville Library has been working on a building project and recently received approval from the Carroll County Quorum Court to purchase the property next to the city pool. McKinney said the city bought that property in the early 2000s on the advice of Burton O. “Burt” George Jr., a community leader, banker and former alderman.

“When it came available, Burt said ‘Tim, we need to square up our property,’ ” McKinney said. “He said it would be a good piece of property for public use someday, and he did talk me into buying it.”

McKinney said he believes a new library will fit in well with the existing city park and pool surrounding the property. Pending the council’s approval, he said he would like to direct city attorney Clint Scheel to work with the Berryville Library Board of Directors on a plan to give the property to the library at no charge.

“I think it will be an asset to the city,” McKinney said. “I think it will be good for the community as a whole. It will be a good center for knowledge and information.”

The council also voted to approve Resolution 1051, expressing the willingness of the city to utilize federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds to develop and improve sidewalks around the Public Square. McKinney said the funds are available at 80 percent federal participation and 20 percent local match.

McKinney updated the council on the Freeman Avenue extension project, saying the Arkansas Department of Transportation had received bids. The low bid, he said, was $748,089.17 from Emery Sapp and Sons Inc. of Columbia, Mo.

He said he does not know when the project will be started.

“I’m hoping as short a stretch as that is that if we don’t get it done before school starts, it will at least be really close,” McKinney said.

Police Chief Robert Bartos submitted the police department’s monthly report for April. Last month, the report says, 77 citations were issued, 71 offenses were reported and 12 accidents were reported. It says the department served eight warrants, did 14 fingerprints and did 10 VIN verifications. The department took in $2,495 in fines and bonds, the report says, and had a clearance rate of 76 percent.

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

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