Spring Clean-Up dates set in BV
By Haley Schichtl
The Berryville City Council reviewed the Spring Clean-Up dates and rules at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Carroll County Solid Waste will pick up bulky items April 13 and 14 for residents east of Springfield Street, and April 16 and 17 for residents west of Springfield. This includes old furniture, mattresses and appliances. Only four items, including up to two appliances, will be picked up per residency. Refrigerators must have Freon removed and be legally tagged as removed or recovered. Tires, batteries, scrap metal, electronics and trash won’t be picked up on these dates.
Bundled limbs and bagged leaves will be picked up April 20 and 21.
To have items picked up, make sure to put them on the curb by 7 a.m. on the first day of pickup.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance rezoning a piece property near the Bedford Falls Mobile Home Park on Highway 21 from R-2 residential to R-O residential/office.
“This is the land we just annexed. It’s the highway frontage on that land out there at the trailer park,” Mayor Tim McKinney said. “I think they may be looking into some storage sheds, or some kind of use for that highway frontage.”
Administrative assistant Jay Lee said the outlined area is nine acres.
The council also approved accepting a new street, Matty Lane, into the Berryville city street system. The street was put in by the developer of the Paradise Heights subdivision, Henry Adams, for access into the subdivision.
The council then approved a bond refinancing ordinance, which authorizes water and sewer revenues and a 1 percent sales tax to be used for funding bonds.
Kevin Faught of Stephens Inc. was at the meeting to talk about the city’s savings.
“We ended up saving the city almost $260,000,” Faught said. “We had a nice day in the market and I think we hit it at a pretty good time.”
Michael Moyers of Friday Firm then talked about the bond refinancing ordinance for the new bonds.
“By adopting the ordinance tonight, you’ve giving the mayor the authority to sign the bond purchase agreement, which is the action … necessary for rates to be locked in,” Moyers said. “This ordinance … the only difference from the city’s perspective is you’re not going to pay as much on a monthly basis for debt service.”
He said the first $17,000 each month from the tax and water and sewer revenues will go to pay debt service.
“If … water and sewer collections fall off to a point that you’re not able to meet all your obligations, you will be required to increase rates,” Moyers said.
He said the 2012 bonds will be paid off March 26, and the new 2020 bonds will be effective.
McKinney then gave his 2019-2020 State of the City Address.
He talked about projects that were completed in 2019, such as the Freeman Street extension, the new soccer fields, rural water expansion and the new industrial park. He also acknowledged the loss of two longtime council members, Joel Gibson and Cindy George.
“While Cindy and Joel will be missed, Berryville is fortunate to have people like Jason Williams and JoAnn Harris who are willing to serve the citizens of Berryville and I look forward to working with both of them,” McKinney said.
McKinney also discussed current projects, including the restoration of the Old Mill Creek Spring and the purchase of the Hutchison Farm.
“We will begin construction on water, sewer and streets this summer. I want to thank our economic development director Chris Claybaker for all his work on this project,” McKinney said. “The $1.2 million EDA grant we received will let us have about 80 acres shovel-ready.”
The city council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in City Hall.