Phillips appointed to cemetery panel

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Berryville City Council last week appointed another member to the city’s Memorial Park Cemetery Commission.

Sally Phillips was approved by a unanimous vote to fill the vacancy left by the recent resignation of Richard Harp. It was the second new appointment to the commission in recent weeks, following the approval of Johnice Glisson, who was appointed to fill a seat left vacant by the resignation of former commissioner David Sparks.

Mayor Tim McKinney said the city and the cemetery commission are dedicated to making improvements at the cemetery.

“We’re working with a local business, Nelson, to try to come up with a partnership to continue the improvements at the cemetery,” McKinney said. “We want to get a kiosk, we want to get our records online in an electronic format and build or buy a columbarium out there. Those are the three big items we have. I think we’ll be able to do all three of those this year if we can find somebody to work.”

In other business, the council heard from Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos, who delivered his department’s monthly report.

According to Bartos, city police issued 117 citations in July, down from 154 a year ago, and investigated 61 offenses, down from 91 this time last year. The department’s clearance rate for the month, Bartos said, was 80 percent.

The department took in $1,165 in fines and bonds and responded to 9 traffic accidents, down from 12 a year ago.

“Overall, it was a pretty slow month for us,” Bartos said.

The council also reviewed the monthly financial report showing sales tax collected in the city during the month of June. According to the report, the city received $162,708.70 from the 1 percent sales tax — a significant increase from the $155,249.54 received in July 2020 — and $81,354.35 from the city’s half-cent sales tax.

Of the tax money received, $118,024.05 was added to the city’s general fund, $17,000 to the sewer bond fund and $14,570.87 went to the street fund. The remainder was divided between the Saunders Museum and the parks commission funds, which received $4,371.26 each, and the tourism and cemetery funds, which received $2,185.63 each.

The board also approved a last-minute parade request for the Carroll County Fair, which is opened Friday at the county fairgrounds. The parade was held Saturday.

Council members also briefly discussed the results of the 2020 census. McKinney said he felt Berryville’s numbers, which indicated a growth of 6.1 percent, were much lower than he expected.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Berryville City Hall.

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