Council looks at past, future; Addition to city park in progress
By GEORGE HOLCOMB firstname.lastname@example.org | December 7, 2018
YELLVILLE — The Yellville City Council spent its final meeting of the year reflecting on the year’s progress and looking forward to the completion of projects begun this year.
“We managed to do everything we set our eyes on during the year,” said Mayor Shawn Lane of 2018. Lane thanked the council members for their diligence and engagement.
He also recognized Yellville public works employees.
“They were out there at noon on Thanksgiving repairing a water break,” Lane told the council, in appreciation of the workers.
The city’s final session with the Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI) was last week. The city has been working with AEDI for the past few months. The institute, a service of the University of Arkansas, has gathered information and opinions from Yellville’s people.
Next, the Institute will analyze what they have learned in the context of larger economic trends. They will find possible directions the city might take to improve its competitive position in the future.
Mayor Lane advised the council to expect the final report and recommendations in February or March of the coming year.
The mayor also alerted the council and citizens to expect a 5-percent increase in minimum water rates early next year.
Tina Cole addressed the council about developments at the park. The city is moving forward with the splash pad project. Cole showed an artist’s conception of the planned facility; water guns, overhead sprinkler flowers, and all.
The splash pad will have a toddler area, a family area, and an “action bay” where older children can engage in more active play.
Cole and the Parks Commission opened bids on the water feature in November. They decided to award the contract to RJR Enterprises of Rogers.
“Tina has done a lot of work to get us to this point,” said Lane, “and the work is just beginning.”
Once the bid is finalized and the paperwork is done, RJR can start work. Lane and Cole expect the job to be finished in time for use before the end of next summer.
City crews can get started right away. They will prepare the site, completing the grade work and installation of water supply and drainage.
Lane says they’ll try to spare as many of the surrounding trees as possible.
The splash pad provides much of the fun and refreshment of a pool, Lane explained, at greatly reduced expense and liability.
“The bids, design, and engineering are done,” said Lane. “We’re ready to go.”