November 16, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
The meeting was called to order at 12:01 p.m.
Present were Arnold Knox, Director of Streets; Jim Bodenhamer, Susan Stockton and Jennifer Baker, Committee members; and Mayor Adams.
Arnie requested approval from the Committee to send the City Council, a request for disposal of Street Department records of the years 2013 and 2014. This will include old accounts payable and accounts receivable paperwork, materials tickets, and anything that is obsolete from those two years. The Committee approved Arnie's request.
A resident from 101 S. Cardinal Drive, Andrea McBride, has called the Street Department with several complaints concerning the recent overlay of Cardinal Drive along with damage to her tree. Arnie explained what her issues were and wanted to let them know in the event she made calls to them.
The Street Report for October 2021 was reviewed. Arnie reported the rebuild project at Spring Street has been completed, but the total on the report were not final due to a few more asphalt tickets that are to be added. The cost to date for Spring Street is $208,181.35. Susan asked if Spring Street will be striped, and Arnie said it will be included when Burnett and Cardinal are striped.
Fill is being hauled to the new fire department location daily. The total cost to this project is $43,717.76.
The Overlays for the year have totaled $508,621.54. This does not include Cardinal Drive and that will show on next month's report. The reason of the higher cost is because there were no overlays last year, this total is two years of overlays. Next year, there will be a lower cost for overlays. Arnie reported to the Committee he plans on purchasing a new milling machine next year, he has it in his 2022 Budget. All Committee members were glad to see Cardinal Drive completed.
The rebuild project at Cooper/Louann/Demetree has a cost to date of $115,895.65. Arnie said this project is going well, with both construction crews working there. Jim asked when it was expected to be completed. Arnie anticipates late spring of 2022 for completion.
Arnie reported to the Committee that the Christmas light display at Arkansas State University was at a cost to date of $5,731.46. He said he has 2 of his guys working there setting up lights. He expects approximately a $20,000 expense for this project. The Mayor added, they will be ready to begin this coming Sunday and will receive donations at the end of the drive through light display.
Arnie reported Maintenance for the month of October has totaled $21,745.22. He said the crew will be putting up Christmas lights on the street light poles soon.
The Budget Summary was reviewed. Arnie said the only line item that needed adjusting was the Street Department Services, which he has no control over. This money is budgeted for reimbursement to General Fund for charges to the Street Department.
Jennifer asked how staffing was at the Street Department. Arnie said he has four AID employees and hopefully after their 90 days, they will hire on with the City.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:32 p.m.