VILONIA — The Vilonia City Council gave the nod Tuesday to pay more than $120,000 to Rogers Group Inc., for asphalt work on several city streets.
Mayor James Firestone said the city received three contractor bids regarding work to be done on North, Wicker, North Church and Elizabeth. The lowest bidder was Rogers for $75.48 per ton for asphalt with an estimated 1,600 tons needed, he said. Based on those figures, the amount is expected to be $120,768.
In other action, Firestone signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 5, as “Go Pink for the Cure Day” in the city in support of Susan G. Komen, Pink for the Cure and breast cancer awareness.
Discussion and reports:
• Firestone told the council there is “no timeline” for when the new ball fields being built on N. Mt. Olive will be ready for play. Firestone said they are waiting on a survey that was approved by the council last month before closing on the property. However, he said, there has been some pre-layout work done regarding soccer fields and parking lots. He also said the city will be pursuing grant money to help with the project.
• Fire department Chief Keith Hillman said the fire department has responded to about 445 runs for the year. Work has also begun, he said, on the department’s new training facility.
• In the year since the opening, the new Highway 64 Bypass skirting downtown Vilonia has cut down on accidents in that city, according to Police Chief Brad McNew. Vilonia police, he said, have worked 40 accidents in the city from the first of the year until the end of August. Last year, he said, in the same time period, 72 accidents had been logged in by the department.
“As far as accidents, I guess the bypass is working,” he said.
Also, he said a new officer began attending a 13-week training course at the Arkansas Police Training Academy Aug. 20. Certified officers, he said, now have the opportunity to take 20-hour per year training courses via Internet with the Public Agency Training Council which is the largest privately held law enforcement training company in the nation offering a curriculum of over 100 topics of academy quality training programs throughout the United States. The will be no cost for the courses, McNew said.
• In the first 9 months of the year, Firestone said, 25 single family building permits, three residential additions, one duplex, six storage building and three commercial permits were issued.
• The Spirit of Vilonia Ministries Inc. Food Bank helped an average of about 20 families weekly with food and clothing. To help with funding, a garage sale is being held weekly Saturdays. There was a request from the organization to hang a semi-permanent sign on the outside of the building being used on Highway 64 that once served as the city hall.
• The Chamber Political Forum scheduled for Monday night has been rescheduled to Oct. 8.