VILONIA — The Vilonia City Council was short on action Tuesday night with only one agenda item and many in the city on spring break.
The council approved spending $5,091 for a 4-ton air-conditioning unit to be placed in the concession stand at the city park. Mayor James Firestone said three bids were submitted with the lowest being Pearce Heating and Air Conditioning which was accepted.
• Police Chief Brad McNew said it is the first time since 2009 that the force is operating at full staff and everyone is trained. Also, he invited the council to tour the new police training facility, which he anticipates will be ready by the end of the week.
• At least 100 potted trees were given away, in less than an hour, at the Saturday, Arkansas Replant and Arbor Day celebration in Vilonia, Firestone said. With about 150 people in attendance, the mayor read a proclamation at the Saturday event declaring the day as Arbor Day in Vilonia. Also, Firestone said, Friday, 9 large trees were planted at the ballfield replacing some that had been destroyed by the tornado. In addition, 300 hot dogs were served Saturday.
• There was a brief discussion regarding a culvert to be installed on South Church St. Also, it was said a culvert on Dennis and North Coker has caved in on the north side and is in need of repair.
• Museum of Veterans and Military History. Alderman Sherry Clements, who also serves as a museum board member, shared with the council that about 3,800 visitors have been to the museum since May 15, 2012. Last week, she said, there were about 500 visitors including a school tour. She also said a couple of new exhibits will be installed this week including a demilitarized World War II bazooka.
Brian Anible, a board member with the museum, also presented Firestone a plaque for his work at the museum as well as on behalf of “all veterans, both retired and active.”
“We appreciate you and recognize your dedication to those who have served and continue to serve,” Anible said.