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New hospital zoning, roundabout landscaping on council agenda

Posted: February 24, 2014 - 4:14pm
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Artistic renderings of roundabout interior landscape from Crafton Tull architecture, engineering and surveying.
Artistic renderings of roundabout interior landscape from Crafton Tull architecture, engineering and surveying.

The Conway City Council will vote on a rezoning that will let Baptist Health System proceed with development of its new hospital in Conway. 

As planned, the hospital will be built on about 20 acres of land at United Drive and Exchange Avenue, just south of Caldwell Toyota. The council will vote to change the property’s zoning designation from C-4 commercial to O-1 office. 

The O-1 zoning classification makes sense for a hospital development, city Planning Director Bryan Patrick said.

The council will also vote on which of two construction companies will manage construction of Braves Field at Curtis Walker Park. Salter Construction, Inc. and Flynco, Inc. responded to the city’s Request for Qualification bid process, and the city parks department has recommended that the council pick Salter Construction.

The council will also vote on adopting landscaping standards for the city’s roundabouts. Between sod, tree and plant costs, concrete edging, concrete block walls and irrigation, each roundabout will cost an average of about $35,000 to landscape. 

“It should be noted that a funding source for the landscaping has not been identified,” city traffic engineer Finley Vinson wrote in a memo to the council. “With this in mind, it will remain the decision of the council whether to include the landscaping in each location. … Funding will have to be identified on a case-by-case basis.”

In other business, the council will consider:

• A resolution to request the Faulkner County Tax Collector to place a lien on property located 415

South Ash Street for incurred expenses by the City;

• Bid for the Hwy 365-Sturgis Road Project for the Street Department;

• A request from Allen Shaver for a conditional use permit to allow MF-1 density for

property located at 1422 Robins Street and 1829 Robins Street;.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at the southwest corner of 2105 Morning Glory and 1685

South Donaghey Avenue from A-1 to R-1.

• Accepting a bid on a Dodge Sprinter for the Conway Fire Department (the fire department recommends buying the van, which will be used to transport the department’s second bomb disposal robot, from the low bidder Breeden Dodge Chrysler Jeep);

• An ordinance waiving the competitive bid process for the purchase of seven Chevrolet Tahoes for the

Conway Police Department (a vendor, George Nunnally Chevrolet, is selling its inventory of 2014-model Tahoes at the state-contract price for 2013 vehicles to clear out the inventory before redesigned 2015 models arrive);

• Appropriating funds to purchase computers for various departments;

• Changing the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on March 11, 2014 to an alternative date;

• and setting the City Council Pre-Retreat Meeting has been set for 5:30 p.m. on March 4 at the District Court building.

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Lilly03 02/25/14 - 08:55 am
Seriosuly .....

1. $35,000 landscaping for EACH roundabout. That's installation, not upkeep.
And the picture shown on Twitter has tree's pretty tall that obstruct the drivers view
2. Waiving competitive bids. For cars - really? That worked out well with the Christmas tree. When will they learn? When will the people force their hand to do their job correctly?
3. It states they need computers and earlier it was mentioned they are behind on upgrades. Isn't running the cities IT system more important than the trees in a round about? 'Pretty' is nice, but at the rate they want to make things pretty, can Conway afford it? The streets are full of potholes as it is.

ScottRAB 02/25/14 - 04:17 pm
Modern Roundabouts.

1. Low maintenance would be better, but also less attractive.
2. If you’re looking at the other side of a modern roundabout when you’re entering, you’re driving unsafely. Drivers entering a modern roundabout should first look for pedestrians, then watch for other motorists coming from the left and then watch for pedestrians when exiting. The motorist on the other side of the circle won’t get to you for 5 or ten seconds. Obscured views across the central island is one of the safety features.

The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/6v44a3x).
Roundabout Art:
French Video: http://tinyurl.com/87yhqts
Video 2: http://tinyurl.com/d8t3zua
Topito top 25, France: http://tinyurl.com/c7k34an
Bend Art drive: http://tinyurl.com/855d4mr
PixPlot Roundabouts: http://tinyurl.com/2e9dvn3
Art in traffic circles, flickr: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=art+in+traffic+circle
Art in roundabouts, flicker: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=art+in+roundabout&m=text
Podcetrtek Traffic Circle located in Slovenia http://tinyurl.com/9we2qz6

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