The Horseshoe Bend City Council agreed unanimously Feb. 18 to deny the request of an area resident to purchase land after Mayor Bob Spear said he had received a petition from approximately 50 residents opposing the sale of a parcel of land in Crown Addition marked as a park.
The council agreed to resubmit a grant for funding for a proposed walking trail in Horseshoe Bend. The mayor said last year the city had applied for the grant in the amount of $56,000 but the city was denied funding because federal funds had been allocated to other areas.
City Attorney Jim Short suggested scheduling an informal meeting to review the grant application, prepare a cover letter and submit the paperwork in a timely manner and the city might have a better chance of receiving funding for the project. Spear said the trail would benefit the area. Horseshoe Bend Chamber President Kathryn Randall said the chamber would draft a letter supporting the grant.
Alderman Erv Metzinger said the Friends of the Library is considering two different sites for the location of a new library building. He said drawings of both sites are on display in the library and suggested the public stop by and cast their vote for one of the sites.
A site was previously donated for the new library but Metzinger said it was controversial because of the woods surrounding it. If the wooded site is chosen then a road would have to be cut for access.
In other business the council adopted Resolution 2002-01 authorizing the participation of the city and employees in a pension plan offered by CitiStreet and administered by the Arkansas Municipal League.
Ordinance 2002-02 was adopted by the council which clarifies the terms of the members of the Building Committee.
Ordinance 2002-03 amending the Zoning Code was approved. According to Sally Pohl, recorder/treasurer, members of the Planning Commission, the city attorney and Pohl reviewed the original resolution to see if the laws were still applicable. Short ratified the changes and an ordinance was adopted to replace the existing resolution.