As people lined the walls and poured into the hallway of the Horseshoe Bend City Hall, it was clear there was interest in the agenda at the Jan. 15 city council meeting.
Discussions regarding the expansion and improvement of the Horseshoe Bend sewer system prompted the gathering of numerous Horseshoe Bend residents.
Bob Chatman with Miller-Newell Engineering and Mitzi Hargan with White River Planning and Development, who will be working together to write grants for the city, spoke with the Horseshoe Bend sewer committee that met immediately before the town's regular session city council meeting.
Both Chatman and Hargan have been working with the city to find ways to upgrade the sewer system for the past two years, according to Horseshoe Bend Recorder/Treasurer Sally Pohl.
They said they were applying for grants with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and with the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program. Chatman also warned Horseshoe Bend residents that funds might not be received with their initial applications.
"There's likely to be 40 to 50 applications," Chatman said. "They'll award maybe five or six."
"Applications are very competitive," Hargan said. "Grant money is especially tight right now with the war effort."
"We'll hound (the grant programs) until they give in," Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes said.
During the Horseshoe Bend City Council Meeting, the council gave approval for the application process to begin. They unanimously approved a resolution that would allow Barnes to submit grant applications.
The council agreed to a second resolution that allowed Horseshoe Bend to enter into and administrative agreement with WRPD. However, before he gave approval, Alderman Wally Mettler questioned the resolution.
He voiced concern regarding payment to Chatman and Hargan.
Barnes said some grant funds would be used for payment. However, he said the city was not responsible for any fees until they were awarded a grant.
The council approved an ordinance allowing Barnes to amend the Municipal Code regarding the city's building committee.
Barnes appointed three new members to the committee -- James Davis, Rich Gladish and Nate Wolf.