The city of Ash Flat agreed at its Feb. 18 meeting to check out possible locations for a county or city library. Betty Martin with the Sharp County Library Board spoke to the council asking it to provide a rent-free facility to house a library. Martin said the controversy involving the county library in Hardy might mean the facility would have to be moved and she said she thought Ash Flat would be an ideal location.
According to Martin, the building must be at least 1,200 square feet, with all utilities provided by the city. The council seemed receptive to the idea and discussed possible locations. Ash Flat Mayor Gary "Pepper" Martin said he had spoken to someone several months ago who said there was a house located near the senior citizen center that could possibly be donated to the city.
The council agreed to consider the request and make inquiries into the matter.
Residents from Branscum Road asked the council to consider improvements to their road. They said they made the same request to the council several months ago and the city did some work; however, the conditions of the road were worse instead of better after the work was complete.
Martin said there was a problem with easements and suggested the residents get together and provide the city with 10 foot easements on each side of the road.
Councilman Joe Cotham said the city tries to budget for approximately one mile of surfacing or resurfacing each year. According to Cotham, this year's budget has been allocated to pave the ballpark road leading to the proposed site for Ozarka College.
"We've already spent thousands of dollars on your road and it washed away," Martin told the residents. He assured them the city would do everything it could to help the situation. It was estimated it would cost approximately $200,000 to fix the road properly.
In other business, the city approved a request to interview for an employee to help with the road and water departments and amended last year's budget to reflect actual expenditures.