The Hardy Library will be receiving an electrical upgrade including air conditioning for this summer due to a unanimous vote at the Hardy City Council meeting May 20.
Librarian Carol Collins explained to the council that the new heating and cooling system for the library will cost $1,500 from Jackson Electrical Contractors Inc., and Hardy based heating and cooling specialist Mitch Lindley is willing to install the new system at cost and provide labor for free.
"He looks at it as a civic duty and wanted to give back to the community," Collins said.
Although Collins explained that the Sharp County Library Board offered to pay $1,000 for the new system and the Kiwanis Club offered $550 for assistance, Mayor Nina Thornton said that due to a previous fundraising raffle, the city has enough money to provide the $1,500 and the council voted unanimously to do so.
When asked about the status of the children's summer reading program, Collins said she's not sure if the system can or will be installed in time, and the program will be cancelled until further notice.
An ordinance enabling the city of Hardy to waive, "competitive and or all bids," for cleanup of damage caused by the recent floods was also unanimously passed. According to Mayor Thornton, the ordinance will ensure a more efficient recovery for damaged Hardy property.
"We're going to work on getting our city back together," Thornton said. "I'm trying to do what's best for the city."
Damaged property listed in the ordinance and in need of major and speedy repairs include Hardy sewerage system, Hardy City Hall, city of Hardy streets and bridges, and Loberg walking trail, park, playground and bathrooms, among others. Prior to this ordinance, the city was mandated to hold off recovery efforts while waiting to receive bids from businesses wanting to make the repairs.
An emergency clause was included in the bill allowing it to take effect immediately upon passage and approval.
Alderman Amy Hussung discussed the possible change to the existing city sales tax. The new sales tax would replace the current 1.875 percent advertising and promotions sales tax charged to restaurants and lodging businesses, and would create a unified, city-wide sales tax of 2.75 percent.
Hussung said that final decisions will be made after more information is gathered and a possible meeting where residents and business owners can voice their concerns is held.
One Hardy street was renamed Robert and Kathleen Clay Lane by a unanimous vote of the council. Jackson Avenue is located near Price Chopper grocery store and is not really Jackson Avenue at all according to Mayor Thornton. Because no businesses or residential homes are located on the street, the council could make the name change without prior approval.
Governor Mike Beebe signed a proclamation declaring the Saturday before Memorial Day, Wilburn Brothers Day, Mayor Thornton announced. Virgil Doyle Wilburn and Thurman Theodore Wilburn were both born in Hardy in the 1930s and released 30 chart-hits throughout their music career, according to Country Music Television's Web site.
Mayor Thornton also reminded Hardy residents that recipes are now being gathered for the library recipe book and can be dropped off at the temporary City Hall located at the city fire station or at the Cluttered Cupboard. Specific instructions for writing the recipes can also be found at both locations.