Tonight, the Helena West Helena City Council met for about two hours in a regularly scheduled meeting. Our meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building located at 226 Perry Street.
Notably, Mr. John A. Washington and Mr. Bruce Hudson, were absent from the meeting.
Mr. Jay Hollowell took a moment to thank the administration, city council, department heads and employees and the entire community for its outpouring of support during the time of his mother's illness and death. Mrs. Mary Ruth Hollowell, Jay's mom, was a beautiful person who worked at the Helena National Bank's Main Branch on Cherry Street for many years. She could be seen helping customers, answering the phone and generally directing traffic down there. She had a wonderful smile. She had a friendly telephone presence. She was a treat to speak to in person. She was a great public servant and proud supporter of many good causes, purposes and organizations in our community. We truly lost a good person in Mrs. Mary Ruth Hollowell.
We recessed the council meeting to go outside to view and inspect the newly acquired 2010 Freightliner Refuse Truck with a Heil Trash Compartment which will be put into service by the end of the month.This truck, which was purchased for nearly $140,000.00, will assist the sanitation department in providing a higher level of service to our community. We financed the truck and will be paying about $30,000.00 per year for the next five years until the truck is paid off.
The city council, when it rejoined the session, got down to business passing several resolutions and many ordinances. Most notable, the council authorized the administration to move forward with the acceptance of another $407,000.00 grant for the city's use in its streets and drainage master plan for improvements. Mrs. Diane Norman, East Arkansas Planning and Development District and Mr. Mike Marlar, Marlar Engineering, appeared at the meeting to explain the grant's purposes and goals. Mr. Marlar laid on the table copies of the master plan for improvement as well as two additional grant applications made to various entities in the amount of $12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars).
With this grant, which was authorized by the council tonight, this administration has secured more than $1.6 million dollars in grant funds for the city in the last year or so. These grants require no match from the city. These grants include approximately $800,000.00 for our police department; $472,000.00 for our housing problem and This $407,000.00 for street and drainage improvements.
Our next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
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