Ben­ton County plan­ners OK Cen­ter­ton wa­ter tank

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BENTONVILLE — Ben­ton County plan­ners on Sept. 26 ap­proved plans to add 3-mil­lion gal­lons of stor­age to the Cen­ter­ton wa­ter sys­tem

The Plan­ning Board ap­proved a new wa­ter tank for Cen­ter­ton. The 3-mil­lion-gal­lon tank would be built at 11681 and 11557 W. Arkansas 72, out­side the city, on 3.7 acres near two other wa­ter stor­age tanks — a 1.75 mil­lion gal­lon tank for the city and a 3.5 mil­lion gal­lon tank for the Ben­ton/Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Pub­lic Wa­ter Author­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Frank Holzkam­per with Cen­ter­ton Wa­ter Util­i­ties, the city has about 2.1 mil­lion gal­lons of stor­age and its daily wa­ter use reg­u­larly tops 2.5 mil­lion gal­lons. He said the state Health Depart­ment rec­om­mends hav­ing a stor­age ca­pac­ity equal to at least one day’s use in the event of an emer­gency that in­ter­rupts wa­ter sup­ply. The new wa­ter tank is es­ti­mated to cost $4.8 mil­lion. Holzkam­per said the util­ity hopes to break ground on the project by the end of this year.

The plan calls for plant­ing shrubs and bushes to screen ad­ja­cent res­i­den­tial and agri­cul­tural uses on prop­er­ties to the north, east and south.

The Plan­ning Board also ap­proved plans for an ad­di­tion to Camp Aca­cia, a non­profit camp fa­cil­ity for spe­cial needs chil­dren, on 34 acres at 9345 WPA Road be­tween De­catur and Gen­try. The fa­cil­ity was for­merly known as Camp Joshua.

The plans call for the ad­di­tion of a 384-square­foot build­ing to house an Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act com­pli­ant re­stroom and util­i­ties associated with a swim­ming pool un­der con­struc­tion. The board also con­sid­ered side­walks re­cently built on the site lead­ing from the main site to Coon Creek, which runs through the prop­erty, along with a climb­ing wall and pa­tios. The scale of the ad­di­tions and ren­o­va­tion to the fa­cil­i­ties re­quired re­view and ap­proval by the county.

The fa­cil­ity would have as many as 25 em­ploy­ees and up to 100 chil­dren present at one time, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the county. The county re­quired the plan to show 23 park­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing one for a van to com­ply with the Amer­i­cans With Dis­abil­i­ties Act.

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