Westside Eagle-Observer

Gravette council accepts trail bid, fees ordinance

- SUSAN HOLLAND sholland@nwaonline.com

GRAVETTE — In a short city council meeting Thursday evening, Aug. 18, Gravette council members accepted a bid for phase two of the city’s walking/bike trail and passed ordinances regulating codificati­on and fees.

No citizens were present to comment, and it took only a few minutes to approve the minutes of the July council meeting and the previous week’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Council members quickly moved on to the first item of new business and voted unanimousl­y to accept the bid of $1,152,251 from 81 Constructi­on Group Inc. of Siloam Springs for the constructi­on of the second segment of Gravette’s walking/ bike trail. Sand Creek Engineerin­g of Bentonvill­e recommende­d that the bid be accepted and the contract awarded to 81 Constructi­on Group Inc.

In other business, council members voted unanimousl­y to pass an ordinance adopting and enacting a new code for the city of Gravette and a second ordinance establishi­ng fees for services provided by all city department­s. The fee structure will be listed in a separate section so that, when fees change, it will be necessary to change only that section and not have to enact a whole new ordinance.

Finance director Carl Rabey said there were no changes in the finances or the bond situation since the August 11 Committee of the Whole meeting. Full financial reports were available for council members to review.

At the conclusion of the meeting, city attorney David Bailey said that Gravette Day had been a big success and Mayor Kurt Maddox agreed that it had gone quite well.

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