September 27, 2022


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Highfill council releases land from its water service area; drone purchase approved for Police Department

HIGHFILL — The Highfill town council launched land from its drinking water assistance region and approved the invest in of a drone for the Police Office July 14.

The council read from Rod Garman about 260 acres together Readings Highway that are staying divided into 21 large loads. The council was instructed the price tag to acquire easements and extend h2o support to the subdivision from Highfill water service would probably charge the city $92,000 or much more, and it was unsure if easements could even be attained. The council authorized releasing the lands to the Gentry drinking water assistance place given that Gentry has h2o strains across the road from the land.

The land in problem is owned by RGBS Readings Highway LLC and is generally situated on the east aspect of Readings Street and south of Garman Highway. Highfill’s closest water strains are in the space of the Pepper Hills subdivision.

Council member Chris Holland claimed he hates to see the city give up a part of its h2o provider place but voted in favor of the launch because of the actuality that it would not be price-productive for Highfill to prolong its h2o lines to provide these drinking water prospects at this time and that people buildings in the subdivision would will need drinking water.

Also permitted by the council was the expenditure of up to $5,000 from the Law enforcement Department’s price savings fund as an initial payment for a drone for use by the Law enforcement Office or perhaps shared use between the police and fireplace departments.

The drone, according to Police Chief Blake Webb, is capable of thermal imaging and measuring distances and would be pretty handy for documenting and accumulating evidence, finding missing folks and flood victims, as properly as finding persons in burning structures.

Webb advised the drone be purchased from the very same company the section makes use of for its overall body cameras. He stated the full drone charge would be $14,000 but that it can be paid for on a deal more than time. He described $19,225 in the police financial savings account.

In other business, the council appointed Alexis Cordeiro to fill the seat on the Scheduling Commission vacated by the resignation of Kolby Rankin on the afternoon of July 14.

Mark Taylor, by cellular phone call, gave a report to the council on grading and highway restore get the job done becoming finished in the city. He said he hoped to complete grading perform on the city’s road by the conclude of this week.

It was documented that the town had located a variety of box culverts readily available at a superior rate, and the council advised checking with the metropolis engineer if the metropolis could use the culverts and, if so, to buy them.

Queries were being requested of Mayor Michelle Rieff about the city’s recorder/treasurer, and the mayor claimed he experienced been working in Mountain Dwelling. Holland instructed the city validate if he continue to resided in Highfill and, if not, to request for his resignation.

Webb claimed perform was going well on the city’s police station (the former United Methodist Church developing) and it should really be done before long. He claimed staff have been waiting around on new doorways for the developing.

A metropolis finance workshop conference was set for 6 p.m. July 11 to assessment the city’s finances at midyear.

Rieff described that it did not search most likely that the metropolis would acquire grant funding to develop a substantially-necessary sewer line to the Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority wastewater treatment method facility and advised the council the metropolis could use for an Arkansas Pure Assets Commission no-fascination personal loan for the $4.15 million job, with a 1% cost for a 10-calendar year personal loan and a 1.75% charge for a 20-calendar year mortgage. She was inspired to utilize, with the council then getting up the issue if the software is approved.

She also reported making use of for an Arkansas Parks and Tourism outside recreation grant to establish a park in the Silver Meadows Subdivision if the POA will donate the land to the town and, potentially, if the cash that was set apart for the streets is also offered to the metropolis for the job.