Springdale City Council considers library updates

Posted: March 6, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Qyxiaan Elliott of Fayetteville studies Monday at the Springdale Public Library. The Springdale City Council on Monday unanimously supported spending a maximum of $175,175 for the first phase of improvements. The investment, which would come from the city’s capital improvement fund, will go to the council for approval in its March 13 meeting.

The Springdale Public Library saw 60,000 people who come through its doors last year.

In other business

• The Springdale City Council Committee passed on to the council a resolution to provide $9,718 for the first phase of stabilizing the buildings at the Fitzgerald farmstead, which served as a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route in 1857 to 1861. The money can be matched on a 2:1 ratio with historic preservation grants, reported Allyn Lord, director of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. The property is owned by NWA Trailblazers, who plan to build a trailhead and parking lot for a mountain bike trail being developed to the east on Fitzgerald Mountain and then donate the rest to the city.

• The council approved the purchase of a cargo van for the Springdale Animal Shelter. The 2018 Ram 1500 cargo van will cost $24,941.00 under the state contract with McLarty Daniel Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. This van will be purchased with funds bequeathed to the animal shelter by the M. Pauline Smith Trust.

• The council heard a proposal from Tonya Martin of Hog Wild Pyrotechnics to allow for postponement dates of professional fireworks presentations if they must be canceled because of weather. The city and state require all pyrotechnics companies to acquire permits stating the dates of the shows. The state allows rescheduling within seven days, but the city does not provide for alternative dates. Council members proposed these alternative dates be limited to weekends. The council postponed action until the next council committee meeting March 27 to allow time to talk to residents.

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