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August 30th, 2012
As questions and concerns continue to be raised about a high-voltage transmission line being installed in Benton, city officials say they have attempted to convince Entergy Arkansas officials to relocate a particular transmission line pole that is located within close proximity to the ball fields at Bernard Holland Park.
City Attorney Brent Houston reviewed the steps leading to that proposal in a detailed email submitted to members of the City Council. In essence, Entergy has refused to modify the project and the city has been told there is nothing that can be done.
Entergy Arkansas construction employees erect a transmission line pole that is part of a high-voltage system being put in place adjacent to Bernard Holland ball park in Benton. Rumors that the controversial project's location might be changed within a 500-foot threshold apparently proved to be unfounded. Crews at the scene this morning said they had not been informed of any planned changes in the prescribed route.
Detectives with the Benton Police Department are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins in four different neighborhoods.
Chief Kirk Lane said that during a recent meeting with Arkansas Chiefs of Police Association, it was noted that other agencies in the state are seeing an influx of large groups of suspects targeting neighborhoods for these types of crimes. He said the unknown suspects are traveling together throughout neighborhoods with the intention of spreading out to locate easy targets â€” unlocked vehicles â€” and then share the items stolen with each other.
Benton Mayor David Mattingly has been given a 25 percent change order threshold for the Lower Military Road construction project.
The City Council approved an ordinance to this effect in a meeting Monday night.
The ordinance notes that the council previously had passed an ordinance giving the mayor a 15 percent contingency for change orders for this extensive project.
The original contract the city awarded to McGeorge Construction for the project was $7,837,272.