Haskell city council to discuss park improvement project

Haskell City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

After hearing regular departmental reports from water/wastewater, streets, fire and rescue, police, court and code enforcement, council members will discuss one piece of old business and two new items.

Included will be a discussion of a park improvement project bid.

The parks department previously received a grant in the amount of $46,970 from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. This is a matching grant, requiring Haskell to provide an equal amount. With the local match, the city has a total of $93,940 to spend on the project.

Mayor Jeff Arey stated that the city is interested in building a new restroom facility as well as a small playground for the improvement project.

Arey estimates that after engineering costs and the grant administrative costs, the total amount that can be used for construction is about $87,000. However, when the city advertised for bids, the bids exceeded this amount. He said the lowest bid for the facility was $80,240 and the lowest bid for the playground was $49,946.

Arey said some difficult decisions will have to be made. "We may not be able to do everything we wanted to in the way we want to do it. We will get it worked out one way or another. We basically can choose to re-bid the project, scale down the project or look to pay the difference."

Arey said his discussion with the council is simply to keep them informed of the situation and aware of the city's options.

In new business, council members will hear the waste/wastewater 2013 annual report which will be presented by auditor Scott Lovell.

Additionally, the council will discuss Resolution 4, which requests that Saline County 911 adopt a revised emergency rescue dispatch protocol for the city of Haskell.
The public is invited to attend the meeting.