The Hope City Board of Directors, at its relatively busy second July meeting, decided on several issues.
- Ask City Manager Catherine Cook to present research at her first August meeting on the costs of installing a wading pool. Parks Superintendent Summer Powell outlined the options available should the city apply for a grant to purchase one. For now, the directors seemed to prefer placing the wading pool in Northside Park. City manager Catherine Cook said the conversion of lighting installations in the Fair Park fields should also be addressed.
- Award a soccer field concession lease for the next three years to Kris England of Hope. The original winner of the bidding process for the lease, Lori Morrison, refused to take it over. England’s offer was the second highest.
- Authorize applications for city police department grants.
- To allow an adjustment to the plans for the installation of signage at Parc du Pavillon.
- Pass a resolution ensuring that a semi-annual financial report is in a format “in accordance with guidelines established by three bodies that set accounting standards, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the American Institute of Certified Accountants and the United States Government Accountability Bureau.
After hearing a positive assessment of the City of Cook’s financial situation, administrators questioned the city’s chief financial officer about particular items in this report. All of these expenses were for expenses that the respective administrators wanted to explain.
During the CEO’s report, Catherine Cook reminded administrators and attendees that July 23 was City Cleanup Day. It will start at 7 a.m. On that day, the landfill will be open for city residents and businesses to bring in their loads of trash. No burning can be done since the declaration of a burning ban.
In the good news category, Cook said preliminary work began on the Sixth Street project on Thursday.
She also announced that the Streetscape project had received only one bid, which was $1,112,392 from Texarkana Concrete, about half a million more than the city had budgeted for the project. Cook said one driver of the high cost was the replacement of 38 streetlights. She added that the high bid might mean sticking with some parts of the project being completed and waiting for other parts as the grant money might become available, but not this year.
During citizens’ questions, Marcia White and Marshel Thomas both spoke in favor of locating the wading pool, if granted, at Northside Park. White also mentioned the drainage issues in this park that need to be addressed. White requested that a $200 cost for the use of the pool for Kickball by a community group be waived. (After the meeting, director Steve Montgomery gave White the money for that cost.)
The meeting can be viewed below beginning with the discussion on the splash pad.