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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Observance declaration to be sought

  • The Hope City Board of Directors gets a mixed plate of agenda items for its regular session tonight.
    The 7 p.m. meeting in the city board room at Hope City Hall is open to the public.
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  • The Hope City Board of Directors gets a mixed plate of agenda items for its regular session tonight. The 7 p.m. meeting in the city board room at Hope City Hall is open to the public. Here's the rundown: Fly the Blue – A proposal from the Hope Police Department to designate the week of May 15 as National Police Week and May 15 as Police Memorial Day will be presented to the board. The proposal follows the tradition of a federal law enacted in 1962 and amended in 1994 which makes the recognition nationally and directs the flying of the U.S. flag at half-staff each May 15. The board will consider an ordinance establishing the observance for the City. A candlelight vigil is also planned for May 15 at 9:30 p.m. at the Hempstead County Detention Center parking lot. Street stuff – Bids for hot mix asphalt, concrete and herbicide vegetation management will be considered in preparation for the City's annual street improvement program this summer. Reductions in the cost of oil have brought down asphalt prices, but concrete prices remain static, according to City Manager Catherine Cook. Four asphalt contractors, two concrete companies, and two herbicide companies have submitted bids. PAPI – Following through from the board's April meeting, City staff has requested that a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) be included in the City's current airport improvement plan, and the FAA has signed off on the project, according to Cook. The board will consider an amendment to its engineering contract for the airport project to include the PAPI. Fix it – An emergency waive bids ordinance for repairs to the City's landfill bulldozer is set for board consideration to replace the undercarriage of the machine. Lege update – Cook will discuss a number of legislative changes in annexation law which have come from the recent 89th Arkansas General Assembly, and how they will affect Hope.
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