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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Lean street plan okayed

  • The city's summer street overlay program is somewhat leaner this year because of a shortfall in sales tax turnback funds after an as yet unresolved state refund cut city revenues by more than $111,000 in the last quarter.
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  • The city's summer street overlay program is somewhat leaner this year because of a shortfall in sales tax turnback funds after an as yet unresolved state refund cut city revenues by more than $111,000 in the last quarter.
    City Manager Catherine Cook told the Hope City Board of Directors in presenting the 2014 summer plan that about $75,000 in revenues was cut from the program. However, based upon low bids received for asphalt supplies, the city was able to propose a plan for milling work on eight street sections and overlay work on 14 street sections for a total of $325,000.
    Some of it was already cut out before we knew about the sales tax,” Cook said.
    The low bid of Tri-State Asphalt, Inc., of DeQueen, was accepted for bulk asphalt materials at $103.82 per ton. The second low bid was $107.91 per ton by C&F Construction Co., Inc., of Smackover, and the high bid was from Gibson Asphalt Construction, of Wake Village, Texas, at $112.50 per ton.
    Under the plan, milling work will be done along South Greening to its Sixth Street intersection and along Sixth Street to Bonner; 16th Street at its Sammy Circle intersection; North Pine Street from Avenue B to Avenue D; and Avenue D from Pine Street to Hervey Street.
    Asphalt overlay will be used on Sammy Circle, from 16th to 18th streets; on 18th Street at Hope High School; alleyway between 14th and 15th streets; Park Drive; South Hervey Street from south of Seventh Street; Sunset Street past Wilson; Walnut Street from Ninth to 12 streets; Avenue E from Belew to Robinson Road; Greenwood from North Elm to end; South Greening to its Sixth Street intersection and along Sixth Street to Bonner; 16th Street at its Sammy Circle intersection; North Pine Street from Avenue B to Avenue D; and Avenue D from Pine Street to Hervey Street.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Everybody is trying to hold things as much as they can because of the shortfall,” Cook said.
    She said the street program will address areas in the southeast quarter of the city, and reflects the direction to city staff given by the board's street committee.
    Also Tuesday, the board approved a grant application for work at Hope Municipal Airport to complete joint sealing along Crosswind Runway 4-22.
    This runway is our secondary runway which is what makes it ineligible for FAA funding,” Cook said. “It is, however, eligible for Arkansas Aeronautics grant funding.”
    She said the city is applying for $181,000 under a 90/10 matching program, but with the understanding that the state will likely award a maximum of $150,000.
    Parks and Tourism Director Paul Henley said state officials have expressed concerns that municipal airport projects are becoming more costly because of overpriced engineering fees. Henley said none of those concerns have been addressed to projects for Hope.
    Bids on the joint sealing project are to be opened June 25, Cook said.

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