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Community Services/Animal Control Committee Makes Recommendations

In Community Service, the committee agreed to recommend three items to the City Council.

Finance Committee Votes for 911 Upgrade

The Finance Committee is recommending an allocation of $140,000 for upgrades to the 911 communications system. The funding will come from the 1/2 cent public safety tax approved by voters in 2013.

Judd Hart is recommended for council position

Benton's Personnel/Health & Safety Committee will recommend the appointment of Judd Hart to fill the vacated Ward 4, Position 1 seat to the city council. Hart is a pharmaceutical sales rep with Eisai Inc. & served on the Benton School Board for 5 years.

Hart was chosen among six other qualified candidates: Logan Allen, Andy Bloxum, Steve Jordan, Chris Ledbetter, Dave McCollum, & Mitch McDonald. The city council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 to vote on the recommendation.

Jim Gardner resigned from the Ward 4, Position 1 seat on July 29.

Burn Ban is lifted

Benton is no longer under a burn ban. Saline County Judge Jeff Arey ordered a burn ban on Aug. 3 due to dry conditions throughout the county, but he lifted that order today (Aug. 27).

Council approves Ralph Bunche Park improvements

Numerous improvements will be made to Ralph Bunche Park in Benton by the end of the year, weather permitting. Improvements include adding an amphitheater, another picnic shelter with a masonry BBQ smoker, 55 additional parking spaces, improved site lighting, & constructing a sidewalk from Palm St. to the park property.

The $466,800 project is funded through an Arkansas Parks & Tourism 50-50 matching grant.

City employees recognized

Three Benton employees – William Townsend, William Mahan, & Fire Marshal Bruce Armstrong - have been recognized for their years of dedicated service to the city.

 

Riverside Park gets lighting upgrade

In addition to the state-of-the-art facilities & amenities that will be constructed in the near future, Benton’s Riverside Park will be upgraded to feature LED sports lighting systems. Aldermen recently approved the lighting systems for the adult softball fields, youth softball fields & for the three soccer fields.

Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) holds workshop

The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) held their first workshop for the 2015-16 school year on August 15. Officers for MYAC are:

President- MiKayla Nash

VP- Becky Rand

Secretary- MaKayla Stafford

Communications- Catherine Nolte

Historians- Emma Carter and Haven Betts

Sophomore Representative- Jackie Sherrell

Junior Representative- Jessica Alvarado

Senior Representative- Anastasia Mills

Det. Dustin Hamm named Employee of the Month, June 2015

Detective Dustin Hamm is the City of Benton’s Employee of the Month for June 2015.

Detective Hamm, through teamwork, dedication, and determination, solved sixteen local burglaries in one fell swoop, several of which hadn’t even been reported.

Demolition bid deadline extended

A Request for Bids for demolition of two buildings in the city has been extended by two weeks. The original date and time of the bid opening for the demolition of buildings had been at 10 a.m. on August 17, but the deadline has been extended two weeks until August 31 at the same time. The two buildings are the old bus station located adjacent to the Benton Municipal Complex on S. East Street and the old Palace Theater building located on South Street. A legal notice of extension of the bid deadline was published in the Saline Courier on August 16, 2015.

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