While everyone else was enjoying the closing hours of the Memorial Day holiday, the Austin City Council was hard at work. “We forgot to check the calendar,” Mayor Bernie Chamberlain said. “From now on, we will be more careful about setting meeting dates.”
Council members approved the purchase of a brush-rescue truck for the volunteer fire department, passed a zoning change and heard of a grant for improvements to the city park.
Chamberlain and Aldermen Matt Sheets, Tammy Williams, Randy Ryan, James Moore, Laurel Carnes and Rusty Eisenhower attended the meeting.
After discussion, the council approved the purchase of a Ford F-550, four-door truck for the fire department.
Chamberlain said the truck would be better suited to responding to emergencies than one of the fire trucks. It would be better to buy the smaller truck than to wear out a $200,000 pumper, she said.
Sheets made the motion to purchase the truck; it was seconded by Eisenhower. Williams and Moore voted against the purchase.
The City Council approved a rezoning request for the lot on the northwest corner of the intersection of Arkansas State Highways 367 and 305, from R-2 to C-1.
A store, bank and day-care center occupy the other corners, changing the last corner to commercial use is a reasonable move, Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain also told the aldermen that the city would receive a $4,000 grant from USDA-Rural Development for improvements to the impact zones at the city park. A volunteer work day is needed to coincide with delivery of the equipment and supplies, Chamberlain said.
The work day would meet the city’s portion of the grant with in-kind service, Chamberlain.
Chamberlain said Tuesday that the work day has been scheduled for June 5. “We’ll start at 9 a.m. and work to whenever,” she said.