Although most of the mayor’s State of the City address took most of the time of the city council meeting held Monday, aldermen took action on seven measures, including tax liens, appointments, grants and recognizing the former parks director. Following the State of the City, the remaining business took about 10 minutes.
Mayor Bill Cypert and aldermen Ed Long, Ann Gilliam, Rick Prentice, Ryan Flynn, Kevin Davis, Angie Jones, Jon Moore and Dallan Buchanan attended the meeting.
"Cleanup" tax liens were approved on properties at 15 Morgan St. and 65 St. John Rd. The liens are to ensure the city has paid for cleaning, mowing, demolition and other work done by city crews or contractors to bring the properties into compliance with city codes. The lien on 15 Morgan St. is for $5,664.08, for removing the structure; the lien on 65 St. John is for $6,447.31, also for removing the structure.
Alderman approved actions to seek sidewalk grants through the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, Safe Routes to School; and from Metroplan and the Transportation Alternatives Program. The grants would be used for sidewalks and the bridge between Magness Creek and Magness Creek Elementary School.
The grants would cover $349,040, with the city matching with $87,260 — 20 percent of the total cost.
Cypert explained that the two sidewalk grant resolutions were each the same grant but seeking funding from different sources. If perchance both grants are approved, the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District would manage the funds to ensure proper sharing, he said.
The council also approved the re-appointments of Long and Gilliam to the Cabot Advertising and Promotion Commission. The re-appointments were required with the beginning of the new term of the city council.
The council also approved a resolution recognizing Larry Tarrant for his work as city parks director since 2006.
Cypert remarked that when Tarrant took on the director’s job, "the parks and recreation department was going through some difficult times."
"He deserves credit for turning it around and getting to where parks and rec is today," Cypert said.