The Ward City Council at the regular meeting held Monday considered sidewalks, budgets, conditional use permits and other issues.
Mayor Art Brooke and council members Bill Moon, Jeff Schoonover, Jeff Shaver, John Staley and Charles Gastineau attended the meeting. Don Howard was absent.
Fire Chief Randy Staley said the department would need about $11,000 to convert the department’s radio support to the narrow-band required by the Federal Communications Commission. He said he had delayed the conversion hoping to secure funding from other sources, but now faces a deadline of the end of the year.
The council approved $10,900 for the purchase of needed equipment.
The City of Ward general fund total, including 2012 general fund balance of $230,000, and projected revenue from sources such as the county sales tax, property tax, court fines, animal shelter fees, city sales tax, state turn backs and alcoholic beverage tax is about $1.4 million.
Other budget totals included Fire Department budget — $203,400, Parks and Recreation expenditures of $36,480; Police Department $517,000; Streets Department — $361,500; Water and Sewer System — $2,245,400
Council members approved the recommendation by planning commission chairman Gary Meadows to grant a conditional use permit for Special Moments Learning Center. The permit would allow the commercial operation in a residential area.
Meadows said the recommendation is based upon the building having been a commercial building in the past.
Also, the area it is in, at the junction of Arkansas highways 319 and 38, is developing into a commercial zone, Meadows said.
The intersection has only one residence, Meadows said. The other sites are an auto repair and two churches.
Meadows reminded the council members that the Ward Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, in the Community Room of the Ward municipal complex.
The council also approved the Accidental Death or Dismemberment as proposed.
A copy of the Sherwood parking ordinance was distributed to council members serving on the parking committee.
Brooks said the Sherwood ordinance was for information of the committee.
Staley said trailers being parking on the streets remains "a major issue" for the committee.