After a quorum was established, a Lonoke City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Wayne McGee on Monday night.

Will Staley with Thrive kicked off the meeting by giving the council an update on the city website and advertising campaign during the meeting. Staley proved visual representation of the brochure which is designed to target new families. It provides demographics of the town as helpful city information such as trash pick up maps, city contact information and location. He also showed the council multiple billboard and social media ads for the council to review.

Staley said the website should be ready to launch in the upcoming weeks.

After Staley’s presentation, McGee gave his state of the city address. McGee went over many projects the city accomplished in 2017, from repainting the water tower, manhole, well and pump station repairs, to welcoming new businesses and passing a city tax.

“If you look back, I think this will have been one of the biggest years in the town’s history,” McGee said.

McGee said this year would be an even bigger year for Lonoke, with all the upcoming projects.

“It’s going to be a busy, busy year,” McGee added. “It will be a great outcome when we get done, but it will be a headache.”

Also during the meeting, the council unanimously voted to:

- Make repairs to the fire alarm panel at the community center for $4,578

- Put street repairs from on main street out for bids, according to specs provided by the highway department

- Purchase 76 street signs for $2,345.92

- Spend $15,241.21 with Energy for walking trail extension lighting

- Authorize a resolution to utilize federal aide for a metro plan sidewalk grant

- By resolution, recognize the opiod epidemic and to engage in litigation as a member of the municipal legal defense program against entities or people responsible for the societal crisis

- Accept the bid of $1,200 per month for limb and leaf disposal with Danny Whitehurst

- Authorize the ball park windscreen purchase of $2,720.64 with BSN Sports of Texas

- Authorize the backstop padding purchase for the ball park of $1,079.07 with BSN Sports of Texas

- Authorize the line replacement for I-40 westbound exit ramp lights for the total cost of $10,933

- Accept the bid of $9,265 with Nick Witty Remodel and Construction for roof repairs to the Dr. Holmes building.

- Spend $2,316.25 for a load of clay for the ball park

- Spend $12,000 for gravel on the walking trail

- Spend up to $16,000 for pipe

- Authorize repairs for $6,282 for truck repairs with Seely Automotive in Hazen

- Authorize the mayor to spend up to $1,500 on stump grinding