Members of the Cabot City Council committees for public works, budget and personnel, police and fire, and community development met briefly Monday to approve only two agenda items for the June 18 City Council meeting.

Aldermen Ron Wilson, Ed Long, Ann Gilliam, Rick Prentice, Damon Bivens, Doug Warner, Norm Naquin and Kevin Davis attended the meeting.

In Police and Fire Committee business, Prentice recommended a nearly $11,000 change order for the contract to build the new Central Fire Station, now under construction.

Change orders approve unexpected costs not included in an original contract.

Prentice explained that dirt work for the building uncovered a groundwater source that must be diverted. Installation of a French drain system would cost $10,924, he said.

Committee members approved the action for consideration by the City Council.

The committee members also approved for council consideration, Cypert’s recommendation to appoint Charles Ward to fill the Planning Commission position made vacant by the resignation of Jerrel Maxwell.

According to Ward’s biographical information, he moved the Cabot area in 1969, owned a sheet metal business for 20 years and is owner of a rental business, and has been a developer of commercial and residential properties.

The appointment would be for the remainder Maxwell’s term, which ends July 9, and to a succeeding term that would expire July 9, 2023.

Parks and Recreation Department director Travis Young reported that progress on the improvements and new all-inclusive playground area at Richie Road City Park are nearing completion, with most of the equipment installed and rubber impact material set for delivery. Reopening of the playground area is expected by the end of June, he said.

Cabot Public Library manager Kathleen Ashmore reported high attendance for the summer reading program with 650 persons participating.

Chief of Police Jackie Davis reported on the first week of the Junior Police Academy for fifth- and sixth-grade students, with the academy for seventh- and eighth-grade students set for July.

The Special Needs Junior Police Academy will be June 30, Davis said.