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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Council approves contract, resolution

  • Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis told council members Tuesday night that a contract with Ken Weiland of Engineering Construction Services must be approved before the expansion of the boat ramp in the River Park can commence. The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is footing the bill for the ramp improvements at a cost of $8,500.
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  • Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis told council members Tuesday night that a contract with Ken Weiland of Engineering Construction Services must be approved before the expansion of the boat ramp in the River Park can commence. The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is footing the bill for the ramp improvements at a cost of $8,500. “The engineers have conducted a field inspection and general walking survey and have proposed an area for widening and extending the existing concrete ramp slab,” reported City Clerk Sandi Ramsey. The council was asked to waive the bidding and approve the resolution. “The Game & Fish Commission has control over the boat ramp and they have maintained the funding to ensure it's continued use,” commented Ramsey. Ramsey said that the weatherization, mud and debris caused the boat ramp to deteriorate causing it to become shorter. “This approval will waive bidding of engineering fee bids in order to get the work done while the weather is good. It has been approved by Game and Fish,” concluded Ramsey. The council approved the contract in order for the project to move forward. The council also reviewed and passed Resolution 16 defining the work on the Crowley's Ridge Parkway/Great River Road where pedestrian improvements for the Civil War Heritage and Delta Culture Center will be developed by the Arkansas Highway Department. “There is a 20 percent local match on this work. However, these funds have been secured from other sources and the city is not responsible for this match,” stated Willis. Councilman Jay Hollowell told the mayor and council that the city needs to address the Arkansas energy code before year's end. “The city issues building permits and it is required that this ordinance be approved,” stressed Hollowell. According to Willis, this ordinance provides minimum energy standards for new buildings, structures, or portions and additions for buildings that provide shelter for the public.
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