The Helena-West Helena City Council authorized a grant application at its June 4 meeting that will connect the Big River Trail with the Delta Heritage Trail through Helena.

The Helena-West Helena City Council authorized a grant application at its June 4 meeting that will connect the Big River Trail with the Delta Heritage Trail through Helena.
At the same meeting, the City Council also authorized the purchase for a new pump for the city’s swimming pool in the North Helena Park, and they referred a citizen proposal to designate Biscoe Street as an honorary avenue honoring Conway Twitty to the Planning Commission for study.
Terry Eastin, who has been working on the Big River Trail project, made a presentation during the June 4 session about the plan to connect the two trails.
After outlining how the plan would connect the two trails through Helena, she said there was enough money in the earlier Walton Foundation grant for the local portion of the Big River Trail to match a grant for the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program for the funding for the connector to the Delta Heritage Trail.  With no controversy, the needed resolutions passed unanimously.
Assistant Street Supervisor Earnest Womack, who manages the Helena-West Helena Municipal Pool, made the presentation for the pump, which is necessary due to the total failure of the 46-year-old pump that had been rebuilt many times.
It will cost $9,300 and both Womack and City Clerk Sandi Ramsey noted that the Helena Health Foundation has funded all of the operational costs of the pool for six years.  After some discussion about whether or not the Foundation would cover this expense, the council authorized the approximately $9,300 to purchase the pump so that the pool would be available for use most of the summer.  
In a citizen's presentation, Larry Evans asked the council to consider renaming Biscoe Street (49B) as an honorary Conway Twitty Highway.  Multiple council members expressed concern about the city having no process or criteria for honoring people with honorary street designations, renaming of streets, or any public memorial of an individual.
The council decided to refer the matter to the Planning Commission so they could consider Evans’s request and develop some procedures and also directed city officials to refer all future requests of this variety to the Planning Commission.
In other council news from June 4, the City Council rejected Mayor Kevin Smith’s request to have a full-time security guard at City Hall.  Currently, local ordinances do not require any special training or certification for security guards.  Some members of the Council suggested any new "security" position be placed under the auspices of the police department, and that the position should be a trained law enforcement officer.
Council member Don Etherly summed up the council’s sentiment when he said, “We don’t want to give anyone a flashlight and have them running around here in the hallway.”