May 19, 2010 Edition

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WR receives grants, loans

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

The City of Walnut Ridge has received several grants and loans that will assist with the expansion of sewer services and extensive drainage work.

At their city council meeting on May 11, aldermen learned that the city has received a $120,000 USDA loan as well as a $120,000 USDA Grant and a $796,000 Natural Resource Grant. The money will be used to extend the city sewer lines to approximately 35 residents who live near the Luther Bridge Road, part of Midway and Highway 34, as well as to the bypass area near SouthPoint Tiger Express.

"This is basically a $1 million project, and the city's obligation will be $120,000," Rogers said. "We worked hard for this and are very pleased to have received it."

The city also received a $128,000 AEDC Grant for drainage work.

"Two projects will be covered by this grant," Rogers said. "One project is at Walnut and Northwest Seventh streets and the second is on Elm Street. The grant will cover new construction, new culverts, roadside ditches, cross drain replacements and outfall ditches."

The city will have to go through the bidding process, but Rogers said she expects the projects to begin sometime this summer or by summer's end.

In other business:

  • the council agreed to install a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Highland Drive and Ridgecrest. The sign was requested by several citizens who live near the intersection and expressed concern for their children's safety.

  • Adam Weeks, attorney for Britt and Michelle Sheets, asked the council if the city could buy their property and use it for a parking area. The Sheets own a home near the city pool and believe leaks from the pool have caused the house to be uninhabitable. They would like to see the city purchase the house and property it sets on and use it for parking. Weeks and city attorney Brent Crews will discuss the matter and the possibility of an offer and bring their findings back to the council.

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