June 17, 2021

City's financial matters sent to Full Council for approval

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Harrison City Council meetings produced some expenditures that need Full Council approval.

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Committee meetings held last week by the Harrison City Council produced some expenditures that will need approval from the Full City Council.

Harrison's Chief of Operations, Wade Phillips, told the City Council before that one of the Street Department's snowplows was out of service after seeing heavy use during the late winter snowfall. After some investigation he said a replacement truck, plow and chipper could be purchased at a price below $175,000.

In speaking of the Creekside Community Center project, Phillips said the demolition of the oldest portion of the former Junior High school for the new aquatics center contains asbestos and that the cost of removing the hazardous material will not be as expensive as anticipated. He said the cost is just under $35,000. Originally the cost projection was nearly six figures. Snyder Environmental of Bentonville will be contracted for the work.

The Finance Committee chaired by Mitch Magness reviewed the latest financial reports from Chief Financial Officer Luke Feighert, who is preparing the City to receive $2.7 million in Federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act.

The committee also reviewed equity adjustments to the Police Department pay grid and discussed a bid waiver for a Police Department facility improvement. Police Chief Chris Graddy said the off-site location is used by the department along with other outside law enforcement agencies for investigative uses.

Phillips also asked the committee to forward a change order for the exterior material to be used on the City's new Public Safety building.

Committee members voted to forward the financial matters on to the Full Council for approval Thursday, June 24.

Thanks to Harrison Daily Times for this article