The Conway City Council announced the suspension of rules for the addition of four items to the agenda during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Council members voted unanimously to waive the requirement for competitive bids for the purchase of a new heating and cooling unit for the Conway District Court Building.

Tuesday’s meeting was held at the Faulkner County Courthouse due to the outage.

District court employee Donna Rappold told the council the air conditioning unit had been broken since last week, and court had since been held in various locations “all over the city” to avoid the high temperatures in the building.

Several estimates were received from area businesses, but the council awarded the job to Nichols Heating and Cooling through commercial contractor Spradlin and Kuykendall in the amount of $26,371.18.

The estimate includes the replacement of the existing unit in favor of a 20-ton air condenser, a 20-ton air handler, R410 refrigerant and all necessary duct, vent, drain and pan replacements for installation.  The estimate also covered the cost of removing a section of metal roof from the district court building, the use of a crane to do so, and any other heavy equipment.

Additionally, the council unanimously voted in favor of the appropriation of $25,000 from the general fund for previously approved financial services provided by Thomas and Thomas for professional accounting services.

Council members also considered change orders to three projects — one at Conway Station Park and two at Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds.

Conway Parks and Recreation Director Brian Knopp told the council the department was $86,189 under budget as of Friday. 

The council approved the addition of $14,306 for work on additional conduit and piping at College Station Park.

“We need to get the conduit in now before the sidewalks and pavement go down ... so that we won’t have to dig up any work that’s already been done,” Knopp said. 

The council unanimously approved the additional cost of $35,700 for the purpose of adding a water line and dump station at the RV parking area at the new fairgrounds, and $28,455 for hydroseed on what Townsell described as 813,000 square-feet of exposed ground around the fairground facilities.

Council members also approved:

• An ordinance closing the easement located in University Park Subdivision, Lot 1 off of South Donaghey Avenue.

• A resolution setting a public hearing to discuss closing four utility easements located in Woodland Springs Subdivision, Phase III along lots 122, 123 and 124 for August 24.

• A resolution setting a public hearing to discuss the closing of Edgewood Drive in the Second Baptist Subdivision for August 24.

• Resolutions requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector to place certified liens on properties located at 1450 Arden Lane ($117.71), 1510 Arden Lane ($117.71), 1724 and 1726 Robins Street ($155.85), 8 Azalea Loop ($180.71) and 503 Monroe Street ($182.76), as a result of incurred expenses by the city due to code enforcement violations.

• A resolution amending the Conway Master Street Plan to allow a portion of Donaghey Avenue shown as a major arterial on the Conway Master Street Plan to have right-of-way width of 90 feet.

• The acceptance of a low bid by Grayco Construction Co. in the amount of $647,672 for a bottom liner system for Zone 18 and 19 at the sanitation department.

• The acceptance of a low bid by NetGain Technologies in the amount of $37,455 for additional storage for the IT Department.

The council also announced a special committee meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the McGee Center to discuss Prince Street improvements.

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