The Conway City Council approved more than $64,000 in new equipment for the street department to address drainage and street light issues during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Currently more than 60 percent of the city’s street lights don’t communicate properly. To alleviate the problem, the council approved buying 62 switches for $29,264 to restore communication between city street lights.
It also approved buying storm and drainage cameras for $35,144.
“We’re fixing to really start trying to concentrate on some drainage work in Conway and [Street and Engineering Director] Finley [Vinson] felt like this was a good thing,” Mayor Bart Castleberry said of the cameras.
Aldermen also voted in favor of Grant Administrator Candy Jones applying for two grants for the Stone Dam Creek Trail Phase I improvements. The funding would be through the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
“We were going to go through recreational trail funding for the mountain bike park that we plan on doing out at Blaney Hill [but] we’re not ready yet,” Jones said. “We’ve got some issues to deal with – environmental [issues] and cost estimates and stuff like that.”
She said the highway department suggested the city apply for funding for the Stone Dam Creek Trail Phase I through two sources.
“We will submit two applications to be seen by two different committees, which likely makes our chances of getting funding a lot better,” she said. “This is just two different chances to get money.”
All items were approved 7-0. Alderman Wesley Pruitt was absent.