The Conway City Council on Tuesday approved $22,000 to buy property it plans to donate to be used for affordable housing in the Pine Street neighborhood development.

Community Development Director Kiera Oluokun said the purchase at 1317 Factory St. would add to the public/private partnership with the Old Conway Village development.

"We increased it from three to nine, so we’ve added six single-family homes" to the development, she said. "This just adds to the revitalization over there, and also it adds for more frontage along Siebenmorgen."

Aldermen approved waiving bids and purchasing two trailer-mounted traffic signal systems for $54,600 from VER-MAC.

Conway Corporation currently has two of the machines it uses for flagging. The city wanted to ensure the systems would be compatible so it opted to get the same equipment rather than putting out a request for bids from various companies.

Also Tuesday, the council approved paying up to $160,000 up front to repair and maintain asphalt at the north and south boat ramp access parking areas at Brewer Lake with the understanding that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) will request full reimbursement from an Arkansas Department of Transportation grant using marine fuel tax.

"They [the AGFC] have received quite a few complaints on it," Mayor Bart Castleberry said of the parking lots.

All items were approved 8-0.