The Spirit Homes purchase, one of the most ambitious parks and recreation projects in the city’s history, has fallen through, but the Conway City Council will vote on moving ahead with two other projects at tonight’s meeting.

On the agenda is consideration of bids for a project to extend the Tucker Creek Walking/Bike Trial from Prince Street to Gatling Park.

The low bid for the project, $340,000, was submitted by F. P. Bivens Construction Co. 

Assistant to the mayor Jack Bell said he believed the council would approve this low bid from the six contractors who submitted bids.

Though not on the agenda, Bell said the council will also be asked to sign off on design proposals for the new fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are being built on a 40-acre property east of the city limits. Bell said that local hotel owner Ken Patel’s offer to donate the old Ward Transportation Sales building on Amity Road, a property Patel recently acquired, is still in the cards, though the donation will be dependant upon the structure not being needed for collateral when Patel seeks a loan to develop the property.

Another smaller building Patel offered to donate won’t work, Bell said, as engineers have told the city that it isn’t tall enough. This will mean building a new one, he said, but the cost difference in new construction and the dismantling and reassembly of an existing building is negligible.

In other business, the council will consider:

• An agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County to provide funding for transportation services;  

• An ordinance appropriating funds to provide transportation funding for the Boys & Girls Club;

• Resolutions requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector to place certified liens on certain properties as a result of incurred expenses by the city;

• Accepting bids for a 2009 Flex Wing rotary cutter for the Sanitation Department and an ordinance appropriating funds for the purchase;

• Bids for a copier/scanner/fax/printer for District Court and an ordinance appropriating funds for expenses related to District Court automation;

• An ordinance accepting donated funds for the Conway Fire department;

• An ordinance waiving bids to purchase replacement fire hose for the Conway Fire Department;

• And allowing the Faulkner County Quality of Life Council to continue using Centennial Soccer Park for the yearly holiday light festival.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the District Court building at 810 Parkway.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at Send us your news at