Conway City Council will consider the possibility of acquiring the Conway Scrap Metal Yard at 1110 Spencer Street at their regular meeting Tuesday.

According to a memo to the mayor and city council members from Scott Grummer, CDBG program manager, the city has already been in communication with the owners of the scrap yard for the past few years.

The acquisition would be for "remediation, storm water retention to assist in mitigating flooding issues downtown and possible conversion to a community amphitheater/park."

Two appraisals were preformed in October and November of last year. The city has also entered into the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Voluntary Cleanup Program which allows the city to negotiate for acquisition while retaining liability protection for any contamination on the site.

In the memo, Grummer said his goal was to have permission to provide the current owners with a Notice of Intent to Purchase and begin negotiations.

The proposed figures for negotiation is $275,000 for total just compensation contingent on environmental remediation costs not going over $50,000. The purchase price is $263,000, the average of the two appraisals, with an additional $12,000 relocation expense.

Also at the council meeting, the aldermen will discuss rezoning cases that came before planning commission including the rezoning and conditional use permit for Kids Play Properties at 2725 College Ave.

The meeting will be preceded by a committee meeting in which council will discuss a sanitation fee increase proposal.

The regular council meeting will be at 6:30 Tuesday evening with the committee meeting at 5:30. Both meetings will be at the Judge Russell L. "Jack" Roberts District Court Building at 810 Parkway Street.

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