Mayflower officials appointed David Hogue as the new city attorney during a regular city council meeting earlier this week.

Aldermen voted 4-0, with Judy Manley and Eddy York absent, in favor of naming Hogue as the city's new attorney Monday night. In appointing Hogue to the position, aldermen OKed a $16,000 contract between the City of Mayflower and Faulkner County, not with Hogue directly.

"We're in real good hands," Mayor Randy Holland said of Hogue's appointment. "[He's] someone I know I can trust."

Hogue, who has served as the Faulkner County attorney for five years, was selected to fill former city attorney Terry Ballard's role after Ballard died earlier this year. He will also continue serving his role as the county's attorney on top of his new role.

Serving in both capacities will not affect either entity negatively, he said.

Because the contract reached was between city and county officials, the county can now afford to hire a new legal assistant to pick up any slack following Hogue's new responsibilities.

"That $16,000 is just what I needed to get a legal assistant for the office, which means I'll be more efficient for the county and Mayflower gets an attorney," Hogue said following Monday's council meeting. "It's a win-win for both sides."

In other business, aldermen also accepted a $1.5 million bid from Western Millwright Inc. so that construction of the city's "Heart of Mayflower" center can begin.

Last month, city officials were waiting for the OK from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to move forward with accepting Western Millwright's bid.

Because the city obtained a $1.1 million grant to help fund this project, the EDA had to confirm the contractor's procedures adhered to federal policies.

After the EDA approved the contractor, aldermen ultimately voted 4-0 to allow Western Millwright to begin construction.

Mayflower Police Chief Robert Alcon said he and other members of his department are excited for this project to be completed.

"It's been a long time coming and we're looking forward to it," he said. "We'll be able to serve our city better [once the project is completed]. It's a more convenient location and we'll have more room so that we can serve more efficiently."

The 65-suare-foot building is set to be fabricated in the city's current civic district between the Mayflower Elementary School and the Senior Center on Ashmore Drive.

The $1,517,000 project is fully funded through grant funds and other monies obtained by the city, including a $1.1 million federal grant and funds provided by ExxonMobil.

The project features multipurpose plans from incorporating a new police station, courtroom, economic development as well as an environmental education and event space.

Holland said he believes the "Heart of Mayflower" center will refuel the small-town spirit of Mayflower and encourage economic growth.

"This will be the town center and what we call the 'Heart of Mayflower,'" Holland previously told the Log Cabin. "To me, if you get the Heart of Mayflower, then you can really start building. That's where the idea of you downtown comes from, and we can do festivals here. You've finally got a heart to the town again [with this addition]. I foresee this project bringing a lot of life back to Mayflower."