The animal shelter will see nearly $45,000 in repairs and updates after the Conway City Council approved transferring $10,378.64 from the Animal Welfare Ad Val fund to add to an insurance payout for damage from a failed hot water heater in August.

On Sunday, Aug. 26 the shelter sustained damage that caused it to be closed until Friday, Aug. 31. No animals were injured.

“We had a hot water heater burst over the men’s room. The ceiling collapsed in the toilet, it collapsed in the hallway,” Animal Unit Manager Shona Osborne said. “When I opened the door at 8:30 Sunday, water rushed my feet.”

The department’s request to waive the competitive bid requirement for the emergency repair was also approved.

The council approved Rik Sowell Architects to design the renovations to the Federal Building for the new City Hall. Officials said they sent 16 Requests for Quotation (RFQs) and received four responses.

Aldermen also approved a pipeline crossing agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Company “to install a 3-inch encased pipeline for transporting and conveying wastewater from the [sanitation department’s] Material Recovery Facility (MRF) under the railroad tracks connecting to existing wastewater infrastructure near the Conway Animal Welfare Unit,” the agreement reads in part.

Sanitation Director Joe Hopper said that currently sanitation staff manually pump and haul the wastewater from a holding tank to a lift station, which is “not only a community safety hazard, but it does not meet cost-efficiency efforts or industry sanitation standards.”

The council finalized a real estate development/land transfer agreement with Summerwood Inc. for the affordable housing project in the historic Pine Street neighborhood. The housing project is part of the city’s $1.2 million investment in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help revitalize the historic area.

Community Development Director Kiera Oluokun said that seven of the homes will be affordable housing and the remaining five will be at market rate.

All items were unanimously approved. All aldermen were present.