The Conway City Council heard Tuesday night that the city was one of only four in the state that received an increase in Community Development Block Grant funds for 2012.

The grant for the program year will allow for sewer and water improvements in the Pine Street Revitalization project, a contribution toward the building of the new Bethlehem House homeless shelter, transportation for the Boys and Girls Club, senior citizens, rides to jobs for persons with disabilities, a shredder for recycling efforts at Independent Living Services a match on a 9-passenger bus for ILS and the repaving of the parking lot at the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Center in Conway.

Lauralee Wilcox McCool, CDBG director, said allocations were based on serving the most people, the stability and longevity of programs, with the highest priority given to transportation services.

The council heard from City Engineer Ronnie Hall that work is progressing on the new airport in Lollie Bottoms with completion set for August 2014.

He presented a schedule for payment of the work, including the redevelopment of the 151 acres of property at the existing Cantrell Field, with an estimated market value of $8.395 million to $9.095 million.

In other business, the council

• Approved a supplemental power agreement with NRG Power for Conway Corp.

• Approved an ordinance for requirements of the wastewater collection system.

• Approved the nomination of Judge Michael Maggio to a five year term on the Conway Housing Authority Board.

• Approved a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County for property located within Conway Station Park.

• Approved an ordinance accepting and appropriating donated funds for the Conway Tree Board to assist with the annual Arbor Day celebration.

• Approved an ordinance to allow the discharging of air guns as part of a public display and/or educational event by properly qualified individuals.

• Agreed on the purchase of 1,298 square feet of right of way for the Prince Street Improvements Project for property located at 2605 Prince Street at a price of $10,000 ($7.70 per square foot) from Lisa and Roy Lovell.

• Extended a food services management agreement with Aramark for the Conway Parks and Recreation Department.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)