The Conway City Council will vote tonight on spending $50,000 in General Fund money to begin design and economic studies of the Markham Street Corridor project.

The project is a public/private partnership with retail, commercial and residential developers and public infrastructure projects. The main public infrastructure project will be the redevelopment of a scrapyard on 110 Spencer Street into a retention pool. The pool, which would be designed to hold up to 1.6 million gallons of water (about as much as 80 swimming pools), is meant to solve flooding problems in downtown Conway.

The city’s $50,000 would join an $180,000 Metroplan "Jump Start" grant to begin design and study of the project.

The council will also consider paying two residents who have reached agreements with the city to relocate because the first phase of the Western Loop will be going through their homes. The council will consider paying the Collins family $24,782 representing the difference between the value of their own home bought by the city and their new one. The other resident, Valvia Smith, has requested $1,950 in moving expenses from the city.

City Engineer Ronnie Hall said that parts of about 25 parcels of land have been acquired for the first one-mile phase of the project, including three homes and some acquisitions that are only temporary construction easements.

The entire Western Loop project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The following items are also on the agenda:

• Resolutions requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector to place a certified lien on certain properties as a result of incurred expenses by the City.

• Consideration to enter into an agreement with Enable Gas Transmission Co. for temporary and permanent easements for gas transmission lines on city property (Landfill) Tract 1 and water storage (Tract 5) locations.

• Review of the conditional use permit issued for property located at 3725 College Avenue (Back Achers Ranch)

• Consideration to accept bids for (9) General mechanic tool boxes & set for the Sanitation Department.

• Consideration to accept bids for a 2013 Automated Side Loading Refuse Truck (CNG) for the Sanitation Department.

• Ordinance authorizing the reclassification of a part time collector to a full time collector for the Sanitation Department.

• Ordinance authorizing a change in staffing levels for the Parks & Recreation Department.

• Consideration to accept bids for the comfort stations for the Parks & Recreation Department.

• Resolution requiring an audit of the accounting records for the City of Conway FY2012.

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