The Mountain Home City Council moved quickly through the agenda at its monthly meeting Thursday night. The council approved an allocation to the parks and recreation department for resurfacing tennis courts; created a new line item in the budget of the Mountain Home Police Department; and approved which vehicles and equipment would be offered at the city's annual auction.
Alderman Bob Devecki presented the council with a proposal from the council's parks and recreation committee to resurface the three tennis courts at Cooper Park. Devecki said the tennis courts are in ill repair and rapidly deteriorating. Devecki said the committee initially planned to explore the repair issue in the 2015 budget, but recently learned of a time sensitive grant opportunity from the United States Tennis Association. The city stands to recoup up to $15,000 of the total project cost with grants from the USTA and the Arkansas Tennis Association. The Twin Lakes Tennis Association has agreed to provide a $3,000 contribution to the project. Devecki said resurfacing and striping the courts serves a dual purpose: creating a venue for adult and youth tennis tournaments, and restoring the courts for those throughout the area who use them daily. Several members from the community spoke in favor of the project. Council's unanimous vote, with Alderman Marshella Norell absent, transferred $22,000 from the city's carryover general fund to a special line item in the park department's budget. Professional Court Resurfacing out of Little Rock will perform the repairs.
Mountain Home Police Chief Carry Manuel requested approval to create a capital improvement line item in the department's budget. Manual said the request would allow the department to pay for the unexpected cost associated with replacing two air conditioners and a heating unit at the department. Manuel said the $6,900 cost exceeds the amount that can be assigned to the maintenance line item. The council unanimously approved Manuel's request with no discussion.
The council also unanimously approved the list for the annual city surplus auction. The auction of vehicles will be on Tuesday, June 24th. The auction of equipment and miscellaneous items will be on Friday, June 27th.
In other business, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Dillard presented a resolution recognizing Ryan Nelson-Butts for his work on the Veteran's Wall on the Mountain Home Plaza. Dillard commended Nelson-Butts, an Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 156, for his leadership in repairing and restoring the wall.
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