BENTONVILLE -- The City Council on Tuesday night got its first glimpse at what future meetings could be like because of covid-19.
The eight-member council and other city officials met via Zoom technology to discuss the monthly agenda. In the council chambers at the Community Development Building were Mayor Stephanie Orman, City Attorney George Spence and City Clerk Linda Spence. Jonathan Rogers and Dennis Hayes with the city's Information Technology Department also were in the chambers to troubleshoot any problems.
"This is definitely a different environment to do this in," Orman said at the start of the meeting that lasted less than an hour.
The council chamber was laid out to observe the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations concerning hygiene and social distancing -- to keep at least 6 feet away from other people.
There was no provision to allow for the public to attend the meeting by electronic means, but the building was open so the public could attend. The audio from the meeting was piped into the lobby, and the meeting also was shown on a television screen in the lobby. No one from the public attended the meeting.
The council, using roll call votes, unanimously approved, among other items, a supporting the installation of the artwork Art Feeds Mural Created by the Sunshine School in Citizens Park near the inclusive playground. The Public Art Advisory Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved the proposal. Art Feeds will fund the design, and the Parks and Recreation Department will pay about $250 for installation, according to council documents.
The council also approved a lease with CPS Ventures for a hangar site at the Municipal Airport.
The council agreed to a bid waiver to buy uniforms for the Fire Department. Galls is considered the sole source for the uniforms for the city's public safety departments, according to council documents.
A $30,000 bid from Luttrell Enterprises for brush hog and rough mowing at the Airport also was approved by the council. The agreement may be extended up to three years, according to council documents.
The council accepted a $394,646 grant from the Walton Family Foundation for a stream restoration project along Town Branch Creek and reconstruction of the emergency access for Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park.
NW News on 03/25/2020
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