Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Conway, Arkansas: City pushes forward with airport plans

The future of the Conway Municipal Airport will be on the agenda during the Conway City Council’s meeting at the District Court Building Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The council will consider a proposal to enter into an agreement with Garver Engineers over architectural and engineering services for the terminal building of the new airport.

According to Earl Mott, senior project manager at Garver, the company will provide “structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services necessary for the schematic design of the new airport terminal.” Garver is planning on using Architectural Alliance as a subcontractor for the job.

In addition to the terminal, the city will consider an agreement with Garver over an obstruction survey and approach date for the airport relocation. Plans are to break ground in Spring 2013 and open in 2014.

If agreed, the city will pay $80,000 for terminal schematic design and $72,905 for obstruction surveys and additional survey services.

The council will also consider a proposal to enter an easement agreement with The Village at Hendrix. Land owned by Hendrix known as the Watershed containing several paths, streams and natural features, may get a face lift in the form of a “Trails Grant” from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. The ability to construct additional paths and maintain improvements to the area. A condition of the Trails Grant is that the city agrees to accept responsibility of the upkeep in the event Hendrix is unable to do so.

In other council business, the council will vote on two proposed ordinances to rezone property near the Faulkner County Fairgrounds.

The planning commission has already approved rezoning of areas in the Hazelwood Subdivision from MF-2 multi-family to C-3 highway commercial. The areas surround an area already zoned C-3 along Arkansas 64. The City of Conway also received approval by the commission to rezone land next to the Hart land from MF-2 to I-3 intensive industrial in order to comply with the present use of the land, which is used for parking at the Fairgrounds and Conway Expo Center.

Its recommendation for both properties to be rezoned will be decided by the council.

The council will also consider an ordinance to update the city electrical code by adopting the 2011 National Electrical Code. A public hearing will take place at the beginning of the meeting to discuss the closure of all streets within the Turnberry Subdivision including Turnberry Drive and Edinburgh Drive.

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