Eureka Springs City Council cancels regular meeting, budget workshop

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lovely County Citizen

The city of Eureka Springs canceled a city council budget workshop and regular council meeting that had been scheduled for Monday, March 23.

According to an agenda sent on March 17, the council planned to address a transit resolution for the Title VI program and discuss the city employee handbook and all commission meetings and workshops at the Auditorium.

The city postponed a joint workshop on the tree ordinance between the council and the planning commission scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, as well as the council and parks commission joint workshop scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

The City Advertising and Promotion Commission meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, has not been canceled or postponed. The city has rolled out a temporary protocol for public meetings, with Mayor Butch Berry saying in an email that all public meetings will be conducted to accommodate several needs. According to the email, the city must adhere to the CDC’s recommendation for a 10-person maximum gathering and 6-foot social distance between individuals. Residents and community members are invited to access public meetings in the following manners:

• All meetings will be live broadcast on Channel 21.

• Up to 10 members of the press and the public who do not have access to Channel 21 for the live stream may gather in the Aud lobby and can listen to the meeting live on speakerphone.

• All meetings will be rebroadcast on Channel 21 the following day at noon and 6 p.m.

• City Council meetings will additionally be rebroadcast on Channel 21 at noon the following Saturday and at 3 p.m. the following Sunday.

• City Council meetings will continue to be posted with closed captioning within 48 hours or sooner on Youtube and the city website at

• DVDs of all public meetings will be available upon request.

“As we are all aware, the current situation is very fluid and rapidly changing,” Berry says in the email. “We appreciate your attention to this change in our ‘normal’ and shift to the ‘new normal.’ ”

The Eureka Springs City Hall and public works offices have closed their lobbies to the public effective Tuesday, March 24. Work will continue as normal with high reliance on email and telephone communication. As of March 16, the city suspended all late fees and shut off notices for city utilities. For more information, call City Hall at 479-253-9703 and public works at 479-253-8646. Updates are also provided on the city’s website at

In other news, the Carnegie Public Library in Eureka Springs is closed to the public until further notice but is now providing curbside service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. To request curbside service, call 479-253-8754 or email the library at

The Celebrate Jesus Parade & Concert celebration scheduled for April 10-11 has been postponed until a later date.

The Carroll County Extension Office will be closed to the public until further notice. The staff is still available by phone or email and will maintain the standard business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office number is 870-423-2958.

The office is still accepting soil, litter, forage and plant samples. There is a table with labeled boxes outside the front door. The office asks folks to use plastic bags for soil and litter samples and paper bags for forage and plant samples. For plant samples, write your name, phone number and sample ID on the bag. The office will contact you about sample information and urges you to only drop off plant samples Monday through Wednesday to ensure delivering in a timely manner to the diagnostic lab in Fayetteville. If you are unsure which form to use for the other samples, call the office. Do not leave payment with samples that require it — you will be billed at a later date.

Cornerstone Bank has made the decision to temporarily limit lobby access at each of its locations and will conduct banking transactions through the drive-thru until further notice effective March 20. According to a press release, the safety and well-being of customers, communities and employees is at the forefront of everything the bank does.The release says the bank has decided to limit lobby access in response to COVID-19 concerns.

The drive-thru will operate during normal business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Cornerstone Bank offers several ways to access accounts and meet banking needs without physically visiting a branch. The bank encourages the use of its online and mobile banking features right from your smart phone, home computer or tablet. Additionally, the bank’s ATMs will remain well-stocked with cash for easy and convenient access to your money at all times. In-office visits may be scheduled by appointment only including lending, access to safe deposit boxes, account opening and more, the release says.

“We will continue to monitor developments around COVID-19 and provide updates as they relate to Cornerstone Bank on our website and social media channels which include Facebook and Instagram,” the release says. “You can rest assured that your funds are safe and secure with us and we will continue to provide reliable access to the important services and solutions you count on.”

Equity Bank has temporarily moved to a drive-thru first model at all of its Arkansas locations. The bank is ready to serve you through its full-service drive-thru and the lobby is available by appointment. Drive-thru services include new account opening, document signing, cash and debit card questions and more.

Arvest Bank has also moved to drive-thru service effective March 20. All Arvest branch lobbies and in-store branches will be closed until further notice and will continue to offer drive-thru, ATM and ATM with live teller services at branches that feature those capabilities. Customers who believe they have matters that require meeting with an Arvest Banker or need to access their safe deposit box should call 877-848-8373 to request an appointment at a nearby branch location. You can bank 24/7 using Arvest online banking, the general customer service line at 866-952-9523 and the 24-hour account information line at 800-601-8655.

If you have a closure or cancellation to announce, email Samantha Jones at

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