Council approves ordinance for surplus auction

Thursday, March 11, 2021
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The city of Eureka Springs is putting several items up for bid at its annual surplus auction.

On Monday night, the Eureka Springs City Council approved a resolution to place the items in the surplus auction. Mayor Butch Berry explained that the city has to get rid of outdated property “just about every year.”

“Really, a lot of it’s not working and so we have to auction this off and this is a resolution allowing us to go through the auction procedure,” Berry said.

Council member Harry Meyer asked if the city will hire an auctioneer and Berry said that happens sometimes. Berry said the city might auction some of the items on Ebay, saying that’s been a useful tool during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It remains to be seen how we’re going to do that, but we have done an auctioneer before,” Berry said.

Council member Melissa Greene moved to read the resolution for passage and the council unanimously agreed to do so. According to the resolution, the items being auctioned off include three police department vehicles, three parks department vehicles, a public works generator and a copier from the fire department.

The council then voted to approve a resolution adopting the Arkansas Fire and Police Pension Review Board’s rule to allow pension plans with less than 50 participants to utilize the alternate cash flow projection valuation method to receive funds. Council member Terry McClung asked if the council must approve a resolution every time there’s an increase in pension and Berry said yes.

At the beginning of the meeting, Berry presented awards to the Eureka Springs School District and the First United Methodist Church of Eureka Springs. Berry said the school district received the Trendsetter City award presented by Arkansas Business at the Arkansas Municipal League’s 2020 winter conference. The award recognizes the district’s education and work force development program, Berry said, which includes a project-based agriculture program, Connect 4 and a new program for safety and health education.

“It is my honor this evening to thank the Eureka Springs School District for your resilience and creativity during these unprecedented times,” Berry said.

Eureka Springs High School agriculture teacher Jason McAfee accepted the award, saying school administrators were in a school board meeting.

“I’m speaking for them and also the other teachers not present tonight who are part of these programs,” McAfee said.

McAfee thanked Berry, Arkansas Business and the Eureka Springs community for all the local partnerships the school district has established over the years.

“We look forward to continuing to establish new ones in the future, because without the community, we can’t do our job as teachers,” McAfee said. “It is our hope we will continue working with you to improve and help those students gain employability skills, soft skills and life skills they will take beyond high school graduation.”

McAfee added, “And hopefully some of those kids will stay in this community and help continue to build this community in the future.”

Berry then presented the Volunteer Community of the Year award to the First United Methodist Church’s Answering the Call meal delivery program. Answering the Call provides weekly meals for those affected by COVID-19, Berry said.

“It is my honor this evening to thank Answering the Call for your care and compassion, not only for Eureka Springs but all of Carroll County,” Berry said.

Rev. Blake Lasater accepted the award and thanked church members Martie Davis and Bill Featherstone for keeping the program organized and running for more than a year. Lasater said he was thankful to the people of Carroll County, saying the program has had numerous volunteers since it began.

“It has truly become a community-wide effort and it has been so easy to do,” Lasater said. “It’s one of the first things I’ve done that everything just came together and everyone jumped on board. I think that’s a testament to what a wonderful community we live in, so thank you to everyone who has given to and volunteered with us.”

The council’s next regular meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday, March 22, at The Aud.

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