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Council approves fireworks fees, bus station demolition

City council members approved an ordinance establishing late fees on applications for the limited use and sale of fireworks within the city limits. The permit is due on or before June 1 annually and the late fees will be as follows: 7 days late is a 10 percent or $50 assessment, and between 8-14 days the assessment is 20 percent or $100. After 14 days from deadline any applications and permit fees will not be accepted.

Community Services/Animal Control Committee make recommendations

Members of the Community Services/Animal Control Committee are making a recommendation to city council members to place a tractor trailer size tarp on the roof of the Palace Theater. The 40 foot by 60 foot heavy duty tarp is recommended to stop the flow of water from entering the building.

Utilities Commission to discuss moving facility; Approves land purchase & $300,000 agreement

Benton Utilities Commission members agreed to hold a work session on Monday, Oct. 19 to discuss options of moving the billing department out of the Benton Municipal Complex. The 4 p.m. meeting will be held at the Benton Utilities administration building, located at 1827 Dale Avenue in Benton.

View the future Riverside Park facilities

As construction workers continue to move dirt, excitement is amping up in anticipation of Benton’s Riverside Park. The architects of Riverside Park, Black Corley Owens and Hughes, have released a new video showing many of the features that will be constructed at the Senior Activity Center, the Boys and Girls Club, Aquatics Complex, and the River Center. Watch the video here:  

Council approves 6-month extension on city property

Based on a recommendation by Mayor David Mattingly and the Community Services/Animal Control Committee members, City Council members approved a resolution for a six month extension to allow more research regarding the Palace Theater.

Benton Event Center earns Best of the Best award

The Benton Event Center has been recognized as a Best Event Venue in the state by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Best of the Best, following only behind Verizon Arena in Little Rock. The Best of the Best recognition is voted by Arkansas residents.

Burn Ban in Effect

NOTICE: According to Benton Fire Chief Bill Ford, the city has been placed under a burn ban as per Saline County Judge Jeff Arey.

MYAC accept Youth of Month nominations

Members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council accepted Youth of the Month nominations for October. The awardee will be recognized by the Benton City Council during the 7 p.m. Oct. 12 public meeting.

Members also discussed continuing the sale of sponsorships for the Tour de Benton bike ride event which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10. Tour de Benton is a family friendly bike ride managed and operated by the MYAC. Event proceeds will provide financial support for the Counseling Clinic of Benton in the wake of a recent fire.

Streets/Drainage Committee Recommendations

The Streets/Drainage Committee is making two project recommendations to Mayor David Mattingly’s Office. The committee members voted to proceed with estimates on Eagle Run Drive storm drainage improvements to the mayor to discuss funding options of the project before making a recommendation to the Benton City Council. An engineering firm estimated the project at nearly $84,000, to replace rusted out pipes and replace washed out storm drainage. The total footage of replacement is estimated nearly 300 feet.

Council approves alderman appointment for Ward 4

Judd Hart was officially sworn in as alderman for Ward 4, Position 1 after Benton City Council members approved the recommendation by the Personnel/Health & Safety Committee. Hart was chosen among six other qualified candidates: Logan Allen, Andy Bloxum, Steve Jordan, Chris Ledbetter, Dave McCollum, & Mitch McDonald. Hart is a pharmaceutical sales rep with Eisai Inc. & served on the Benton School Board for 5 years.

In other business, the council approved: