City Board of Directors Meeting 12/01/20

City Board of Directors Agenda & Packet  12/01/20

CITY BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETING TUESDAY-The Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall Boardroom, Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
The agenda for the meeting includes:
-Approval of Board Minutes from November 17, 2020
-Public Hearing for Lodging Tax Ordinance
-Second Reading of Lodging Tax Ordinance
-Year-End Chamber Update
-CARES Act Receipt
-Consider Additional Compensation
-2021 Budget Capital Updates
-City Manager’s Report
-Routine Business
This meeting will be live-streamed, or available on Suddenlink Channel 9. We urge everyone to watch the meeting on one of these platforms if possible. If you have any business to attend to at the meeting or choose to attend this meeting in person, we ask that you wear a face mask for the protection of yourself and those in attendance. 

WATCH LIVE at 5:30 pm 12/1/20 with this LINK


PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING- The Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment will meet, Thursday, November 19th at 5:30 PM at City Hall Boardroom.
Items to be discussed are listed below with the attached agenda to follow.
-Consider request from Kelly & Misty Harris’ for painting a mural at 617 Clinton Street on the East wall facing the parking lot 
-Other Business

Planning Commission Meeting Agenda Packet 11/19/20

EMPLOYMENT NOTICE- Accepting Applications

Employment Notice – Laborer in the Drainage Department

The City of Arkadelphia is accepting applications for a Laborer in the Drainage Department. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid AR driver’s license, and Class A CDL. Must possess the ability to operate specialized vehicles and maintenance equipment. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and may be picked up and returned to Town Hall, 700 Clay St., Arkadelphia, AR 71923 7:30 to 5:30 Mon – Thu and 7:30 to 11:30 on Fridays or found online at Equal Opportunity Employer.


 The Arkansas Department of Transportation is proposing to construct a new Arkadelphia Bypass that will extend from Highway 67 to Highway 51 in Clark County.
The Virtual Location Public Hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
The ArDOT project staff will give a presentation regarding the project. The presentation will include both audio and visual components and will be in English. After the presentation, the project team will respond to questions and comments from attendees.
View the Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5:30PM meeting invite for more information:

Hazardous Household Waste Event 10/17/20

The Southwest Central Regional Solid Waste Management District (SWCRSWMD) will continue with the Fall Household Hazardous Waste Event on October 17, 2020.  To view what is accepted, please see the link below. Clark County Fairgrounds collection site, Oct. 17, 2020. 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Acceptance Information

Collection Day for Clark County Brochure


SOME ARKADELPHIA STREETS WILL HAVE LIMITED ACCESS WITH SLURRY SEAL-Arkadelphia Street Department will be working with the Slurry Seal Team, resurfacing Arkadelphia streets, next week beginning on Monday, October 19th. The following streets will have limited access throughout the week of Oct. 19 – 23, 2020. 
  1. North Park Drive
  2. Edgewood Drive
  3. Brentwood Drive
  4. Ivy Circle
  5. Forrest Park Drive
  6. Park Place
  7. Wildwood Cove
  8. Montclair Drive
  9. Cottonwood Circle
  10. North 25th from Feaster to Pine/MLK Street
  11. North 24th from Feaster to Pine/MLK Street
  12. North 23rd from Feaster to Pine/MLK Street
  13. Twin Rivers Drive between North 26th and North 22nd Streets
  14. Logan Street from Pine/MLK Street to North 16th Streets
  15. North 18th Street from Logan to Pine/MLK Street
  16. North 17th Street from Logan to Pine/MLK Street
  17. Blakely Street from Logan to Phillips Streets
  18. N. Clark Street from Logan to Evans Streets
  19. Gresham Street from Blakely to North 16th Streets
  20. Phillips Street from Blakely to North 16th Streets
  21. North 16th Street from Evans to Pine/MLK Streets
Please use caution and be mindful of the crews and teams working together for Arkadelphia. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause throughout the week



FEASTER PARK BASKETBALL COURTS GETTING A NEW LOOK- Progress is underway at the Feaster Park basketball courts! New backboards, rims and a fresh resurface should be completed by the end of the week. Keep Moving Arkadelphia Forward.


Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation has opening for Umpire/Official Position

Parks and Recreation
Salary: Seasonal/Contract
Report to: League Supervisor/ Program Manager
Job Summary
Officiate and control games, events and competitions in a confident, appropriate manner.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Supervise and regulate participants and spectators during the game.
  2. Dress appropriately according to the standard rule book for the sport.
  3. Arrive at the appropriate time prior to game time.
  4. Ensure all participants understand and comply with game rules and assess penalties when needed.
  5. Make game calls with confidence and knowledge of league rules.
  6. Make sure the teams have the appropriate equipment and inspect both players and equipment for any issues.
  7. Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  1. Possess an attitude of serving the public, maintaining a calm nature during
      disagreements from both participants and spectators.
  1. Possess good moral character at all times; during, before, and after games.
  2. Must not be under the influence of any controlled substance by law.
  3. Physically capable of moving during the game to correct positions to officiate the
      specified sport on the field or court in order to make the necessary observations and
  1. Possess the mental capability to comprehend the rules of play and make quick
Other Characteristics
  1. Good Vision: officials must be able to view violations and infractions accurately during gameplay.
  2. Interpersonal and communication skills: officials must communicate the rules clearly in a non-confrontational manner.
  3. Decision-making ability: officials must often make quick decisions on infractions and other calls.
  4. Teamwork: officials work with others to come to a mutual decision on rulings, and contribute to the development and educational experience of the team members.
  5. Must have participated in the sport to the extent that he/she knows rules and procedures appropriate to the specified sport.
  6. Weekend availability is required for this position.
This is a contract position. Applications may be submitted to:
Parks and Recreation Department – 2555 Twin Rivers Drive, Arkadelphia, AR  71923


The Arkadelphia Airport runway will be closed on Friday (10/2/20) from 7:00am to 7:00 pm. We will have equipment working on the shoulders of the runway. All of this work is tying up loose ends from last year’s drainage/overlay project. Any questions please contact the Airport Manager, Michael Sellers at 870.246.8945


Crews will be out on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 cutting back trees limbs that hang less than 14’ above streets or less than 9’ above sidewalks. They will also be trimming back limbs and shrubs that visually impair traffic signs or block the view of drivers at street corners.
“It has been a long time since trees and shrubs have been trimmed back to heights that are safe for travel and don’t hinder emergency vehicles and other equipment,” said Mayor Scott Byrd. “it is all part of cleaning up and Moving Arkadelphia Forward.”

Trails Master Plan

Arkadelphia Preliminary Trail Master Plan

The City of Arkadelphia is developing a Trails Master Plan that will assess the current condition of trails and prioritize recommendations for improvements.



This survey asks your opinions on walking, cycling, and using trails in Arkadelphia. The results of the survey at the link below will be used to inform the overall Trails Master Plan recommendations.
Please click the link below to complete our survey!


Baptist Health Establishes 24/7 Hotline for COVID-19 Questions

Please see the attached press release from Baptist Health regarding remote services for COVID-19.

Baptist Health Establishes 24/7 Hotline for COVID-19 Questions 


April 1st, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ouachita Baptist University – Cliff Harris Stadium Parking Lot
Enter from 8th Street; exit onto 10th Street

Screening does not guarantee a COVID 19 test. Testing will only be performed if patients are found to be symptomatic during screening.

Bring Photo ID and any available health insurance information.

Testing Priority will be given to high-risk patients:

  • Patients Ages 60 years or older
  • Patients with the following conditions:
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Pregnant
    • Immunocompromised patients (cancer, organ transplant, Human
    • Immunodeficiency Virus-HIV, rheumatologic disease, chronic steroids)
    • Healthcare workers
    • Institutionalized patients (nursing home, dormitory, shelter, or prison)
    • Dialysis patients

Joint Communication from the County of Clark and City of Arkadelphia.

Please see the attached press release from the City of Arkadelphia regarding the update of a positive test in Clark County.  City and County Officials will provide additional information tomorrow.

Baptist Health COVID-19 Drive-Thru Clinic

The attached information has been provided by Baptist Health. Please follow the instructions listed on this document if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. To schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic please call (870)245-2198.

COVID-19 Information from Dr. Pahls

Dr. Wendell Pahls of Baptist Health shares information regarding COVID-19 on KATV’s Saturday Daybreak at the link below.

Flattening the Curve​

Our friends at Baptist Health have shared links and information that we will be sharing today. The first link speaks about flattening the curve. Preventing the spread and exposure from person to person contact allows our medical professionals and facilities to adequately serve those that need immediate care.…/

Modified Operations/Closings

The current emergency regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an ever-changing, fluid situation. In our best efforts to protect the citizens and our employees we working with the appropriate healthcare officials to ensure we have the most current information. We encourage you to follow the guidelines determined by the Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC. Below are updates regarding public facility operations.
The Arkadelphia Recreation Center will close and remain closed until further notice.
Town Hall, Fire Station One and the Police Station will remain open for public business. However, to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, visitors to city facilities will be restricted to designated areas of entry. The designated area for Town Hall will be the South Entrance, (Water Department). The North end facing Clay St. will remain locked.
Additionally, following CDC guidelines and the President’s request, please don’t congregate in crowds of 10 or more in public parks.

Downtown St. Patrick's Day Spring Cleaning Sale

Our downtown businesses are doing a bit of spring cleaning on St. Patricks Day! Up to 80% discounts in participating stores. Come check out Downtown Arkadelphia on March 17th to find some great deals.

Pre-Census Fun Day

March 31st from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Arkadelphia Recreation Center Gym the Complete Count Census Committee of Clark County will be hosting a Pre-Census Funday for the children of Arkadelphia. We will provide hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks to those that attend, and there will be bounce houses for the kids! If you are a member of an organization that would like to set up a booth to hand out candy or take away information to the children and parents please complete the short 4 question survey at the link below. The Census is very important to future funding for our community so please join us for this fun and educational event!

Pine Street Signal Light Updates

1. The City has been given approval from ArDOT to move forward with a study for the implementation of a protected left-turn signal at WP Malone and Pine (coming into town). The engineering firm has been contracted and we anticipate the necessary study by March 17th. This will allow staff to bid the project and contract to have the light installed.

2. The light at 26th and Pine is not cycling property due to the loops in the pavement which have been damaged. Staff is working with a local contractor to provide new infrared cameras on the pole masts which will overcome the continuing issues with the sensor loops in the pavement being damaged and causing the lights not to cycle optimally.

3. The staff has been working with ArDOT for the installation of a traffic light at Professional Drive and Pine to protect ambulances and others going or coming from the hospital. The light passed a warrant study by ArDOT and we are in the process of securing an engineering contract to complete an installation study for ArDOT’s approval. This will take up to a year to complete and get the light installed but the journey has begun.

Pediatrics Plus Ground Breaking

The following photos are from the Pediatrics Plus groundbreaking ceremony hosted at Ouachita Baptist University this morning! This is a great step towards additional professional and educational opportunities within Arkadelphia!

With the development of this facility, Ouachita Baptist University will begin its new Masters of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, which is the only full applied behavioral analysis program in the state!

Updates to Youth Sport Complex Fields

Athletic Field Services of Arkansas did a fantastic job on our full sized baseball and softball fields at the Youth Sports Complex! The four little league fields are scheduled to be done within the next three weeks. This is a Move Arkadelphia Forward project.

For updates on all Move Arkadelphia Forward projects please visit the 2019 Arkadelphia Needs Initiative Page on our new website!

City Wins Business Excellence Award

The City of Arkadelphia was honored to receive the annual Business Excellence Award at the Arkadelphia Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet! We are very humbled to receive this recognition. We look forward to improving the city’s infrastructure and moving Arkadelphia forward in 2020!

In honor of Severe Weather Awareness Week and the City of Arkadelphia is sharing information to help you and your loved ones to be aware of safety measures to plan for in case of an emergency. Please review the infographics below provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rebranding Initiative

With input from graphic design professionals and other city leaders and residents, The City of Arkadelphia Board of Directors launched a rebranding initiative for the city at the March 3, 2020 meeting, by voting to adopt a new logo and visual identity. The image below illustrates the inspiration for the new design. The design is unique and graphically represents our geographic location, while providing an opportunity for us to tell our story.

City Board of Directors Meeting March 3, 2020

The Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall boardroom today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Arkadelphia Branding Presentation
  • Approve Resolution to Annex 115 +/- acres
  • Legislative Audit Report

City Board of Directors Meeting February 18, 2020

The Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall boardroom today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Approval of Board Minutes from February 4, 2020 – Mayor Byrd
  • Approval of Contract with Gum Springs Water Utility – Gary Brinkley
  • 2019 Financial Recap – City Manager’s Annual Report- Gary Brinkley
  • GovDeals Listing for Fire Dept. – Gary Brinkley

Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting February 20th, 2020.

The Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment will meet Thursday February 20th at 5:30 PM in the City Hall Board Room.  Items to be discussed are listed below with the attached agenda to follow.

  • Public hearing to consider Taylor King Enterprises LLC’s front yard variance request to construct an addition to his existing office building at 320 Main Street.
  • Staff Report for Taylor King request
  • Public hearing to consider a request by Tate Temple Church of God in Christ to reduce the required num her of parking spaces for a new church at 2005 Pine Street.
  • Staff Report for Tate Temple COGIC request
  • Adjourn Board of Zoning Adjustment
  • Call the Planning Commission to order.
  • Consider the January I 6, 2020 Planning Commission minutes.
  • Building Department Report, DeAnna Graves

Remembering Mayor James Calhoun

The City of Arkadelphia grieves the loss of our former Mayor and friend, James Calhoun.  Mayor Calhoun served on the City Board of Directors for 18 years beginning his service as City Board Member-At-Large in 2001, until appointed as Mayor from 2015- 2019.  Mayor Calhoun was instrumental in various ways during his tenure on the City Board of Directors including the Arkadelphia Coming Together (ACT) initiative, which was the plan that brought the Aquatic Park, Recreation Center, River Park Amphitheater, the Youth Sports Complex, and updates to Feaster Trail.  During his tenure as Mayor, Arkadelphia progressed in various ways including the development of the new Ouachita River Bridge, Desoto Bluff Trail Pavilion, and Water Utility Consolidation between Arkadelphia and Gum Springs.  He also presented more than 100 proclamations for various events/celebrations held in Arkadelphia.  Originally from Star City, Arkansas, he and his family moved to Arkadelphia in 1984 when he accepted the position of Pastor at Baring Cross Missionary Baptist Church where they served for 20 years.  Mayor Calhoun continued his ministry service as the Promotional Director of Arkansas Missions Projects raising money for missionaries and building plans.  Mayor Calhoun retired from his position as Mayor in September of 2019.  During a 2019 interview, he shared, “This town has been good to us; we have a lot of friends here, and Arkadelphia is a Great Place to Call Home.”

New Career Opportunities in the Parks and Recreation Department

Join our team! Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation has three openings for the following positions!
Full Time – Recreation Center Operations Manager
Part-Time Seasonal – Concessions Manager
Full Time – Facilities Maintenance Manager
Details on each position are available at the link below!

City of Arkadelphia Board of Directors Meeting

The City of Arkadelphia Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall boardroom, Tuesday, January 21st.
The agenda for the meeting includes:
Approval of minutes from January 7th Meeting
Approval of minutes from January 7th Budget Workshop
Consideration and Action Regarding Resolution to Adopt 2020 Budget.
Acceptance of Ross Foundation Grant
Approval of the 2020 Alliance Contract
Sale of Arkadelphia Fire Department Airpacks
Crist Engineers Agreement
Resolution on Tourism


Registration Now Open for Youth Softball!

Registration forms are available at the Recreation Center! We can email if needed. Fees MUST be paid when registration forms and birth certificates are turned in. The deadline to register is February 26th at 6:00 PM.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Operating Hours

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20th the City of Arkadelphia hours of operations will be as follows:
Town Hall (Administration, Building Department, Water Department) – Closed
Recreation Center – Open 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sanitation Department – Closed – No Residential trash pick-up and no make-up day.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Madden 20 Tournament on February 1st at Recreation Center

The Arkadelphia Recreation Center will be hosting a Madden 2020 Tournament on Saturday, February 1st.  Each participant must pay a $25.00 entry fee, 30% of the total entry fees collected will go to the winner of the tournament and 15% will be awarded to second place.  Special thanks to Game Stop of Arkadelphia for providing the equipment for the tournament!  For more information contact Junior Rodemeyer at

Phase 1 of Signage Upgrades Begins


Over the course of the next month, new signs will be posted on the streets highlighted on the Phase 1 Signage Map attached below. Batson Signs is helping the Street Department to replace older worn signs with new signs with enhanced reflectivity among the major streets within Arkadelphia.

Youth Volleyball League Beginning  in Late February 

Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Co-Ed Youth Volleyball League.  Registration deadline is February 8th by 5:00 PM, practice will begin February 19th and games beginning February 25th.  Participants will be divided into two divisions based on grades (3rd and 4th Grade Division and 5th and 6th Grade Division.)

Moving Arkadelphia Forward Update

•The water leaking into the north side of the Arkadelphia Police Department has been repaired.
•The air conditioning at the Arkadelphia Police Department has been replaced and is now operational.
•The leaking window on the north side of Arkadelphia Fire Department Station 2 has been fixed and the sheetrock repairs made.
•City Staff is working with an engineering firm to scope work for repairs at the Aquatic Park, drainage and street lights.
More to come!

Parks and Recreation Department Adopts Youth Fastpitch Softball Program

The Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Department proudly announces that we are adopting the responsibility of managing the Youth Fast Pitch Softball Program. This program was previously managed by the Arkadelphia Fast Pitch Association, and their dedication to this program is greatly appreciated. We are excited to move this project forward and to continue a wonderful softball program for the local youth and surrounding communities. More information and registration information will be coming soon!

Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting

The monthly Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting will be held on January, 16th at 5:30 PM in the Town Hall Board Room. Agenda items include:
2 Sign variances
1 Special permit request for signage
The Agenda Packet for this meeting is available at the link below.

Basketball After Dark

Join the Parks and Recreation staff from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday Nights from January 15th – February 19th.  $5.00 Drop-in fee, or $25.00 for all 6 weeks!  Contact Megan Engeler at for more information.

Founders Day Celebration

We had a great time celebrating the 163rd anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Arkadelphia!  Special thanks to Samantha’s Sweets and Java Primo for providing deserts and drinks!

Arkadelphia Founders Day Celebration

        Arkadelphia was incorporated on January 6th, 1857. To commemorate our founding, The City Staff invites the community to celebrate 163 years of Arkadelphia on January 9th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on the first floor of Town Hall. Cakes and other goodies from Samantha’s Sweets will be provided as well as cider and hot chocolate from Java Primo. After you celebrate with us, visit the Clark County Historical Museum and their special display of Arkadelphia’s history! Finally, to complete the evening, stroll around downtown during our first Open Late ‘Til 8 event of the year! Several of our Downtown businesses will be open until 8:00 PM and don’t forget to pick up your passport for a drawing. The winner of the drawing will be announced the week of January 13th-17th 2020.

New Police Vehicles Expected for Spring 2020

To begin phasing in our new Police Department vehicles, we will see 8 new vehicles in the department around April of this year! The attached image is a sample of what our new Police cars will look like in 2020!

Safety Upgrades at Youth Sports Complex

Baseball Field #5 at the Youth Sports complex has received safety updates recently. We have replaced the 20ft. poles with 30 ft. poles that will expand 145 ft. wide with netting to prevent foul balls from flying into the concession area, or toward spectators at nearby softball fields.

Concrete Work at Arkadelphia Police Station


Much needed improvements at the Arkadelphia Police Station began with foundation concrete work was completed!

Feaster Trail Drainage Upgrades


The Feaster Trail drainage project near the 10th Street Bridge is complete! This will improve drainage and provide a better recreation experience for those that frequent Feaster Trail!

Parks and Recreation Hosts Youth Volleyball Clinic

 The registration deadline for the Youth Volleyball Clinic is Jan. 17th at 6:00 PM! Boys and girls who participate will be instructed by HSU and OBU coaches and their student-athletes!

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League!  Registration Deadline is January 8th, and the league starts on January 13th.  Contact Megan Engeler at for additional details!

New Turnout Gear at Arkadelphia Fire Department

Christmas came early at Arkadelphia Fire. Our firefighters are now all fitted with new turnout gear replacing our outdated gear. This helps ensure the safety of each firefighter. Funded by Move Arkadelphia Forward 2019. A huge thanks to the Citizens of Arkadelphia for making this department better for our community.

New Extrication Tools Received by Arkadelphia Fire Department

A big thanks to the citizens of Arkadelphia.  Arkadelphia Firefighters are unpacking and prepping our new extrication tools to be put in service this week. These tools will allow our rescue crews to be more efficient while working vehicle wrecks. Funded by Move Arkadelphia Forward 2019.
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