- The first of two construction contracts for water and sewer mains
along Riverfront Dr. was completed in the amount just under $437,000. The second
contract is currently underway, and construction is expected to be completed in
October, 2013. Total cost for both phases will be just under $1.5 million.
- A draft agreement has been prepared for relocation of the Union
Pacific/Fort Smith Railroad maintenance yard near the riverfront. The agreement
is being reviewed by the Pioneer Railcorp and the Union Pacific Railroad. The
2013 budget includes some of the funding needed for the relocation.
- Preparation of a marketing package to promote downtown and
riverfront development is nearing completion.
- Work on the final phase of structures and grading between
Highways 22 and 71 is progressing and should be completed by the end of 2013.
- Surfacing work for the entire segment between Highways and 22 and
71 has begun and should be completed by mid 2014. Shortly after this work is
completed, the roadway will be opened to traffic.
- Contact with AHTD officials to discuss engineering work for the
next phase of I-49 between Highway 22 and I-40 continues with support from the
region’s highway commissioner and the Frontier Metropolitan Planning
Ben Geren Park Improvements
- Sebastian County has appropriated its share of funds for the
aquatic center project. Both the city board and county quorum court determined
to use a construction manager approach for delivery of the project. Proposals
have been solicited, and a contract should be approved in August. The aquatic
center is planned to open in May 2015.
- Construction bids have been received for 2 new softball fields,
restroom/concession building, and parking lot for the girls softball league. A
recommendation regarding bid award is expected in July.
- The county has provided deeds which give the city an ownership
interest in the land areas where the aquatic center and softball fields will be
constructed. This is necessary to spend city funds at these locations.
Vision 2025 Plan
- The consultant, Wallace, Roberts & Todd, and the citizens
steering committee have met twice to begin the process of establishing a
community vision and updating the city’s comprehensive plan.
- Extensive public engagement work has begun with an open house and
soliciting the public’s visions and desires for the future of Fort Smith in a
variety of ways. A web site,
www.futurefortsmith.com, has been created to gather input and allow the
community to see people’s interests.
Fire Station Improvements
- The construction of fire station 11 at Chaffee Crossing continues
on schedule and within budget. It should be completed by the end of 2013.
- The board approved a construction contract in the amount of
$783,000 for renovations and upgrades at all 10 fire stations.
Wet Weather Sanitary Sewer Improvements
- Preparation of the site for the Zero St. pump station and
equalization storage site was completed at a contract cost of $830,000 plus
landfill disposal fees of $2.4 million.
- The board approved construction and engineering inspection
contracts for the Zero St. pump station and equalization storage facilities at a
total cost of $13.4 million.
- Neighborhood sewer line replacements/rehabilitations in the
Towson/Dodson, Sunnymede and Ramsey areas were completed at a cost of $4.1