Arkadelphia City Manager Gary Brinkley provided a report on his new job and local projects during the recent meeting of the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors.

Arkadelphia City Manager Gary Brinkley provided a report on his new job and local projects during the recent meeting of the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors.
Brinkley, calling the last two weeks a “whirlwind.” He thanked the board for the opportunity to serve the community.
“It’s great to see the city through your eyes,” said Brinkley, noting the opportunities for work as “phenomenal.”
On May 18, an amount of $125,000 for the Armory property was received from the county. Also, Arkadelphia and Gurdon schools received a boost from the Reuse Fund, thus completely closing the account. This funds, totaling $132,900, were divided between the two schools to purchase robotic arms.
The following day, city employees and board members were given an appreciation lunch at the Arkadelphia Recreation Center. The lunch was provided by Southern Bancorp.
“They’re generosity is greatly appreciated,” said Brinkley.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception to welcome Brinkley aboard on May 25.
“I can’t express my gratitude for those of you who were able to come and those who sent their welcome.”
On May 26, Brinkley spoke to the Arkadelphia Lion’s Club during their weekly meeting.
“It was good to meet those groups.”
The city manager next discussed the monthly EDCCC meeting with Sun Bio, noting positives with work.
“We’ll continue to support that project, obviously.”
Brinkley stated he has met with the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance And Area of Chamber of Commerce President Stephen Bell and Executive Vice President Shelley Loe.
“We want to make sure we are always in communication with them and they with us.”
Brinkley also provided an update on the Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field’s hangar construction.
"The project is going slow. The hangar’s steel has been erected and Brinkley stated they have been promised by the engineers that the work will be completed by July’s end," said Brinkley.
At Brinkley’s behest, Sanitation Supervisor Aaron Bopp has instigated work to go through the city and retrieve brush and bulk items.
“We’re still going to have to figure out how to make that system work, to keep the city, to make the city, as beautiful as it should be,” said Brinkley, explaining that it is still a work in progress but future discussion of it will continue.
Brinkley revealed that at the end of the month, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) awarded a $92,503 grant that will go toward asbestos removal at the old county hospital. Once funds and contracts have been respectively received and signed, plans will go forward in building the new MLK park.