In 2012 Special Projects saw the completion of the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant. This grant paid for the upgrade of 750 light fixtures to make the units more energy efficient. The grant also allowed the City to upgrade seven HVAC units at City Hall. This will allow the City to use office space that was unavailable due to old nonfunctioning units. These upgrades are expected to save the City $28,506.22 annually on our electric bills. The City received $14,246.43 in incentive money from the CitySmart program for these upgrades.
We are continuing to work on the Transportation Enhancement Grant which will provide funds to install sidewalks and crosswalks along Club Manor and to the entrance of Lake Willastein Park. This grant, Job #061323, is for $62,000.00 with a 20% match from the City. This project is expected to be completed in early summer.
Work is also continuing on an $84,128.00 grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Department. This grant will build another half mile of wetland trail and a viewing stand to go with the already existing wetland trail. The 404 permit has been received from the Corps of Engineers. We are working to complete the ADEQ permit. Work is expected to be completed this summer.
The Maumelle pedestrian/bicycle trail, Job# 061301 that will run along Maumelle Boulevard from Arnold Palmer Drive to Crystal Hill Road will be rebid early in 2013. Work is expected to begin in spring 2013.
Special Projects was also involved in installing an automatic door and replacing a non ADA compliant ramp into the Senior Wellness Center.
The Special Projects Manager serves on the Regional Planning Advisory Council. This Council is a part of Metroplan and is involved in long range planning for the Central Arkansas.
Special Projects Manager